Who may apply?
All current TCU faculty, staff, and students may apply for funding.
What types of works are covered?
Open access journal articles, conference proceedings, monographs, monograph chapters, and other scholarly material such as data sets. Please see the criteria below for eligibility requirements.
What fee is covered?
The Article Processing Charge (APC) or similar fee is covered under this fund, up to the limits outlined below. No other fees are covered.
What dollar limits apply?
Over the course of the fiscal year, the total funding of any author may not exceed $4,000. This may be for one work (article, monograph, conference proceeding, etc.) or could possibly spread over several works during the fiscal year.
If there are multiple authors for a work, then the corresponding author applies on behalf of all authors for a particular work. The corresponding author must be a current TCU faculty, staff member, or student. The library will check to make sure that the corresponding author has not reached the $4,000 limit for the fiscal year.
What additional expectations are there?
Journals must meet two eligibility criteria: One criterion relating to the OA model of the journal, and one criterion related to quality control.
The first criterion for approval is that the journal must provide free access to all its published content via the Internet immediately upon publication. Excluded from this program is any journal that either delays publication of articles or that is open access for only a portion of its content (commonly called a “hybrid” OA journal).
The second criterion relates to quality control. In all cases, the article must undergo peer review. The library recognizes that there exist open access journals that exercise no quality control, or solely exist to scam potential authors. Such “predatory” journals are specifically excluded from this program.
The following journals are eligible for inclusion, assuming that they meet all other criteria in this document. Journals must show eligibility in one of two ways:
For journals that do not qualify under the Quality Control criteria, the library reserves the right to make occasional exceptions.
Monograph and monograph chapters are eligible for the fund if the following two criteria are met:
The entirety of the book must be freely available online via the Internet immediately upon publication, regardless of whether the application is for a book or book chapter. Applications where only a portion of a book is freely available will not be considered. The book must be made available under an Open Access license, such as a Creative Commons license.
The book must undergo independent and external peer review prior to publication. The publisher must be a member of either OASPA (described above) or be listed in DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books).
For books or book publishers that do not qualify under the Quality Control criteria, the library reserves the right to make occasional exceptions.
The library will consider these works on a case-by-case basis using criteria analogous to the criteria for journal articles and books. In all cases, the publisher must be committed to making its content freely available upon publication, and must have a peer review process.
We welcome your application form any time before the article is published. Once the article is published, it is no longer eligible for funding. Additionally, the library will pay the publisher directly and cannot reimburse authors, so please do not pay any fees upfront.
For authors whose work has already been accepted for publication but not published:
For authors whose work has not been submitted to a journal yet, or who have submitted to a journal but are still are waiting for acceptance by the journal:
Here are a few of the authors whom the TCU Library has funded with the Open Access Fund.