Open Access Publication Equity Fund

The Libraries are pleased to announce that for the third year running we are able to fund article page charges (APCs) when submitting to Open Access journals. It's our hope that this support removes barriers to researchers publishing in the venues of their choosing and results in more DU research being freely, immediately available worldwide.

While this fund is limited to journal publications, DU Libraries is in the process of evaluating options and establishing a process for Open monograph publishing. Like other academic libraries, ours is interested in presses that publish monographs in accessible digital editions (typically under a Creative Commons license) and aren’t tied to a singular publishing platform. In addition, we’d like for Open monographs to be free of Digital Rights Management (DRM) clauses, and we’ll ask that a press provides a copy of the digital edition of a monograph for inclusion in DU’s Institutional Repository, Digital Commons.

There are further and other decisions to be made, and other elements for DU Libraries to consider, before we move forward with a process as large and multifaceted as funding Open monograph publishing. We’ll update here as our process evolves. As always, thank you for your patience and understanding.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Current DU faculty, staff, and students are eligible for up to $3,000 per year until pilot funds are spent.
  • Journals must be fully Open Access and compliant with the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Code of Conduct, or be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. “Hybrid” journals, where some articles are open and others are not, are not eligible. Our Open Access guide provides some explanation of these models.
  • Funding is intended to support Open Access to research articles where publication fees are not covered by grants or other funding sources.
  • Chair, dean, or governance body approval is required before the committee approves funding.
  • Acceptance of an article by a journal will not be immediately required; funding for successful proposals will be encumbered for three months while the author prepares the manuscript for submission.
  • Authors must submit articles to the Libraries’ Digital Commons @ DU (Institutional Repository) and attribute support to the university.

Request Funding

Use the Open Access Publication Equity Fund Request Form to submit your application. Initial responses will be sent within five business days of receiving your request.

For questions about the fund, or anything related to Open Access publishing, contact Shannon Tharp, Collections & Content Management Librarian: