The Libraries' Open Access Fund is no longer available, as of August 2019. Library leadership decided to sunset the OA Fund for APCs across a period of two years due, in part, to budget constraints. While the fund provided financial assistance to faculty making their work open using the APC model, we found that the fund did nothing to offset our rapidly increasing journal subscription costs. In fact, the fund largely supports the same publishers to which we pay our pricey subscriptions.
Though the OA Fund is no longer available, there are other options to support open access publishing. Authors can take advantage of green OA through the Iowa Repository Online (IRO) or pre-print and post-print repositories. Additionally, authors might be able to find grants or ask their departments to fund APCs. In the meantime, the UI Libraries will be exploring sustainable models to fund open access publishing in the future. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to Mahrya Burnett, Scholarly Communications Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-335-5937.