April 2019 update: The UCSF Library is extending funding on a trial basis in 2019 for open access (OA) publishing to UCSF scholars who do not have a faculty co-author.
The Open Access Publishing Fund is made available to UCSF faculty, postdocs, students, and other researchers so that their scholarly articles and books may be openly published for all to access. If you or your research team have sufficient grant funding, or if your department covers publication costs, please use those funds to pay your publication charges.
Current UCSF personnel and students with the following titles who do not have funding to pay for OA publication charges may apply for funds once an article or book has been accepted for publication:
Each application must have a sponsor from one of the series listed above. A co-author may apply on behalf of a sponsor. An awarded application will constitute that sponsor's allocation for the calendar year (journal article) or for two years (book). Only one application may be submitted per eligible publication. See amounts covered below.
UCSF researchers are encouraged to include a line item for open access article or book processing charges in future grant proposals. Many funders, including the NIH and the Gates Foundation, cover such costs.
Only one author per publication may apply for funds. Eligible authors may be awarded funds toward one open access article per calendar year, or towards one OA book every other year, so long as funds are available. OA books costing $2,000 or less may be funded once per calendar year.
Publications that otherwise meet the publication criteria below but that charge to download file formats other than HTML will be funded at up to half the amount in the respective category.
Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sales tax does not apply in California to open access publication charges since it is non-tangible property (see under Paying Sales or Use Tax). This fund will not cover sales or VAT taxes if the publisher mistakenly charges them. Authors should ask publishers to remove any such taxes.
*Change effective February 5, 2016.
Journal Article Criteria
For reference: Criteria for evaluating publishers
Names of award recipients and information about publications funded will be included on this web site and in reports and announcements about the fund. Your feedback about this fund is invaluable to our evaluation, so we will send a brief survey to all participants.