Libraries Open Access Fund

Oct 4, 2021

For several years, DU researchers have expressed a need for support in funding article page charges (APCs) when submitting to open-access journals. We are pleased to announce that University Libraries is now in a position to do it. The Provost’s Office provided funding in FY 2022 for the Libraries to pilot a centralized, formal, and equitable process for securing APC support. A committee of faculty with representation from every school and college will work with the Libraries to manage the requesting process, and we invite requests from any member of the DU community.

Eligibility requirements

  • Current faculty, staff, and students are eligible for up to $3,000 per year per article, 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
  • 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 are required to submit articles to the Libraries Institutional Repository and attribute support to the university

We hope this support removes barriers to researchers publishing in the venues of their choosing and results in more DU research being freely and immediately available worldwide.

Please visit the DU University Library page for more information, and contact Jack Maness ( if you have any questions about the fund or anything related to open access publishing.

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