In spring 2012, the University established its first Open Access Publishing Fund, with funds from the budget of the University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President of Research. The fund was renewed in late 2014.

Update 05/16/2016 - the Open Access Publishing Fund has disbursed all funds allocated to it for the current fiscal year - we are out of funds. We are not accepting new applications until July, 2016. At that time, publications that meet the other eligibility requirements will be eligible for retroactive applications, back to April, 2016. (As of 02/09/2016 notice was displayed here that we could not guarantee funding availability for new applications.)

New Eligibility Requirements starting in July 2016 - only fully-open-access publications will be eligible for funding. "Hybrid" access publications, in which works are normally not openly available, but can be made so on payment of additional fees, will no longer be eligible for support.

Apply, or contact copyinfo@umn.edu for more information.

Funds are available to UMN authors from all campuses who have no other available funding, to cover the costs of making their publications available to the world. We believe that free online access to published research benefits authors, other researchers, the University, and many people around the world.

In order to be eligible for support, a work must be:

  • A peer-reviewed journal article, scholarly monograph, conference proceeding, or data set
  • Created by a University of Minnesota author (any faculty, researchers, post-docs, graduate students, or staff)
  • Fully open and available immediately upon publication (no "hybrid" access, no time-delays)
  • Already accepted for publication at the time of application for funding support