IUPUI Open Access Fund

September 23, 2020 -- The IUPUI Open Access fund is closed until the next funding cycle.

The fund supports applications that meet the criteria outlined below on a first come, first served basis. Due to particularly high demand, the fund has been depleted for this funding cycle. The fund will reopen for application on July 1, 2021.

The IUPUI Open Access Fund underwrites reasonable publication charges for articles published in fully open access, fee-based, peer-reviewed journals. Established in 2013, this fund addresses changes in scholarly communications while increasing the impact of and access to scholarship created by IUPUI authors. With support from many IUPUI schools and other key stakeholders, the fund has assisted in the publication of more than 200 articles. In the years following the launch of the fund, the share of IUPUI articles published in reputable open access journals has more than doubled--from 7% of articles in 2013 to 16% of articles published in 2019. Along with the IUPUI Open Access Policy, this fund has been a factor in IUPUI’s national reputation for sharing scholarly works at no cost to readers in Indiana and around the world. Reports on the progress of the IUPUI Open Access Fund are available from IUPUI ScholarWorks.

In the summer of 2020, the fund was revised and relaunched to emphasize support for IUPUI’s student, resident, and postdoctoral authors. Financial support for the 2020-2021 term of the fund has been provided by IUPUI University Library, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. We also welcome additional support from other key stakeholders.

Administration of the open access fund will be facilitated by University Library on a first-come first-served basis, with the following conditions:

Eligible Publications

The venue of publication must be an established, fully open-access journal--that is, a journal that does not charge readers or their institutions for unfettered access to any of the peer-reviewed articles that it publishes. To be eligible, a journal must meet these additional requirements:

Be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals,
Be published by a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association,
Have a publicly available list of article processing charge (APC) fees.

Journals with a hybrid open-access model or delayed open-access model are not eligible. Any authors who are unsure as to whether or not a particular journal is eligible should contact the IUPUI University Library prior to submitting an article for publication.

Eligible Authors

Funds are available for articles authored or co-authored by an IUPUI-affiliated student, postdoc, or medical resident. The corresponding author must also be affiliated with IUPUI and in substantial compliance with the IUPUI Open Access Policy. Any authors who are unsure as to whether they are an eligible author should contact the IUPUI University Library prior to submitting their articles to publication.

Eligible Fees

Article processing fees may include publication fees (charges levied on articles accepted for publication, including page charges). Submission, rapid review, and reprint fees are not eligible.


Support is capped at $2000.00 per article. Authors from all IUPUI departments and schools are encouraged to apply. Although article processing fees for eligible publications will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, disbursement will be monitored to ensure diverse participation across the schools.
Institutional Repository

As an added service, the IUPUI University Library will deposit a copy of funded articles in IUPUI ScholarWorks (https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/). The placement of an article in the repository helps to build the collection of IUPUI–authored publications, supports the self-archiving arm of the open access movement, and gives the article an added element of preservation and discoverability.

To begin your application for funds, please complete the online application form.

If you have questions about this fund or about open access services, please contact:

Jere Odell
Scholarly Communications Librarian
IUPUI University Library
317-274-5992 | jdodell@iupui.edu

Updated Sep 23, 2020 by Social Sciences & Digital Publishing Librarian