Under Open Access, literature “… is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” Peter Suber, Senior Researcher for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). It contrasts with the most prevalent and traditional method of scholarly communication in which publishers obtain copyright from authors and disseminate research literature for a fee to subscribers.
The Health Sciences Library is now accepting applications for its Open Access Fund. For students and early career professionals the award up to $1000 can be used to pay for the “author processing charge” (APC) that many open access journals require. These journals allow authors to distribute their intellectual property without any restrictions, and usually permit them to retain copyright ownership. In contrast to the traditional journal model in which the author is restricted from distributing her work and the reader has to pay to access it (via subscriptions), in the OA model the author pays to publish his work and readers have no limitations to access it.
Despite costs to authors, there is growing evidence that many articles published as open access are more widely noticed and downloaded than articles published in subscription-based journals (see for example, Davis 2011). For more information about the Open Access movement, please see the OA FAQs.
The HSL Open Access Fund or OAF is meant to encourage researchers who have little or no financial support to pay for any type of publication fee. Generally speaking, these scholars tend to be students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty; these individuals will receive priority therefore for an OAF award.
While the OAF can be used to pay the APC of an open access journal of the author’s choice, in order to avoid fraudulent journals, the library will restrict the range of acceptable journals to those that are known to be legitimate. They include most members of the Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association or those known to comply with its Code of Conduct. Examples of these publishers or journals are: Biomed Central, JMIR Publications, PeerJ, PLoS , and others. All journals will be assessed by the OAF committee for legitimacy and for their requirements. Ideally, journals should allow the authors to retain copyright to their articles and not merely permit their distribution within limits.
- Affiliated with AMC
- Early-career author (see Funding Priorities below)
- Publishing in a reputable OA journal
- Article is accepted (and APC has not been paid) or submitted. NOTE: We cannot consider applications for articles that are still under preparation.
- No other funding source except personal funds
- Substantive contribution to the article
IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE, Funding Priorities are as follows:
- Residents, Fellows, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Junior Faculty (within 5 years of the start of his/her career)
- Other faculty
The maximum award per application is $1000 to be used only for the author processing charge (APC). The award cannot be used to fund other fees such as “submission charges,” “review charges,” or “page charges.”
- If the APC is less than $1000, the award amount will equal the APC amount – i.e. your award will also be less than $1000
- If the APC is more than $1000, the maximum award is $1000 and the author is responsible for paying the difference to the publisher.
- Awards are paid once the library receives a copy of the publisher’s invoice.
- Applications must be received by the specified date.
- Applicants who meet all eligibility criteria will be considered on a "first-come first-served" basis within the application period.
- Every application will be reviewed by the OAF committee for eligibility.
- We cannot consider past recipients of the OAF for a new award.
Requirements for applicants who are identified as award recipients:
- Provide an invoice for the APC from the journal publisher
- Upon publication, submit the article to the Health Sciences Library’s institutional repository, Digital Collections of Colorado with a signed Deposit Agreement (see link to the Agreement near the bottom). Make sure you have the proper copyright permissions or you own copyright to your article.
- Complete a short evaluation form which will be emailed later.
We will be accepting applications from October 6 until November 7, 2014 or until funds are depleted.
- Check your Eligibility
- Check the Rules
- Apply right away. We stop accepting applications on Nov 7th or earlier when funds are depleted.
- Award recipients must comply with the Requirements