CSUF Open Access Publishing Fund

Open Access

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 Publication Fund. The Fund will cover up to $3000 of author submission 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 9,000 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 Publication 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.


Tenure-track, tenured, full and part-time CSUF faculty may apply for support toward article processing charges for any peer-reviewed, open access journal article from an eligible journal. Eligible journals must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or follow best practices in scholarly publishing, as identified by the DOAJ. In addition, the journal should have a standard article fee schedule publicly available.

Funding is limited to $3000 per author this 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.

We request that authors or publishers with sufficient funding from grants or contracts not apply for funding, and we  encourage researchers to include a line-item on grant proposals for dissemination or open access costs. Article processing charges for articles co-authored by scholars from different institutions should be shared if the other institutions have a similar open-access fund available.

Application Process

We are currently not accepting applications, but the application process for the 2017-2018 academic year will re-start on August 15, 2017. If you have any questions, please email Mark Bilby (Scholarly Communications Librarian) at openaccesslibrary@fullerton.edu.  All applications are reviewed by the Pollak Library Open Access Team.

Please note that payments are only made for invoices, and that reimbursements cannot be processed from this fund. Publisher invoices (preferably made out to the faculty author) should be sent to the email addess above, preferably at the time of application.