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, many open access publications 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 the open access publication of journal articles or book chapters, and up to $5000 for monographs. The article or book must be published with an open access publisher that does not charge readers or institutions for access to the publication. When reviewing applications, Libraries’ staff will work to determine the credibility of the publisher by consulting the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the Open Access Scholarly Publisher's Association (OASPA), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and other resources as needed.
Questions on the process may be directed to Carmelita Pickett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate University Librarian, Collections and Scholarly Communication.
While Open Access publishing has a variety advantages for authors, publishers, and readers, unfortunately the model also presents opportunities for exploitation and deceit. Organizations claiming to run peer-reviewed, open access publications are sometimes fronts operated to collect production fees from authors in the absence of a quality journal. The web has proven fertile ground for these outfits, and although there are individuals committed to exposing them, their proliferation can be difficult to track. Additionally, there is debate around what constitutes a predatory Open Access journal, and this lends an element of subjectivity to their classification. The links below are good resources but should not be considered authoritative. When consulting them, it is important to complement their information with your own scrutiny. For assistance with this, contact the subject specialist librarians for your academic field.
How to Avoid Predatory Journals -- a Five-Point Plan by Jocalyn Clark. The BMJ (January 19, 2015)
CRS Standards Forum: Predatory Publishing and the ISSN Center’s Response by Annaliese Taylor. ALCTS news.