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Open Access: Open Access Fund

Open Access Fund

The University of Mississippi Libraries' Open Access Fund is designed to provide support in paying article processing charges (APCs) related to publication in open access journals. The fund is managed by the University Libraries with contributions from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The fund is open to all University of Mississippi students, faculty, and staff. Only one author per paper may apply. An applicant will be limited to funding for one article per semester. Articles must be published or available online ahead of publication when applying. Articles will be accepted up to a year after their publication date. 

The Fund reimburses 20% of the APC for a submitted articles. Reimbursements beyond 20% of the total APC are made at the discretion of the Fund committee with preference given to those using personal funds to pay APCs. 


Selection Criteria

Articles submitted must be published in a journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and/or follow the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association’s Code of Conduct. Articles published in "hybrid" journals, those that offer an open access option in an otherwise conventional journal, are not eligible. 

Applicants should be aware of the differences between open access and predatory publishing. Please review RX Communications' 6 Ways to Spot a Predatory Journal blog post for identifying potentially predatory publishers before submitting an article for publication. The selection committee reserves the right to make the final decision on whether a journal is considered a credible open access resource. Articles published in potentially predatory journals will not be selected for funding.

Articles submitted by graduate students, staff, and pre-tenure faculty will be given preference. Articles will also be evaluated for disciplinary diversity. Authors from all fields are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Selected authors will be required to provide an invoice or receipt from the publisher showing the APC charged and a proof of payment showing the exact amount paid by the author or an associated University account. 


Articles are accepted on a rolling basis, with awards given in the fall and spring semesters. Please see the table below for details on submission dates. Authors will be notified if their articles will be funded within 3-5 weeks of the end of the submission period.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Submission Period Start Date June 1 January 1
Submission Period End Date December 31 May 31


Application Form

By completing this application, you understand that, if funded, your work will be deposited in the University's institutional repository, eGrove.

By completing this application, you also understand that, if funded, your name, image, and the details of this funding will be publicized on the University of Mississippi Library's website and/or other University affiliated channels such as UM Today.

Click this link to access the application form.

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