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.
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 author can be a faculty member, post-doc researcher, graduate or professional student and any staff whose articles accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed, open access publication.
- The funding is intended to pay for article processing costs or publishing fees. It does not cover the costs for peripherals, such as images or color enhancement of images.
- The Northwestern Open Access Fund is available for authors who do not have other sources of funding to cover publication costs, such as research grants, or departmental funds.
- There is a limit of up to $3000 per award per author for each fiscal year (September through August).
- Fund policy stipulates that there be no embargo on any part of the published content.
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?
Any peer-reviewed journal that meets each of the following criteria:
- The journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals or is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association;
- The journal's publisher is conducting business in a manner consistent with the OASPA Code of Conduct; and
- The journal is published in a fully open access format based on a published schedule of article processing fees.
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?
Each author will be responsible for a prorated portion up to a total per-article cap of $3,000.