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Who Can Apply

UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students who do not have grant funds that can be used for open access charges are eligible to apply for funds from the UC-OAF. 

Whether grant funds can be used to cover open access charges will vary by funding agency and grant. BioMed Central has compiled a partial list for funders of biomedical research. For other disciplines, check the policies of your granting organization. If in doubt, contact the granting organization. UCD researchers are encouraged to add open access fees or article process charges to their future grant proposals.


Eligible Charges

Funds are available to pay open access fees and article publication charges for fully open access journals:

  • Fees to publish in journals in which all articles are immediately available open access
  • Articles must be made freely available at the time of initial publication, with no embargo periods.
    (Funds from the pilot are not available to cover color charges, page charges, illustration charges, or submission charges.)

We encourage UCD authors to choose journals published by organizations who are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association and adhere to its code of conduct.

See  Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ

If you have a question about a journal or publisher, contact us.


Funding Caps

UCD-OAF funds will cover a maximum of $1000 for any one article in a fully open access journal - journals in which all articles are published open access. Some examples include PLOS journals in the sciences (particularly biology and medicine) and SAGE Open in social sciences and humanities.

UC gets discounts on some publication fees via institutional memberships or licensing agreements. UC Discounts on Article Publication Charges for OA Journals.

Additional information, a selective list of open access publishers and their associated fees, may be found at this UC Berkeley site.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this related to the Open Access Policy for the University of California?

No, it's unrelated. This OA Fund will pay the costs of publishing new research in open access journals, and involves funds provided by the UC Davis University Library. The Open Access Policy is focused on open access archiving regardless of place of publication, and is currently under discussion by faculty senates.

Q: Where is the money from the fund coming from?

The funds are from the UC Davis University Library. We chose to support this alternative funding model, expecting to learn valuable information about the costs associated with the journal Article Processing Charge financial model.

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