OSU Open Access Fund Eligibility and Guidelines

**All Pilot Funds Allocated**

Who can apply?

Current OSU faculty, staff, and enrolled students are eligible to apply for funds from the OSU Open Access Fund pilot. Funding for publications that comply with the eligibility criteria will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

What journals are eligible?

The venue of publication must be a peer-reviewed Open Access journal – a journal that does not charge readers or their institutions for unfettered access to the articles that it publishes. Journals with a hybrid Open Access model or delayed Open Access model are not eligible. To be eligible, a journal should have a publicly available standard article fee schedule and be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) OR published by a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

What fees can be covered?

The OSU Open Access Fund pilot funds can be used to cover article publication charges (APCs) or Open Access Fees (OA Fees) for previously unpublished peer-reviewed articles in fully Open Access journals (in which all articles are openly accessible) where articles are made immediately available, with no embargo period.

How much funding is available?

The OSU Open Access Fund will cover a maximum of $1,000 for any one article. Authors may receive funding for up to $1,000 per academic year for all Open Access fees. Unused amounts do not roll over to future years. In the case of multiple-authored articles, all OSU authors are considered awardees.

What else do I need to do?

Applicants will be asked to provide a copy of their accepted manuscript and their acceptance letter as part of the application process.

We request that funded authors add an acknowledgment to all articles sponsored by the Fund, such as:

Funding for Open Access provided by The Ohio State University Open Access Fund.


Partial funding for Open Access provided by The Ohio State University Open Access Fund.

Awardees will be asked to participate in an evaluation of the pilot project. This may include a survey and/or a conversation with a librarian.

A list of awardees and their funded publications will be added to the Fund website.

Funded authors will deposit copies of the final published version of works, or final author manuscripts, supported by the OSU Open Access Fund in the Knowledge Bank, The Ohio State University’s open access repository. The Libraries will provide deposit assistance.

Other Sources of Funding Available

The OSU Open Access Fund pilot is a limited resource intended to support Open Access publishing across the university. We realize that $1,000 may not cover the entire Open Access fee for your article, and we encourage you to explore other sources of funding (such as your department or funding agency) to cover the difference.

Application Process

Please submit your request for funds after your article has been accepted for publication, but before it has been published, by using the online application form. PLEASE NOTE: We have allocated all of our pilot funds. The application form is not available.

Contact for Assistance or Additional Information

The Ohio State University Open Access Fund pilot is coordinated by the University Libraries’ Digital Content Services Department. For further information on the OSU Open Access Fund pilot, contact libkbhelp@lists.osu.edu.