OSU Open Access Fund FAQ

**All Pilot Funds Allocated**


Who is funding this?

This pilot project is funded jointly by the University Libraries and the Health Sciences Library. The University Libraries’ support is through its Innovation Fund.

Who decides which applications are funded?

Funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, assuming all requirements have been met.

What is the amount of the award?

Up to $1,000 per article; up to $1,000 per academic year per author. In the case of an article with multiple authors, all OSU authors are considered awardees.

How do I apply?

Complete the online application form. PLEASE NOTE: We have allocated all of our pilot funds. The application form is not available.

When do I apply?

Have your application ready and submit it after your article has been accepted by an eligible journal (and before it has been published). We recognize that some authors would like to know that their costs will be covered before submitting a work for publication review. However, if we hold back funds for an article that is ultimately not accepted for publication, it might prevent an author of an accepted work from receiving timely support. We will process applications quickly, so if funds are still available when your work is accepted, and your work meets all the eligibility requirements, you will receive a decision quickly.

Who is eligible to apply?

OSU faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students who have had an article accepted by a fully Open Access, peer reviewed, scholarly journal are eligible to apply. For more detailed criteria, please see the Eligibility and Guidelines page.

What journals are eligible for funding?

Unpublished peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication in fully Open Access journals without embargo periods are eligible. The fund cannot be used to support publishing in "hybrid' Open Access journals. 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). For more detailed criteria, please see the Eligibility and Guidelines page.

 What is a hybrid journal? 

In an increasingly common model, many publishers offer an Open Access option to authors who publish in a subscription journal. Under this model, the individual article would be made freely available online, while the rest of the journal remained subscription-access only.

Why don't you fund hybrid journals?

As a careful steward of university resources, the Libraries frequently make difficult choices about what resources to buy and what services to offer. In this case, we prefer to direct our support to publishers of fully Open Access journals, rather than those who are simultaneously charging authors for Open Access and libraries for subscriptions. Authors at OSU have the option of providing Open Access to their work through the Knowledge Bank, OSU’s institutional repository, provided they comply with the terms of the author agreement they sign with the publisher.

 What kinds of charges can the fund be used for?

The fund supports mandatory article processing charges (APCs) for Open Access publishing. Extra charges such as color fees and page charges are not supported by this fund.

What is the difference between Open Access fees and page charges?

Page charges are typical in the sciences and some social science journals. The publisher charges a fee, per page, to cover the cost of printing the article on paper. Sometimes there is an extra fee for illustrations or color images. This revenue source is in addition to subscription charges, and is typically billed on acceptance of the article. Both Open Access and non-Open Access journals may have page charges, although digital-only journals typically do not.

Do funded authors need to deposit their final accepted author's manuscript or article in the Knowledge Bank?

Funded articles or final peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts will be deposited in the Knowledge Bank, The Ohio State University's institutional repository. Authors may either self-deposit or request that the Libraries deposit on the author's behalf. Funded authors will be contacted by Knowledge Bank staff regarding deposit.

What if I already signed a publication agreement? 

Your agreement may already give you the rights you need to deposit your article in the Knowledge Bank (OSU’s institutional repository), which is one of the requirements of the Fund. If not, you can ask the publisher for permission to make your final, peer-reviewed manuscript available online through your university.

What are my rights as an author? 

As the author of a work, you are the copyright holder unless/until you transfer the copyrights to someone else (such as a publisher). Publishing in an Open Access journal allows you to retain your copyrights but even when you choose to publish in traditional subscription-based journals, you can still negotiate for your rights. When you are presented with a publisher’s copyright agreement, you can make changes to the document in order to retain some or all of your rights.  The University Libraries' Copyright Resources Center provides additional information about negotiating your rights.

Who do I contact for assistance or additional information about the fund?

For further information on the OSU Open Access Fund pilot, contact libkbhelp@lists.osu.edu.


What is Open Access and why should I consider publishing in an Open Access journal?

Open Access literature is free, digital, and available to anyone via the Internet anywhere in the world. With barrier-free access comes greater visibility and readership. Open Access can increase the impact of Ohio State scholarship.

Does Open Access have peer review?

Open Access is a type of economic and distribution model for journal publishing, and does not have a bearing on the journal’s quality or method of review. Most Open Access journals use the same type of double-blind peer review as most subscription journals. Open Access journals vary widely in quality and prestige, as do subscription journals, and we encourage you to look carefully at any journal you are considering as a publication venue for your work.

How is Open Access different from traditional publishing?

Traditionally, scholarly publishers have worked on a subscription model, where readers or their institutions cover most of the cost of publication by paying to access the content. Open Access removes the subscription barrier, so that the content is freely available to readers online. Some Open Access journals cover the cost of publishing by charging author fees, but many are supported entirely by their host institution and are free to both author and reader. The quality and impact of the journal and the method of peer review do not depend on the access model, and there are high and low quality journals in both traditional and Open Access publishing.

How does Open Access affect the Journal Impact Factor?

Although Open Access journals initially appear to increase citation rates, this effect appears to be highly variable. However, most studies to date have shown no discernable difference in Impact Factor measurement between Open Access and non-Open Access journals. 

Iain D. Craig, Andrew M. Plume, Marie E. McVeigh, James Pringle, Mayur Amin, Do open access articles have greater citation impact?: A critical review of the literature, Journal of Informetrics, Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2007, Pages 239-248, ISSN 1751-1577, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2007.04.001.

McVeigh, Marie E. Open Access Journals in the ISI Citation Databases: Analysis of Impact Factors and Citation Patterns A citation study from Thomson Scientific. Thomson Corporation 2004. http://biblioteca.uned.es/lenya/bibliuned/search-authoring/docpdf/oacitations2.pdf

What is the difference between Open Access and Open Data?

Open Access typically applies to openly available journal articles, while Open Data refers to openly available datasets. Public Access may refer to one, or both, types of information.

How do I find Open Access journals?

The Directory of Open Access Journals lists Open Access journals. 

I’m thinking about submitting my article to an Open Access journal. How do I know if it’s a good journal, and a good fit for my paper? How can I find other appropriate journals in my field?

Your subject specialist librarian can help you with these and other questions related to publications in your field. Find your librarian through the Subject Librarians page.