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Please note, due to the end of AU's fiscal year, invoices for approved OA Fund applications cannot be processed until July. Thank you for your understanding.

University Library and Open Access

The library's Open Access fund helps researchers pay the article processing charges (APCs) associated with publishing in open access journals. We are providing these funds in order to encourage researchers to publish their work in high-quality open access publications. In order to ensure quality while supporting research from all AU disciplines, the journal in which your work will be published must meet certain criteria as detailed below.

We welcome feedback, questions, and other correspondence at, and encourage interested faculty to email for assistance with the application process.

Application Criteria

  • Funds are available to all current AU faculty, staff, and students.
  • The journal must meet at least two of the following four criteria:
    1. The journal is listed in the DOAJ or its publisher is a member of the OASPA.
    2. The journal is included in academic databases (indexed) as reported by Ulrich's Directory.
    3. The journal has an impact factor or other indicator of credibility (e.g., Scimago Journal Rank, Google Scholar Metrics).
    4. It has nationally or internationally esteemed editors or editorial boards.
  • If a journal charges a subscription fee, it is not a fully OA journal. Rather than subscriptions, many fully open access journals have article processing charges (APCs) to cover production costs. The Open Access Fund is designated for those costs.
  • Funds can only be used to pay author processing charges for articles that have been accepted but not yet published.
  • Payment must be made directly to journal (i.e., no author reimbursement).
  • These funds should be considered last-resort. If your research is supported by a granting agency that allows grant funds to be used to pay article processing charges, please explain in your application.

Additional Details

  • Authors must agree to deposit a copy of their manuscript in AU's open repository, AURA. We also encourage authors to deposit a copy of their research data in AURA when possible.
  • The AU Library will fund publication of one open access article per author. A faculty member becomes eligible again for a second (or later) award 12 months after any given award is granted.
  • Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funds have been expended.
  • We will strive to respond to all correspondence to within two business days, and process all applications within one week.

Apply for Funding

If your journal article meets all the requirements, please click the button below to begin the application process.

Apply Online

About Open Access

  • Open Access(OA) describes the online, free-to-register, public access to the scholarly journal literature that has until very recently been only available to the reader through subscriptions or affiliation with an institution that pays subscription fees.

  • Such "subscription-only" access significantly reduces the possible dissemination, impact, and engagement between scholar, funding institutions, and the public that ultimately funds the research endeavor.