Scholarly Publishing: Open Access Fund

Libraries and Provost's Office Open Access Fund

To encourage the University community to publish their research in Open Access platforms, the Office of the Provost and University Libraries have established a fund to pay the processing fees related to open access publishing.

The open access publishing model allows free, immediate access to research and allows authors to retain intellectual property rights to their research. To recoup publishing costs, some open access journals charge article processing fees to make the work freely available online.

The fund, administered by University Libraries, will pay publication fees up to:

Submissions to journals or publishers not appearing in one of these sources cannot be considered for funding.

This assistance is not available to researchers with funding (grants, research startup funds, etc.) which could be used to pay open access fees.

Articles which the University of Iowa Libraries have funded can be found in Iowa Research Online.

Questions on the process may be directed to Carmelita Pickett (, Associate University Librarian, Collections and Scholarly Communication.

The best time to apply for the Open Access Fund at the time your article has been accepted.

Application for OA Funding


Processing your application usually takes 1-3 days.

Evaluating Open Access Journals

Criteria for determining predatory publishers: The criteria which will assist you in identifying legit vs. questionable/predatory publishers and journals. 

Beall's List: Potential, possible, or probably predatory scholarly open access publishers: This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers assembled by Jeffrey Beall. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards.

Your Librarian can help you assess and evaluate a journal, so don't hesitate to ask for assistance!