Open Access Fund Launched

The Library’s Open Access Fund Pilot Program is now accepting applications.   The Fund helps scholars cover the cost of author fees when publishing in peer reviewed open access publications.  Eligible authors will be reimbursed for up to $3,000 for unpublished articles.  

The chief goals of the Pilot Program are to foster greater dissemination of the work of University of California scholars and to encourage faculty control of copyright.  If researchers retain some or all of the copyright to their work or use alternative forms of publishing that do not place restrictions on access, they enlarge their audience, further knowledge sharing, and accelerate research, all of which can result in their work having a greater impact. 

The Pilot Program will be evaluated after eighteen to twenty-four months to determine its success and sustainability.  The Program is based on Berkeley’s Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII), which was established in 2008. 

The UCSB Open Access Fund Pilot Program is supported by investments from the California Digital Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, and is subject to funding restraints.  For complete details and to apply for funds, go to UCSB Open Access Fund Pilot Program.