” width=”600″ height=”218″ />Funds for publishing Open Access journals are discussed on a daily basis and are a continued source of concern for researchers and academics. In Open Access, the financial burden lies on authors who want to publish their works and make them available to readers. Fortunately though, research institutions and universities are aware of these concerns and are trying to contribute to the costs of APCs by establishing special funds for that purpose. Almost every month another institution or university opens a dedicated program for academics that are thinking about publishing in OA. This month a new fund for OA was introduced at the Northern Illinois University. NIU has launched a pilot Open Access Fund for the faculty and graduate students. The university has set a limit though of one author per article. Authors can already submit their papers to OA journals, which do not charge fees to institutions, libraries or readers for accessing content, and do not have an embargo period for access. The most popular journals are:
“- Members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) – All journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals that allow authors to retain distribution rights – Hybrid journals that allow authors to retain distribution rights. (Hybrid journals are subscription journals that allow authors to make their article open access upon payment of a fee.)”
The university of Northern Illinois offers $2000 per article and per year for fully Open Access journals, and $1500 per article and per year or 50% of the Open Access fee for hybrid journals. Northern Illinois University is another institution which has committed itself to implementing an OA policy, and providing funds for publishing in this model. The tempo of expansion of OA in the science community increases with every year. This process is well illustrated by the list of universities that have adopted an OA policy, which grows longer with every year, and is in itself an admission of the “funding gap” for researchers, who seek for financial support.