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Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Author Fund

Initiatives from Memorial Libraries that support research, teaching & learning in the digital world.

Applying to the Fund


STEP 1: If you are publishing in an Open Access Journal from Hindawi, then you do not need to proceed any further. If your article is accepted, your publisher will invoice the library directly for your author fee.

Be sure to clearly indicate your affiliation with Memorial University of Newfoundland when you submit.

STEP 2: If you are NOT publishing in an Open Access Journal from Hindawi, then please make sure that the journal to which you are submitting your article meets our journal eligibility criteria. 

STEP 3: Apply for funding by filling out the application form with details of your accepted publication.

STEP 4: 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 5: Your publisher will 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

You may wish to ensure that a journal title meets our journal eligibility criteria before you submit your work.


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.

Certain publishers, like Public Library of Science (PLoS), Biomed Central (BMC) and Hindawi, specialize in open access publications.

Titles that apply Creative Commons licensing to all of their content are typically “gold” OA journals. 

Fund Update

The Open Access Author Fund is now closed.

Fund Criteria

Memorial University Libraries have established an open access author fund to pay Author Processing Charges for Memorial researchers who wish to publish their work in open access journals.

Who can apply?

All Memorial faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, post-docs, emeriti, and honorary research profs who have had a peer-reviewed article accepted to an Open Access journal that meets the funding criteria.

Only the first author is eligible to apply for the Open Access 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.

What does the fund cover?

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 ( and/or openly adheres to rigorous editorial and publication ethics (for example: COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, 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.)

Other conditions:

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.


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Memorial OA Memberships

Memorial University Libraries maintain institutional memberships with major OA publishers in order to reduce the cost of Author Processing Fees in these journals and to streamline the fee payment process.

Hindawi Membership - Papers by MUN researchers may be published in any of Hindawi's 400+ journals. All author processing fees will be covered by our membership.