Open Access Fund
The Northwestern Open Access Fund, provided by Northwestern University Libraries, supports Northwestern 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.
Award eligibility and stipulations
The Fund will help cover article processing charges (APC) or ebook publication charges to publish as open access if a Northwestern author does not have other sources to pay these charges.
- The author can be a faculty member, post-doc researcher, undergraduate, graduate or professional student or any staff whose articles are submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed, open access publication.
- Fund policy stipulates 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.
- 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 fiscal year limit of up to $3000 per one single award per article or ebook with no claim to unspent funds from the single fiscal year award (September through August).
- Open access APC’s are not reimbursable to authors who have already paid the article publication charge.
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?
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.