Open Publishing Support Fund

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.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • 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.

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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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