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Scholarly Communications@TCU: Open Access Fund

Information about scholarly publishing and open access issues at TCU

Open Access Fund Closed

Thank you for your interest in the TCU Open Access Fund.

There is no funding available at the current time.

We can contact you when funding does become available again. Please fill out the brief form below. This form also helps determine our future budgeting in this area.

Questions? Please email

General Information

The TCU Open Access Fund assists TCU faculty, staff, and students who want to publish their work as open access (OA), but where the cost of doing so is prohibitive to the author.

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 corresponding author may not exceed $2,500. 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 monetary limit for the fiscal year.

  • Among qualified submissions, the funding is first-come, first-served, based on the application date for the OA Fund. When the fund is depleted, no more money will be available during the fiscal year.

What additional expectations are there?

  • In the application, the author must give permission for the library to deposit the item in the TCU Institutional Repository.
  • If an author has extramural grant funding, the author must affirm in the application that the funding is insufficient to cover the APC amount. The Office of Sponsored Programs will also check that no extramural funding is available that could be used.
  • If the author wishes to change journals after the application is submitted, the corresponding author must ask the library to approve funding for the new journal.

Eligibility Requirements

Journals must meet two eligibility criteria: One criterion relating to the OA model of the journal, and one criterion related to quality control.

OA Model
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 online publication of articles or that is open access for only a portion of its content (commonly called a “hybrid” OA journal).

Quality Control
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:

  • The journal is from a publisher who is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association:
  • The journal is in the Directory of Open Access Journals (

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:

OA Model
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.

Quality Control
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.

When to apply

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:

  • Fill out the application form. The library will notify you of approval of funding in five business days.
  • Once the application is approved, send the library an invoice immediately. The library will pay the publisher directly.

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:

  • Fill out the application form. The library will notify you of approval in five business days.
  • Once the article is accepted by the journal and you have an invoice, send the invoice to the library immediately.
  • If an invoice is not received in six months from the time you are awarded OA funding, your approval will expire. You are welcome to reapply if funding is still available.

Works funded

Here are a few of the authors whom the TCU Library has funded with the Open Access Fund.

Contact information

Have questions? Contact Jeff Bond today!