University Funding for Open Access – Weekly Journal 10

Unlike subscription-based journals, the authors usually need to pay a sum of money for publishing on Open Access (OA) journals. For example, if you want to publish a paper on Public Library of Science (PLOS) series journals, you need to pay $1495-2900. To advocate open science, the authors need to bear the financial burden for publishing on OA journals. To accelerate the OA process and compensating the financial burden, Virginia Tech Libraries offer an amazing open access (OA) subvention fund to subsidize article processing fees for scholarly peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication in open access or hybrid OA journals.


The Open Access Subvention Fund (OASF) is open to All faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students. For each paper, support is limited to $1500.00, and $3000.00 per author per year. Besides, the VT OASF will only be available to those with no other sources of funding available. Although VT library provides such a great funding, not all journals can meet the requirement for reimbursement.  The journal’s publisher must be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or comply with OASPA’s Code of Conduct. The primary goal of the VT OASF is to enable authors to engage in open publishing environments and raise awareness among Virginia Tech authors.

During the class, I’m also more than happy to hear that the VT OASF is the only program in US for funding OA journal publication. VT really spearheads the OA movement and contribute a lot in advocating open science.


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