Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Author Fund
Applying to the Fund
STEP 1: Please make sure that the journal to which you are submitting your article meets our fund criteria.
STEP 3: The library will respond to the application within five business days. If your application is successful we will provide you with invoicing information to be passed along to your publisher.
STEP 4: Your publisher will have to send the author fees invoice to the library, and we will pay the invoice directly. PLEASE DO NOT PAY YOUR OWN INVOICE. We have no mechanism by which to reimburse authors who have paid their own fees. The library must pay the invoice directly.
"Gold" Open Access Journals
Tips for identifying “gold” open access journals:
The Directory of Open Access Journals is a good place to find “gold” open access publishing options in your field.
Titles that apply Creative Commons licensing to all of their content are typically “gold” OA journals.
Update - March 19, 2020
The Open Access Author Fund will not re-open in April, 2020.
At this time, it is unclear when the Fund will re-open.
Memorial University Libraries have established an Open Access Author Fund in order to encourage MUN scholars to publish their work Open Access and to assist with the payment of associated Article Processing Charges (APCs).
Who can apply?
All Memorial faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, post-docs, emeriti, and honorary research profs who are primarily affiliated with MUN and have had a peer-reviewed article accepted to an Open Access journal that meets the funding criteria are eligible.
Only the corresponding author is eligible to apply for the Open Access Author Fund.
Only one article will be funded per author per year.
Memorial University Libraries will fund a maximum of $3000 USD per year for each researcher, at a maximum of $3000 USD per article.
Researchers who have no other funding source to cover APCs will be given priority over those with research funding available for this purpose.
The fund will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis.
The fund will cover Author Processing Charges (also called author’s fees or page fees) for articles that have been accepted to “gold” open access journals that meet the following criteria:
a) Journal content is peer-reviewed.
b) The journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (doaj.org) and/or openly adheres to rigorous editorial and publication ethics (for example: COPE Core Practices and the COPE/DOAJ/OASPA/WAME Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing).
c) Journal does not charge subscription fees for any of its content. All articles are immediately available online at no cost to the reader.
d) Author retains copyright over his or her work. (e.g. The journal uses Creative Commons licensing or similar.)
A copy of the funded paper must be submitted by OA Fund recipients to the Memorial University Research Repository immediately after initial publication.
What's Not Covered
The OA author's fund has two main objectives:
- to nurture a true Open Access publishing environment wherein readers do not pay for access, and
- to encourage authors to retain copyright so they can release their work under Creative Commons licensing.
The fund will not cover open access author fees in gated or hybrid journals. Gated journals are those that require subscription payments before most of their articles can be read. Hybrid journals are those that charge subscription fees for most content, but will make an article available through open access if the author pays a fee. If the library already makes a subscription payment for a journal title, we cannot sustain additional author payments for that same title.
You should also be aware of predatory open access publishers that exploit the author-pays model of open access publishing for their own profit. Articles submitted to suspected predatory journals will not be funded. Please consult Think. Check. Submit. to help determine the legitimacy of a journal.
Funded Articles Added to the Research Repository
Cambridge University Press Articles
Through our license with CRKN, MUN scholars are eligible for a 20% discount when publishing in Open Access journals published by Cambridge University Press. The discount will be automatically applied, when institutional affiliation is selected during the submisison process.
American Chemical Society Articles
CRKN has an agreement in place where authors of American Chemical Society articles are eligible for a $250 USD discount. All MUN community members are eligible for the discount, which will be applied by the publisher during the submission process.