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Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Pharmaceutical Sciences & Experimental Therapeutics: Open Access Fund

Resources for Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics.

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, 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 (APCs) up to $2,000 for the open access publication of journal articles or book chapters, and up to $5,000 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 resources including, but not limited to, the following: the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), the Open Access Scholarly Publisher's Association (OASPA), and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

  • Current UI faculty, post-doc, resident, or staff member who has had an article, book chapter, or book accepted for publication.
  • Currently UI-enrolled student or graduate student who has had an article, book chapter, or book accepted for publication.

  • The publications must be peer-reviewed, and allow free and immediate access to all the content upon publication.
  • Journals or books with a hybrid model (some content by fee and some content open access) or delayed open access are not eligible for this fund. Articles and books must be fully available open access at the time of publication.
  • Your department's subject specialist librarian can help you determine whether a journal or book is eligible. 
  • Funding limits: up to $2,000 for a journal article or books chapter, up to $5,000 for a monograph.
  • Funding is limited to one publication per person.
  • Applications should be submitted after the article has been accepted for publication.
  • The journal must be of high quality and adhere to ethical standards. Staff will consult resources, such as those mentioned above, to help with this determination.
  • Authors must have exhausted all available grant funds that may be used for article publishing charges.
  • Applications should be submitted by the end of May of each fiscal year.
  • Please do not pay an invoice in advance. The Libraries prefer to pay from an invoice.
  • University of Iowa Libraries will submit your open access publication to Iowa Research Online.

Questions on the process may be directed to Mahrya Burnett (, Scholarly Communications Librarian.

Application for Open Access Funding

Open Access Fund Application 

Please click the link above to apply for open access funding. You should expect to receive notification of funding within a week of submitting your application.

Questions about your application may be directed to Mahrya Burnett