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UCR Library Open Access Fund Pilot (UCR-OAF)

    Advancing the Impact of UC Riverside Research

Beginning in Spring quarter 2013, the UC Riverside Library is launching a pilot open access fund. This fund is intended to help offset reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers who do not have grant funds or when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Open Access (OA) Fees for fully open access journals (journals in which all articles are immediately available). The pilot program will be in effect through the end of 2013.  Funds are limited.  The UCR Library encourages authors to submit applications right away, since funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
UC Riverside faculty, post-doctoral scholars, researchers, and graduate students who do not have grant funds that can be used for Open Access, are eligible to apply. Articles must be made freely available at the time of initial publication, without any embargo periods. The California Digital Library (CDL) and UC campus libraries are collaborating to provide the funds in order to support UC researchers interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing.  The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California scholars and encouraging greater awareness of authors’ rights.  Campuses will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated after 12-18 months.

How to Apply

Eligible UCR authors may apply for UCR Open Access Funds from this pilot by filling out the online application form on the UCR Library’s website, printing it and sending it to the pilot project administrator, Rhonda L. Neugebauer

What is Open Access?  

  • Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
  • Some OA articles are published in open access journals. Others are published in traditional journals, and archived in open access repositories like eScholarship, SSRN, and arXiv.
  • OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.
  • Most discussion about OA focuses on articles, but there is an increasing movement toward OA in monographs, data, and other formats as well.
  • Additional information may be found at the University of California Reshaping Scholarly Communication website.

Benefits of Open Access

  1. More readers. Traditional publishing models make money by charging those who can afford to pay for access. Colleagues at institutions that have cancelled their subscription to the journal you're publishing in (or who couldn't afford it in the first place) will have a much harder time finding and reading your work. As library budgets around the world continue to shrink, fewer and fewer people will have access to articles that are only available to subscribers. Open access articles get read more.
  2. Public good. Open access literature can be read not only by scholars at non-subscribing institutions, but by medical practitioners, high school students, employees of private industry, taxpayers who may have helped fund it -- anyone with an internet connection. Open access work has greater potential to further knowledge and innovation around the world.
  3. Shifting business models in the scholarly publishing industry. Scholars write and review articles for journals; journal publishers do not pay them for this work, but they do charge the scholars' institutions subscriptions - sometimes extremely expensive ones. For-profit publishers are still reporting operating profit margins between 30 and 45%, while campus budgets shrink. Meanwhile, nonprofit publishers are demonstrating great value, online publishing presents new technological possibilities, and authors are starting to pay more attention to the power they hold in the system. This is a time of rapid and unpredictable change in scholarly publishing. Open access is only one piece of the puzzle of a more efficient system, but it's an important one.
  4. Retaining copyright of your work and making use of alternative forms of publishing that do not place restrictions on access enlarges your audience and accelerates research.

Related Resources

  • Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ (http://www.doaj.org/).
  • eScholarship is the University of California's open access publishing platform for faculty, staff, and students. eScholarship publishes journals, books, conference proceedings, and more; it also serves as the UC system's open access repository for postprints previously published elsewhere.
  • Reshaping Scholarly Communication -- University of California's main page on scholarly communication issues and developments
  • New Directions in Scholarly Publishing  The UC Riverside webpage about scholarly communications news and issues (library.ucr.edu/view/scholarly/).
  • HowOpenIsIt?  This new resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access”. Its aim is to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. It also provides a resource for funders and other organizations to help establish criteria for the level of Open Access required for their policies and mandates.
  • Open Access Explained!  This video, created by the Right to Research Coalition, describes the reasons why open access to research is so important for students, researchers and other stakeholders.
  • Right to Research -- A student open access advocacy group.


Last modified: 8/27/2014 7:13 PM by R. Neugebauer