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Open Access Fund

The Northwestern Open Access Fund supports Northwestern scholars who wish to make their journal articles openly available immediately upon publication and to support gold open access publishers around the world. The gold open access journal model publishes all of a journal’s articles as open access and allows for freely available access immediately upon publication.

Please note: we are no longer accepting applications for the 18/19  fiscal year. We will resume the funding on September 16, 2019. 

Award eligibility and stipulations

The Fund will help cover an article processing charges (APC) to publish in open access journals if a Northwestern author does not have other sources to pay these charges.

The application is closed until September 16, 2019. Email any questions to Northwestern Open Access.

Frequently asked questions

What content types are eligible?

Articles accepted for publication in peer-reviewed open access journals. Articles may not still be under review; they must be accepted.

How can I make my research data and supplemental materials open access?

Northwestern researchers are encouraged to use Arch to make datasets, analysis code, documentation, and any other supporting information available open access. Arch is a self-service, open access repository that is free of charge to Northwestern University faculty, students, and research staff.

What constitutes an acceptable open-access journal?

Any peer-reviewed journal that meets each of the following criteria:

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. 

Are there any additional requirements for authors who receive funding?

Authors must deposit a PDF copy of their article to Arch, a self-service, open access repository for research and data.

How are intramural collaborations handled?

Each author will be responsible for a prorated portion up to a total per-article cap of $3,000.

Who funds and administers the Northwestern Open Access Fund?

The fund is supported by the Northwestern University Libraries. The fund is administered by a group of scholarly communication experts in the libraries, and funds disbursed by the libraries' acquisitions department.