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Open Access Author's Fund

Policy Changes Take Place on September 2, 2015

The Open Access Authors Fund pays article processing fees (APCs) for articles in open access (OA) journals that use this funding method.  Certain criteria apply.

Who is eligible?

  • The fund is open to graduate students, faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants must exhaust other funding sources (e.g. grants) to pay for APCs before applying. 
  • The first author on the article must be from the University of Calgary though we will sometimes make an exception to this.

What is eligible?

  • The fund will pay APCs for articles that have been accepted for publication in fully OA journals that are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.  Journals listed in the Directory have made a certain level of commitment to quality.  Fully OA journals are journals where all of the content (articles, editorials, letters, appendices, data, etc), in all formats (HTML, pdf, etc), in all issues (current and older), is openly accessible.  We will consider applications for Canadian OA journals that are new and haven’t had a chance yet to register with the Directory of Open Access Journals.  
  • Articles that have been accepted for publication in hybrid OA journals will not be eligible for coverage by the fund.  (A hybrid open access journal is a journal that only makes some articles open access upon payment of an additional fee.)  
  • Journals/publishers that have differential charges for Creative Commons (CC) licenses will not be eligible.

What are the limits on the Fund?

  • The fund will pay for two successful applications per year (September 2, 2015 – August 31, 2016)
  • The fund will limit grants to a maximum of $2,500.00 USD per successful application.
  • Libraries and Cultural Resources is committed to supporting open access publishing and ensuring opportunities for scholars and disciplines across the University to publish in open access journals.  This support continues despite the decline in value of the Canadian dollar.  .
  • We will reevaluate the changes that have been made in the Summer of 2016.  

Other information:

  • Authors who are submitting to the fund will need to complete the application form.
  • Normally, applicants will know if their funding request has been approved within five business days.
  • One application covers one accepted paper.
  • Payments are made on behalf of authors by Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) directly to the publisher. Applicants should keep all relevant paperwork and correspondence.
  • Libraries and Cultural Resources will deposit a copy of funded articles in the University of Calgary institutional repository (Prism).

Please see also:

Open Access Authors Fund FAQ

Payment by the Open Access Authors Fund

Articles published in BioMed Central (BMC) and Hindawi journals

Memberships with OA publishers

OA publishers that are eligible for coverage by the Open Access Authors Fund

Planning for publishing OA

A brief history of the Open Access Authors Fund

Fund criteria changes, September, 2015


For questions or comments, please contact:

Robert Tiessen
Books and Media Collection Development Librarian/Open Access Librarian
Collections and Technical Services
Libraries and Cultural Resources
MLB 402 D
403-284-2109 (fax)

Last updated: September 1, 2015