Program Description: UCSB Open Access Fund Pilot Program

Beginning in Fall 2012, UCSB and other University of California campuses are launching an Open Access Fund PIlot Program.  The fund will help researchers without external funding cover the cost of open access publishing charges for forthcoming publications.  Eligible charges include article processing charges (APCs) for unpublished research in fully open access journals; hybrid journals (subscription journals with an open access option) which offer publication fee discounts to UC authors; charges for publishing peer reviewed open access monographs; fees for open access data archiving; and fees for publishing open access conference proceedings.

UCSB faculty, graduate students, lecturers, post-doctoral scholars, researchers, scientists, librarians, and other non-Senate academic appointees are eligible to apply for funds.  Eligible authors will be reimbursed up to $3,000 in article publication fees for the duration of pilot period, 18-24 months.

The California Digital Library (CDL) and UC campuses are providing the funds in order to support UC researchers interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing.  Campuses will track how the funds are spent.  After 18-24 months the success and sustainability of the Pilot Program will be evaluated.  The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California scholars and encouraging faculty control of copyright.

Authors can apply for funds using the online application form.  Following approval, authors will have to complete and submit the Payment Request Form (forthcoming) and provide supporting documention to be reimbursed for a publicaton fee paid to a publisher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What are the benefits of Open Access publishing?

If you retain important copyrights in your work and use one of the alternative forms of publishing that do not place restrictions on access, you enlarge your audience, increase the sharing of knowledge, and accelerate research.  To learn more, please visit the University of California's Reshaping Scholarly Communication site or the UCSB Library Scholarly Communication site.

Q.  Who is eligible?

UCSB faculty members, post-doctoral scholars, graduate students, researchers, lecturers, scientists, librarians, and other non-Senate academic appointees are eligible to participate in the pilot.  We request that authors with funding from external grants or contracts not utilize pilot project funds in order to allow others to share in the benefit of open publcations.

Q.  What types of charges will the fund cover?

Authors can be reimbursed for open access processing fees for:

Fully open access journals - fees to publish in journals in which all articles are immediately available open access.

Hybrid journals (subscription journals with an open access option) which offer publication fee discounts to UC authors.

Open access monographs - fees for publishing open access ebooks with reputable publishers.

Open data archives - fees charged by a data repository for archiving open access data.

Open access conference proceedings - fees to publish papers in fully open access conference proceedings.

Funds are for unpublished research.  Publications must be made freely available at the time of initial publication with no embargo periods.  Funds from the pilot are not available to cover color charges, page charges, illustration charges, or submisson charges.  As with all journals, authors are encouraged to publish their research results in high quality publications. 

Q.  How much will the fund pay?

The fund will reimburse up to $3,000 in article publication fees for the duration of pilot period, 18-24 months.  This is a pilot program and is subject to funding restraints.

Q.  Is this related to the draft faculty-proposed Open Access Policy for the University of California?

No, it's unrelated.  The pilot will pay costs for publishing new research in open access journals and other venues, and will involve funds provided by CDL and UC Campuses, administrered by campus libraries.  The proposed Open Access Policy is focused on open access archiving, regardless of place of publication and is under discussion by faculty senates.

Q.  When does the pilot begin and end?

The pilot will begin fall quarter 2012 and be evaluated after 18-24 months.

Q.  How is the program being funded?

The pilot program is being supported by the California Digital Library and the UCSB Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor.  This is a pilot program and is subject to funding restraints.