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OA Fund Eligibility & Funding Guidelines

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Any current GVSU tenure-track, visiting, affiliate and adjunct faculty, staff, and currently registered graduate students may request up to $3,000 per fiscal year to pay for article processing fees associated with making an article freely available.

Applicant must be listed as one of the authors and the article must indicate GVSU affiliation.

Authors with grant support or external funding to cover publishing fees are ineligible.

Authors with more than one article must submit separate applications for each article.

For articles with multiple authors, each author is responsible for a prorated portion of any publishing fees.  For example, for an article with three authors that is to appear in a journal with a $3,000 publication fee, each author is responsible for $1,000 of that fee.  If two of the authors are from GVSU, each may separately apply for $1,000.  If both apply, up to $2,000 of the fees will be covered, with $1,000 being applied to each person’s $3,000 annual award limit. Graduate and undergraduate coauthors publishing with faculty do not count toward proration.   

Types of Publishers

Funding is available for newly published (within the past six months), peer reviewed articles in open access or hybrid journals that charge a publication fee associated with the cost making an article freely available.  Costs for reprints, color illustration fees, non-open access page charges, administrative charges and other fees are not applicable. 

Articles must be made freely available on the web at the time of initial publication, with no embargo period. 

Eligible journals must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or follow best practices in scholarly publishing, as identified by DOAJ and by the GVSU Libraries. The Libraries provide a selective list of open access and hybrid publisher fees for quick reference.

Eligible journals must make their fee schedule publicly available online. 

Deposit in ScholarWorks

Fund recipients must deposit their article in ScholarWorks@GVSU, the University’s institutional repository.