Open Access Authors' Fund
The Open Access Authors' Fund is designed to pay the fees charged by publishers for articles to be published in Open Access (OA) journals. These fees are often referred to as "author fees", "author payments", "open access charges", "article processing fees", or "submission fees".

The Open Access Authors' Fund is provided by the Libraries at the University of Manitoba. The Libraries initially began supporting UM researchers OA fees for certain publishers in 2010/11, but beginning October 22nd, 2012 we will extend coverage to all open access journals that are eligible.

Application Procedure

  • Applicants should first read the information on this page and then complete the application form. Please also read information provided in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

  • The fund is open to all faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Manitoba. Adjunct professors and faculty whose primary appointment is at another university are not eligible.

  • Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible. Normally, applicants will hear whether their funding request has been approved within five working days.

  • The Libraries will support no more than one OA fee per applicant in a fiscal year and up to a maximum of $3,000 CAD. An application form is needed for the accepted paper and the applicant must be the submitting author.

  • Applicants should exhaust other funding sources that can be used to pay for open access fees before applying to the Open Access Authors' Fund. If an alternate funding source is available that permits payment of submission fees (e.g. a grant), this source must be used before applying to the Fund.

  • Payment will be made by the Libraries directly to the publisher. Applicants should keep all relevant paperwork and correspondence with the publisher.

What Is Eligible?

Peer-reviewed articles that have been accepted for publication in journals which are fully Open Access. That is, all of the journal content is freely available online immediately upon payment of the OA fee. Examples of publishers with suites of fully Open Access journals that charge submission or open access fees include: BioMed Central (BMC), Co-Action Publishing, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, PhysMath Central (PMC), and Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Fully Open Access journals from publishers who have a few such journals are also eligible. For example, Oxford University Press has Nucleic Acids Research, DNA Research, and Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

What Is Not Eligible?

Journals which are not fully Open Access but which allow individual articles to be made freely available online immediately upon payment of the submission fee. These are known as "hybrid" Open Access journals. The only exception would be if the publisher plans to make (in the next subscription year) reductions to the institutional subscription prices based on the number of Open Access articles by funded UM authors in those journals. A few publishers have done this; these include Oxford University Press, which has reduced OA fees for the hybrid journals in its Oxford Open program, the American Institute of Physics, which has done the same for its Author Select program. Other publishers may take this step in the future.

To find out more about Open Access journals, a good source of information is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Institutional Repository

As an added service, the Libraries will deposit a copy of funded articles in the University of Manitoba's institutional repository, known as MSpace. The placement of an article in the repository helps to build the collection of University of Manitoba-authored publications, supports the "Green OA" or self-archiving arm of the Open Access movement, and gives the article an added element of preservation. Authors who do not want their articles added to the repository should indicate this on the application form.

For further questions or comments, please contact:

Mayu Ishida
Research Services Librarian
(204) 474-8421