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UCSF Library Lunches New Open Access Fund

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the new fund, which has been launched by UC San Diego, and designed for scholars who have decided to publish in the Open Access model. The pilot program of UC San Diego covers the costs of  Article Processing Charges and OA. In the meantime a new funding program has been created to help OA authors. 

UCSF Library launched a pilot Open Access fund aimed at their faculty, post-docs, fellows, residents, graduate students or professional students. The eligible charges include Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Open Access (OA) fees for fully OA journals or  “hybrid” OA journals. It is also possible to finance an OA book.

This fund provides up to $2000 for any article published in a fully open access journal and $1000 for any article published in a hybrid OA journal. The pilot project will be carried out so long as funds are available, or until pilot period ends on December 31, 2013.

This is yet  another fund established to support authors who wish to publish in Open Access model. The emergence of such funds can change the academic publishing landscape for good. Without the funds for covering  publishing costs, Open Access will not be able to expand as the publication charges may impede the potential submissions. Even though every year more and more funds become available, these remain still very much ad-hoc initiatives. There is so far no coherent system of open access funding, and without one,  it will be difficult to change the existing paradigm in which Open Access is still undervalued.

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