CSUF Open Access Article Publishing Fund

About the Fund

In order to reduce the financial barriers that prevent faculty from publishing in open access journals, the Pollak Library in partnership with the Emeriti of California State University, Fullerton has established a CSUF Open Access Article Publishing Fund. The Fund accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the academic year and can cover up to $2000 of article processing charges and indexing fees to support the ability of researchers to publish in reputable peer-reviewed journals that are open access or have an open access option.

Open access journals make articles freely available on the Internet, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search and link to the full text upon publication. There are currently more than 10,000 open access academic journal titles. Some of these journals require authors to pay a fee once their article is accepted for publication. This business model helps to support the continuous, free dissemination of an author's research to an international audience of faculty, scholars, and the general public, many who would otherwise have no access to expensive journals.

The purpose of the CSUF Open Access Article Publishing Fund is to foster broad public access to the work of CSUF scholars by encouraging faculty to take advantage of open access publishing opportunities. With barrier-free access, researchers from anywhere in the world can read the scholarly output of CSUF authors. With this greater readership, open access has the potential to provide more opportunities for CSUF scholars and increase the impact of CSUF scholarship.


Emeriti, tenure-track, tenured, full and part-time CSUF faculty may apply for support toward Article Processing Charges (APCs) and/or indexing fees for articles that have recently been accepted for publication or have been published within the last 30 days. Grant funds do not cover fees for submission, pages/plates/graphics, editing/typesetting, embargoes, or donations. Funds also do not cover reimbursements for fees already paid; they can only be used to pay a publisher invoice directly.

To be eligible, journals must be certified as peer-reviewed and Open Access by credible indexes such as Ulrich's, Cabell's, and/or the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), otherwise the publisher needs to be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). College or departmental lists of journals acceptable for RTP may also supply evidence of disciplinary peer-review. In addition, the journal must have a standard article fee schedule published online. Whether Pollak Library pays for a subscription to the journal may also be consideration.

Funding is limited to $2000 per author per academic year. Applications meeting eligibility requirements are funded from a limited pool of money on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds for this year are depleted.

Authors or publishers with sufficient funding from grants or contracts should not apply for funding. We strongly encourage faculty on future external grant proposals to include line-items for Pollak Library resource costs as well as Open Access publication costs. Article processing charges for articles co-authored by scholars from different institutions should be shared in proportion to the respective contribution of each author.

Application Process

To apply, please fill out the CSUF Open Access Article Publishing Fund online application. Before you apply, be sure to have your itemized payment invoice. This invoice must either list the CSUF author/applicant's name or CSUF. Completion of this form does not guarantee your application will be approved. Please allow 7-10 business days for the Pollak Library Open Access Team to evaluate and vote on your grant application. If your application is approved, please allow 30 days for invoice payment for domestic publishers and 60 days for international publishers.

Applicants who receive Open Access Article Publishing Fund awards consent to their grant-funded article being deposited and made Open Access in our Institutional Repository. Successful applicants also consent to the Pollak Library Open Access Team using their likeness and promoting their publication for Open Access promotion at CSUF.

If you have any questions, please email Mark Bilby (Scholarly Communications Librarian and Chair of the Pollak Library Open Access Team) at openaccesslibrary@fullerton.edu.