CSUF Open Access Publishing Fund

CSUF Open Access 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 Publication Fund. The Fund will covers 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 or 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 encourage researchers to include a line-item on future 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

To apply, please send an email with your application (download PDF) and a copy of your invoice for payment to Michelle Swadish (openaccesslibrary@fullerton.edu), Electronic Resources Librarian and Chair of the Pollak Library Open Access Team.  All applications are reviewed by the Pollak Library Open Access Team.

We can only process invoice payments. Reimbursements cannot be processed for this fund. Publisher invoices can be sent electronically or in paper to Michelle Swadish.  Applicants wanting to arrange payment by direct invoice to the University should contact Michelle Swadish to make arrangements.

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