The Open Access Publishing Fund, a joint project of the University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research, has operated in various forms since 2012. However, practices in scholarly publishing have evolved rapidly in those seven years, and it has become clear that other opportunities for investment in open access may have greater strategic impact. After consultation with representatives of University governance including faculty and graduate student authors, the Open Access Publishing Fund will be closed at the end of fiscal year 2019.

Alternatives for authors:

Authors who have already been accepted at a publication that charges an Article Processing Charge (APC) may be able to seek a waiver from the publisher after indicating that there are no institutional funds available. (The Open Access Publishing Fund was a fund of last resort that provided support only to authors who had no other funds available.)

Authors who have not yet had an article accepted for publication should know that there are many ways to make a work openly available that do not require authors to pay any fees.

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