Open Access Publishing Fund

Please Note:

As the academic year draws to a close, the Libraries would like to report that the Open Access Publishing Fund has reached its budgetary limit for 2018-19. We are pleased to announce that the fund subsidized almost 70 publications across the disciplinary spectrum this year. Over 200 UA-affiliated authors received assistance, providing barrier-free access to their research and scholarship to readers around the world.

We applaud the UA community for embracing open access publication. The UA Libraries are committed to continuing our work promoting open access, open data, and open research. Together we can transform the scholarly publication system for the greater benefit of scholars, researchers, and readers across the globe.

How does it work?

The UA Libraries want to increase impact and raise awareness of the world-class research that comes out of the university. We are committed to advancing open access, the distribution of research outputs and articles free of cost or other barriers. Because of our commitment to this cause, we have a dedicated fund to cover author fees (Article Processing Charges or APCs) for publishing in fully open access journals that meet the criteria outlined below.

Eligible Authors:

  • The fund is for current UA faculty, researchers, staff, post-docs, and students publishing a peer-reviewed article within a fully open access journal.
  • The UA applicant must be the first-named or corresponding author.
  • The UA applicant must have an ORCID iD and include it in the application. We encourage all UA co-authors to register for an ORCID iD. UA authors who already have an ORCID iD are encouraged to register their ORCID iD with the University of Arizona institutional account.

Please note: As of 1/1/2019, UA authors will only be eligible to receive OA Publishing Fund monies twice per academic year.

Eligible publications (journals) must:

We may make an exception if the journal meets other criteria and the faculty advisory board verifies its credibility.

The fund does not cover fees for publishing in hybrid open access journals (subscription journals that offer open access for an additional fee).

The fund does not cover the costs of peripherals such as color illustration fees, reprints, or page charges.

Other Funding

Articles whose underlying research was funded by grants or gifts from a funding agency, foundation, or other institution (such as the NIH, NSF, or the Gates Foundation) – regardless of whether or not the particular grant had budgeted for such fees and whether or not sufficient grant funds remain – are not eligible for funding from the OA Publishing Fund. (We strongly encourage UA grant seekers to include a line item for publication costs in all grant and gift proposals.)

Maximum Award

The fund covers Article Processing Charges up to $3,000 per article (when available). If the article is written with authors from other institutions, funding will be prorated to cover UA authors only.

Please note: As of 7/1/2019, the OA Publishing Fund will cover Article Processing Charges up to $1,500 per article.

Fund Cap

Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Funding cannot be guaranteed in advance and authors should apply after their publication has been accepted by an eligible journal.

When will I know if I've been awarded funding?

Applicants will receive a decision within five business days. 

When funds are awarded, we make arrangements to pay the publishers directly. We cannot reimburse applicants directly.

How do I apply?

Once your article has been accepted for publication, apply online. A faculty advisory board reviews and determines awards.

Post Award:

Attribution: Authors should include, whenever feasible, the following statement in the final published version of the article: Publication of this article was funded in part by the University of Arizona Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund.

Campus Repository Submission: Articles funded in part or in full from this fund will automatically be deposited in the UA Campus Repository by library personnel.


Contact us at if you have questions, want to check if a journal is considered open access, or need help applying.