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Open Access Publishing Partnerships

Information and resources on open access journals, publishing, and funding.

General Information

Purdue University Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund


As part of Purdue University Libraries scholarly communication strategic goal, we “advocate the change in scholarly communication to promote economic sustainability, effective use of copyright, and open access to knowledge for all.” To this end, Purdue University Libraries has established the Purdue University Libraries Open Access Publishing Fund. This project seeks to support Purdue University research and engagement by directly supporting open access publishing, much of which is already happening at Purdue. By supporting Open Access scholarly outputs, this fund functions to both support research activities at Purdue University, as well as to increase discovery and visibility of Purdue University research outputs.


Who can apply?

Any current Purdue University-West Lafayette faculty member, researcher, post-doc, staff, or graduate student who do not have available funds that can be used for article processing charges.

What if the article processing charge is more than $2,500?

If the APC of the journal is higher than $2,500, you have two options. The first option is to agree to ask the publisher to split the invoice. When you ask the publisher to split the invoice, ask for an invoice for $2,500 and another invoice for the remaining balance. This option is preferred. The Fund will pay the invoice for $2,500; and, you will pay the other invoice.

The second option allows the Fund Administrators to work with your department to use departmental funds to pay the overages. To take advantage of this option, you will need to supply the departmental account number and contact information for your department when you apply for funding.

Must all my co-authors be affiliated with Purdue?

No. However, the corresponding author must have a Purdue affiliation.

The policy says hybrid open access journals are not eligible. What is hybrid open access?

Hybrid open access is a blended business model in which a journal charges subscription fees to readers, but also allows authors an option to pay an article processing charge to make their one article freely available via open access. In a hybrid open access journal some of the articles are free to read, while others require a subscription or purchase.

How do I know if a journal is eligible for this Fund?

Often, when an application is denied, it is because the selected journal uses hybrid open access or delayed open access. Be sure to review Journal Eligibility requirements of The Fund. Delayed open access and Hybrid open access journals will not be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. A quick check to see if your journal is listed in DOAJ is likely to rule out these two issues very quickly.

Will the Fund cover additional fees, such as page charges or data deposit fees?
          No. The Fund will only cover article processing charges.
I recently paid my invoice. Will this Fund reimburse me?

No. Funds are paid directly to the publisher after the author has provided an invoice to the Fund Administrators.


I still have questions. Who can I ask?

Nina Collins, Scholarly Publishing Specialist,