The University Libraries and the Office of the Vice President for Research are proud to help facilitate public and immediate access to the outstanding research performed by University of South Carolina scholars. The University Libraries, with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research, can help defray the costs of publishing in fully open access journals. We offer stipends for article processing charges (APCs) on a first-come, first-served basis until the fund is depleted. UofSC Columbia faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars can apply for one stipend per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).
Please note that as a result of participant feedback on this new service, we have made some minor changes to the process and criteria. We will honor applications based on previously posted criteria through the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
Apply for funding at the time of your submission or acceptance. You must submit your application for funding before the article is published. If approved, funds will be reimbursed to the authors after the payment has been made to the publisher. If, after submission, the article is not accepted for publication please notify the University Libraries to rescind your application as soon as possible. Funded authors should submit a copy of the invoice, a receipt confirming your payment, and any other relevant documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In most cases, expect reimbursement to take one to three months. Please note that the library cannot process payments for employees outside of their employment periods or for students outside of their enrollment dates. If requesting reimbursement during the summer, nine-month employees may be required to wait until the start of the fall semester for reimbursement to be processed.
Am I eligible to apply for funding?
UofSC Columbia faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars are eligible to apply for one stipend per fiscal year.
What types of publications are supported by this fund?
Funds will be provided for publications in reputable fully open access, peer-reviewed journals that are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Although not required, membership in the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association is considered as a determination of reputability. Research in accepted journals must be made fully open access immediately upon publication. No hybrid journals, or journals that allow open publication of some articles through an APC but continue to charge subscriptions, will be accepted. The library reserves the right to deny funding for any reason.
Can I apply if I have funding available from another source?
Researchers who have access to grant or departmental funding for APCs should not apply.
Is there a funding cap for researchers?
Applicants are eligible for no more than one APC stipend totaling no more than $3,000 per fiscal year. Researchers should negotiate lower publishing fees when possible to conserve funds.
Are authors publishing with collaborators outside the university eligible to receive funds?
Yes, but the UofSC researcher must be listed as the corresponding author.
How are funds divided among multiple authors?
Multiple UofSC authors of an article will each be eligible for only one stipend. In other words, APC payment for a single article will remove eligibility for all UofSC researchers listed as authors in the publication for the remainder of the fiscal year.
How are funds distributed?
Apply for funding at the time of your submission or acceptance. You must submit your application for funding before your article is published. If approved, funds will be reimbursed to the author after the payment has been made to the publisher. For additional information, see Payment Process.
Are there any additional compliance requirements for researchers receiving funding through the Open Access Fund?
Recipients must notify the University Libraries when the article is published. Additionally, researchers must archive a copy of their work in Scholar Commons, the institutional repository, within three months of publication. Authors must list the University Libraries’ Open Access Fund as a supporting source in the work.
How do I apply for funding?
Submit an application.