Open Access Fund
The Northwestern Open Access Fund, provided by Northwestern University Libraries, supports Northwestern graduate and undergraduate student scholars who wish to make their journal articles or ebooks openly available immediately upon publication and to support gold open access publishers around the world. The gold open access journal or ebook model publishes all of a journal’s articles or the entire ebook as open access and allows for freely available access immediately upon publication.
Please note: Beginning in September 2023, Northwestern Libraries will shift support for Open Access publishing to institutional-level initiatives. The final day to apply for individual APCs through the Open Access Fund is July 31, 2023. Read more in this announcement.
Award eligibility and stipulations
The Fund will help cover article processing charges (APC) or ebook publication charges to publish as open access.
- Open to current graduate and undergraduate Northwestern students, as well as recent graduates up to six months post-graduation (Research must have been conducted while at Northwestern).
- Applicants must be the corresponding author on the publication.
- Journal must be Gold OA and that there be no embargo on any part of the published content.
- The funding is intended to pay for article processing costs or ebook publishing fees. It does not cover the costs for peripherals, such as images or color enhancement of images, or supplemental data storage or publication.
- There is a fiscal year limit of up to $3,500 per one single award per article or ebook with no claim to unspent funds from the single fiscal year award.
- Open access APC’s are not reimbursable to authors who have already paid the article publication charge.
- At publication, a copy must be deposited in Arch, Northwestern University Library’s institutional repository or with DigitalHub, Galter Health Sciences Library’s institutional repository.
Email any questions to Northwestern Open Access.
Frequently asked questions
What content types are eligible?
How can I make my research data and supplemental materials open access?
What constitutes an acceptable open-access journal?
- The journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals or is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA);
- The journal's publisher is conducting business in a manner consistent with the OASPA Code of Conduct.
Are any access restrictions acceptable?
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?
If collaborating authors’ institutions have support for open access processing charges, the cost may be shared with one or more institutions. The authors are responsible for working with the publisher to receive split invoices for each institution to pay, the amount to be paid by the institutions being governed by their respective fund limits per award.