The Open Publishing Support Fund (OPSF) improves access to research produced at the University of Tennessee and is co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement and the University Libraries.
The OPSF can:
- enable authors to retain their copyrights.
- accelerate the online availability of peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles generated by UT researchers.
- raise campus awareness about the benefits of open access.
- cover article processing charges (APCs) levied by peer-reviewed open access journals.
Before you apply, please read through the guidelines below.
- 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.
- 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.
- Peer-reviewed journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are eligible, as are those published by members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Peer-reviewed open access journals that are listed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database are also eligible; however, hybrid journals that make only selected articles open access are not eligible for funding.
- Authors should ask the publisher about UT institutional discounts and request a waiver or reduction of charges from the publisher before applying for open publishing support. (Information about discounts and reduced publication charge requests is provided in the Application Instructions.)
- 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 e-books will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must follow the above eligibility and guidelines.
Begin the online application process by reviewing the OPSF Application Instructions.
- Articles Published Openly Courtesy of UT’s Open Publishing Support Fund
- List of Open Access Publishers
UT Libraries has a separate agreement with the publisher PeerJ to cover all open access article processing charges for their journals. If you wish to publish in a PeerJ journal, do not submit this OPSF application; instead, complete the UT PeerJ Publishing Plan Application before you submit your manuscript.
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