Funding, funding, funding! It is not important whether we talk about Green or Gold OA, since Open Access cannot develop without financial backing. At some point in the publishing process someone has to pay, and for authors looking to publish their papers in OA journals the matter of funding is absolutely crucial. That is why any information about new funds is worth mentioning. So today I have good news – more funding for Open Access, but where?
The University of Virginia has just launched a new program – U.Va. Library Open Access Fund, whose purpose is to help provide the faculty, researchers, staff, and students with funds to pay APCs.
Individuals can receive $2000 per article but no more than $3000 per year. The rule first-come, first-served applies.
The faculty, post-doctoral researchers, fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students and staff are eligible. However, this only includes those who are served by the U.Va. Library system (and excludes all those from the Health Sciences, Law and Business libraries).
First of all, the journal must be peer-reviewed and listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Furthermore, journal should generally adhere to the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) ‘Code of Conduct’. What is more important, the article must be available immediately upon publication, with no embargo! Also, authors of other types of content are welcome (for example: books), but the peer-review condition must be respected. Moreover, authors must agree to submit a copy of the post-review publication to UVa’s institutional repository, Libra. Of course, only publishing fees will be covered. Hybrid journals are not eligible for funding.
The new program of the University of Virginia has a few good points. Above all, it is commendable that the funds are also available for students. As a result, the new generation of scientists will be publishing in OA and working with open data from the very start. Secondly, book authors can also apply for these funds, which means that UV does not close access to funds for the representatives of HSS. Finally, the application form is clear and simple, and the list of conditions to be fulfilled does not drag on forever.