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UNC Charlotte Open Access Publishing Fund

Introduction to the Open Access Article Publication Subvention Fund (OAAPSF)

The Open Access Article Publication Subvention Fund (OAAPSF) is a voluntary, experimental effort by Atkins Library to assist UNC Charlotte faculty who publish in PURE OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS ONLY.  In particular, the library cannot support hybrid journals (those who charge both subscription fees and author charges) nor can it support journals identified as 'predatory'. (see below "What publications are eligible?")  Supporting hybrid or predatory journals, with our very limited dollars, does not advance the development of quality peer-reviewed open access publishing.

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR JOURNAL MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH BELOW BEFORE APPLYING. If you have any questions about this, please contact Chuck Hamaker, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, cahamake@uncc.edu 704.687.1106.  Mr. Hamaker is responsible for administering the OAAPSF within the confines of the OAAPSF policy guidelines.

General Statement
Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte regards open access (OA) publication of scholarly articles as a foundational aspect of a sustainable scholarly communication system for scholars and researchers. To this end, the Library has chosen to establish a fund intended to assist UNC Charlotte faculty across campus with the cost of article processing charges (APCs). UNC Charlotte faculty are also encouraged to investigate other sources of monetary assistance that may be available first, in particular whether their own college has established a similar fund on their behalf.  The OAAPSF fund will complement other Library expenditures that support OA publication, such as memberships and subscription charges.

The fund emerged from and is in accordance with the principles of the “Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity” (COPE) http://www.oacompact.org/, launched in September 2009 to help level the playing field between subscription-based and open-access journals. Though not a signatory of COPE, UNC Charlotte has established open access funds compatible with its underlying principles.


Frequently Asked Questions About the Open Access Article Publication Subvention Fund (OAAPSF)

What is the OAAPSF for?
What publications are eligible?
What publications are not eligible?
Are there limits on support?
How does the funding work?
Where can I get more information about the OAAPSF?
Where can I get more information about Open Access at UNC Charlotte?
How do I apply?

What is the OAAPSF for?

The fund is intended as a last resort for payment of APCs resulting from OA articles authored by UNC Charlotte faculty, research scientists, postdocs, and students. The fund is restricted to articles accepted for publication in peer-reviewed, OA journals. We ask that funded articles be placed in the Library's repository.


What publications are eligible?

Characteristics of eligible OA journals:

  • Peer reviewed
  • Indexed by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), or published by a reputable OA publisher, such as Frontiers, Hindawi, PLoS, [etc]
  • Have policies and practices consistent with the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Code of Conduct (http://oaspa.org/membership/code-of-conduct/)
  • Make their standard fee schedules publicly accessible
  • Waive their fees in cases of financial hardship
What publications are not eligible?

Characteristics of ineligible journals:
  • Articles that appear in Beall’s List Journals or Publishers, http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/. Beall’s List consists of “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers.”
  • Articles in journals that charge an annual subscription fee, including journals that use a delayed OA model, or offer an “open choice” option to make a particular article open access are not eligible. Also known as HYBRID JOURNALS.
  • Articles reporting on research supported by funders that allow research funds to be used for publication fees (e.g. NIH) are not eligible for this funding, whether or not publication costs were specifically included in the grant. This fund is intended to be a last resort for use when no alternative source of funding is available.
  • Articles accepted for publication before July 1st, 2013.
For further questions, contact Chuck Hamaker, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, cahamake@uncc.edu 704.687.1106.

Are there limits on support?

The subsidy is limited up to $1,000 per article, regardless of the number of authors.

The program is a pilot project, and for this reason in early years funding will be limited. It is impossible to anticipate the level of demand, but should demand for support exceed expectations, we may limit access to funds on a first-come-first-served basis.

How does the funding work?

The OAAPSF provides up to $1000, awarded on a case-by-case basis, to be applied to APCs, as described above. 

To request funds, faculty authors should fill out and submit the Open Access Fund Request Form to Chuck Hamaker, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, cahamake@uncc.edu 704.687.1106. Chuck will review the request for eligibility and inform the author as to his decision.

Where can I get more information about using the OAAPSF?

Contact Chuck Hamaker, Associate University Librarian for Collection Development, cahamake@uncc.edu 704.687.1106.

How do I apply?

Complete the following form OAAPSF application form and submit the completed form to cahamake@uncc.edu.

Where can I get more information about Open Access at UNC Charlotte?

http://library.uncc.edu/openaccess

This page adapted with permission from MIT Open Access Publishing Fund
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