The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce the establishment of a limited fund to support open-access publication by standing and associated faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. The fund is a pilot project to support Penn scholars who want to make their publications openly accessible to all readers immediately upon publication by paying reasonable publication fees required by open-access journals. An author may request up to $3,000 per article (or alternative publication format) and no more than $3,000 in any academic year.
Open-access publishing offers an alternative to the traditional subscription publishing model, where libraries and individuals pay a fee for access. Open-access journals make their articles available freely to anyone while applying the same peer-review process to submissions as subscription journals to insure the integrity of the scholarship. Since open-access journals charge no subscription or access fees, operating expenses must be covered through other sources, such as article processing fees. The Open Access Publication Fund is being established to help cover those charges.
The Penn Libraries will provide subsidies to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the designated funds for the academic year have been used. Successful applicants will have up to $3000 per article reimbursed upon the submission of a receipt and proof of payment. All publications funded by the libraries’ Open Access Publication Fund will be submitted to Penn’s institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons@Penn. ScholarlyCommons highlights Penn-authored publications, provides a permanent URL for each work deposited therein, and provides easy discoverability.
For more information and to apply for funding, please visit: http://guides.library.upenn.edu/library_support_for_openaccess_publication. If you have questions about the application form or the fund, please contact Richard Griscom, Director of Collections and Liaison Services.