Last Fall, the individual University of California campuses, funded in part by the California Digital Library (CDL), launched pilot open access funds to support UC authors who wish to make their research findings immediately and freely available to the public. The specifics of which activities the funds support differ from campus to campus (see http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/alternatives/oafund.html).
In the UC San Diego implementation of the fund (http://ucsd.libguides.com), eligible charges include Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Open Access (OA) fees for fully open access journals. Funds from the pilot may not be used for color charges, page charges, illustration charges, or submission charges. Articles must be made freely available at the time of initial publication, without any embargo periods.
UC San Diego faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, researchers, and staff are eligible to apply for funds. The fund will pay up to $1000 per article in a fully open access journal (journals in which all articles are immediately available open access). The fund does not currently support articles published in “hybrid open access journals” in which only some articles are open access and the journal itself remains only available by subscription. There is a cap of one article per author per year. Applications can be made during the period after acceptance but before publication; already published articles are not eligible for this funding. Authors who are granted this funding will be reimbursed afterwards; only individuals can be reimbursed, not departments.
At UC San Diego, eight open access journal authors have been funded so far. These authors represent eight different departments across campus and have published in journals from seven distinct publishers. The diversity of this small sample is surprising – and encouraging. The chief goals of the program are to foster greater dissemination of work by University of California scholars and to encourage greater awareness of authors’ rights. The campuses will track how the funds are spent on each campus, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated at the end of 2013.
If you have written an article in an open access journal and the article has been accepted but not published yet, apply for partial subsidy of OA fees. More information about the fund, and the application form, go to http://ucsd.libguides.com/openaccess.