Northwestern Open Access Fund
The Northwestern Open Access Fund is a pilot program to support Northwestern Scholars who wish to make their journal articles openly available immediately upon publication, and to support Gold open access publishers around the world. This pilot fund will also be used to assess the need for such a fund at Northwestern.
Northwestern University Library is initiating and will manage this pilot open access fund during the 2014 academic year to support and promote Gold open access publishing of articles by Northwestern authors. The Gold open access model allows for freely available access to an online article immediately upon publication. The pilot policy also stipulates that there be no embargo on any part of the content. The pilot has modest funding to pay for article processing costs so that the article may be published as Gold open access. The funding is available for authors who do not have other sources of funding to cover publications costs, such as research grants. F
To apply for this fund, please fill out this form (insert link here) and e-mail it it to Northwestern Open Access
What charges does the Fund cover?
Article processing fees
What content types are eligible?
Articles accepted for publication in peer reviewed open access journals.
Are any access restrictions acceptable?
The fund cannot be used to support “hybrid” open access publishing, or to cover publishing fees where an embargo is required. The hybrid model is used to make individual articles available in journals that require paid subscriptions to access the remainder of articles.
What constitutes an acceptable open-access journal?
Who is eligible?
Faculty members, post-doc researchers, and graduate or professional students and any staff who are authors of articles accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed, open access publication.
With what requirements must subsidized authors comply?
Authors must deposit a copy of their article with the library.
What considerations are given to external funding?
Articles not eligible if research funded by gift or grant from an organization that allows funds to be used for APC, regardless of whether these were actually budgeted for or if grant budget is exhausted, or funded by org. that itself pays APC.
How are intermural collaborations handled?
Each author responsible for prorated portion up to a total per-article cap of $3000.
Are there restrictions for repeat usage?
The fund will provide $3000 per researcher per year. As funds allow, exceptions will be considered for requests above this annual cap.
The pilot open access fund is $20,000. Funding for articles that comply with the eligibility criteria will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Date limit on fund/fund expiry date, if any
There is no date limit on the fund; money will be disbursed until the fund is exhausted. The impact of the fund will then be re-evaluated.
Who is funding this pilot?
The pilot fund is supported by the University Library.
Who will administer the fund?
The fund is administered by a group of scholarly communications experts in the library, and funds disbursed by the library’s ERaCA department. Request funding by completing this form.
As members of the Northwestern community submit questions about the fund, these questions and their answers will be collected here.