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UC San Diego Open Access Fund (Pilot): Eligibility and Guidelines

Out of Funds

This fund is almost out of funds so we are not currently accepting applications.

Who Can Apply

UC San Diego faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students whose research was not grant-funded are eligible to apply for funds from the UC San Diego Open Access Fund Pilot. 

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.)

Eligible journals must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).  We encourage UC San Diego authors to choose journals published by organizations who are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association and adhere to its code of conduct. If you have a question about a journal or publisher, please contact the Fund Administrator, Nancy Stimson, at (858) 534-6321 or

Funding Limits

An author will be reimbursed for a maximum of one article per lifetime. The person who completes the application form will be considered the applicant for that article.

UC San Diego Open Access Fund Pilot funds will cover up to $1000 of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Open Access (OA) fees for articles published in fully open access journals, journals in which all articles are published open access. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When does the pilot begin and end?

The pilot will begin October 2012 and be evaluated after 12-18 months.

Q: Is this related to the draft faculty-proposed Open Access Policy for the University of California?

No, it's unrelated. This pilot will pay the costs of publishing new research in open access journals, and involves funds provided by CDL and UC Campuses, administered by campus libraries. The proposed 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?

This effort is partially funded with money from CDL, and the rest is from funds donated to the University Librarian's discretionary fund. We chose to move forward with this pilot in order to get experience with an alternative funding model, and we expect that it will give us valuable information about the costs faculty may incur and need support for if more journals move to an Article Processing Charge financial model.

For more information
Nancy Stimson, Pilot OA Fund Administrator; (858) 534-6321

Open Access

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