Open Access

Open access is an electronic publishing model that allows free and immediate access to research, and  also allows authors to retain intellectual property rights to their research.  Many open access journals charge authors publication fees, which can be a barrier to publishing  in such venues.

To help offset the cost of publishing in open access journals the Office of the Provost and University Libraries have established a small fund to assist with authors’ fees.

Researchers may apply for funding to be applied toward publication fees up to:

- $3,000.00 for publication in full open access journals that allow immediate, free access to all their articles upon publication (check the Directory of Open Access Journals: http://www.doaj.org/ for titles that qualify).- $1,500.00 for publication in “hybrid” open access journals.  These are subscription-based journals that allow open access only to articles for which author open access fees have been paid (check Sherpa/RoMEO’s list of Publishers with Paid Open Access Options: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/PaidOA.html).

Funding is not available to researchers with grant funding that could be used to pay open access fees.

For more information and an application form, go to: http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/OAfund

Questions about the process may be directed to Mike Wright, Interim Associate University Librarian, Collections and Scholarly Communication (michael-wright@uiowa.edu).