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Health Sciences and Human Services Library's Open Access Publishing Fund for Early-Career Researchers

The HSHSL's Open Access Publishing Fund is designed to improve access to research produced at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and:

  • Promote publishing by early-career researchers
  • Enable authors to retain their copyrights
  • Accelerate the online availability of peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles generated by UMB researchers
  • Raise campus awareness about the benefits of open access

The fund will reimburse 50% of the cost of article processing charges for Open Access (OA) journals up to a maximum of $3,000 for early-career researchers. There is a limited budget for this pilot project. Reimbursements will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

Maximum Levels of Reimbursement

  • 50% of article processing charges up to a maximum of $3,000
  • 1 article per author per fiscal year

Who is eligible?
This fund is designed to promote open-access publication by early-career researchers. It is open to the following individuals at UMB:

  • Students
  • Postdoctoral researchers or fellows or equivalent
  • Faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor or equivalent

What articles are covered?
Reimbursement is available for article processing fees in open access journals, which are journals that do not charge a fee for access to their content. There are various types of OA models. This fund covers fees only for journals that are fully OA. Eligible journals include the following:

  • All journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals that allow authors to retain distribution rights
  • Journals that are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or demonstrate adherence to its Code of Conduct
  • Journals that have publicly available a standard article fee schedule
  • Journals that have a policy to substantially waive fees in case of economic hardship

Journals with a hybrid open-access model or delayed open-access model are not eligible. Subscription-based journals that charge a fee, sometimes called an "author's choice" or "open choice" fee, to make single articles available by open access are also not eligible. If you are unsure as to whether or not a particular journal is eligible please contact Steven Douglas prior to submitting an article for publication.

Reimbursement will cover only direct costs for open access publication (not the cost of reprints, color illustration fees, non-OA page charges, web hosting for self-archiving, etc.).

The applicant must be UMB-affiliated and listed as the first author of the article. To apply, complete the application form.

Reimbursement will be made after the article has been accepted for publication and the submission fee has been paid. At this time we are only able to make reimbursements to UMB Departments. Authors should pay the full amount of the APC with department funding then submit an invoice and department account number for reimbursement. We are unable to reimburse individuals or UMB Foundation accounts.

The applicant must submit either the author's final version or the published version of the funded article for inclusion in the UMB Digital Archive.

Contact Steven Douglas if you have any questions about the Open Access Publishing Fund

Last edited on: Sunday, July 02, 2023