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Scholars’ Collaborative

Open Publishing Support Fund

Increasing the Impact of UT Research through Open Access

Co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement and UT Libraries


The Open Publishing Support Fund improves access to research produced at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and

  • enables authors to retain their copyrights
  • accelerates the online availability of peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles generated UT researchers
  • raises campus awareness about the benefits of open access
  • covers article processing charges (APCs) levied by peer-reviewed open access journals

Before you apply, please read through the guidelines below.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Complete the online application.
  • Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of $2500 per request.  When the annual allocation is exhausted, no additional funds will be available until the following fiscal year.
  • Peer-reviewed open access journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are eligible, as are peer-reviewed open access journals that are listed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database.  Hybrid journals that make only selected articles open access are not eligible for funding.
  • Authors should request a waiver or reduction of charges from the publisher before applying for open publishing support.
  • Requests for funding should be made immediately after an article is accepted for publication.
  • Any UT Knoxville faculty member, post-doctoral associate, or currently enrolled graduate student whose article has been accepted may apply for funding.
  • Authors may apply for funds more than once per year, but should submit separate applications.
  • Authors with sufficient funding from grants or contracts are encouraged to use those funds to allow others to share in the benefit of open publications.
  • Support for open access ebooks will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must follow the above eligibility and guidelines.


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