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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 $3,000 for publication in open access journals, which allow immediate, free access to all their articles upon publication. The journal title must appear in the Directory of Open Access Journals or the publisher must be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Check the table on our Open Access information page. Discounts may be available.

[As of June 1, 2015, the option for funding up to $1,500.00 for publication in “hybrid” open access journals ceased.]

Please note:

  • This assistance is not available to researchers with funding (such as from their department, research grants, research startup funds, etc.) which could be used to pay open access fees.
  • Do not pay your invoice in advance. The Libraries prefer to pay from an invoice and not do reimbursements.

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!