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Open Access Fund

Funding Support for Publishing Open Access

Open access publishing offers wider dissemination, higher visibility, and faster discovery of published research. The UC Davis Library offers funding support to encourage authors to publish open access.

Fund Description

The UC Davis Open Access Fund is a library reimbursement program that supports members of the UC Davis academic community who want to make their journal articles or book chapters free to all readers immediately upon publication. 

The Open Access Fund began as a pilot in October 2012, with initial funding from the California Digital Library (CDL). The UC Davis Library continues to provide these funds to UC Davis authors interested in publishing open access. The library tracks how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the fund continues to be evaluated. Its chief goals are to foster greater dissemination of the work of UC Davis scholars and encourage author control of copyright.

UC Davis is one of four UC campus libraries that offers an open access publishing fund.

Eligibility Requirements

Any author with a UC Davis affiliation is eligible for the fund (faculty, graduate students, residents, staff, etc.) The fund will reimburse authors up to $1,000 per article for open access article processing charges (APCs), or for fees paid to publish open access book chapters.

All applicants must have:

All funded works must be:

  • Published in full open access journals or in full open access books;
  • Either (1) published no earlier than 12 months prior to, or (2) have an anticipated publication date within 6 months of, the UC Davis Open Access Fund application date; and
  • Made freely available at the time of initial publication, with no embargo periods.

Proof of acceptance/publication must be provided (i.e., copy of acceptance letter/email or link to published full text).

Note: These funds are not to cover color charges, page charges, illustration charges, or submission charges.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Apply

This application form will allow us to make a preliminary determination regarding your eligibility and reply with a request for further materials as required.

Apply for the Open Access Fund

Note: To complete the online application, applicants must enter a valid University Common Funds Number 13U00. If you have any questions, please get in touch with your Department Financial Contact.

Step 2: Acceptance

Once your application has been approved, we will send an email notification to you requesting a copy of the letter stating that your article has been accepted for publication. Alternatively, you can provide a link to the full text if available. You can send the copy or link in a separate email or paste it into the Note field in the application form.

Step 3: Reimbursement

Once your acceptance letter has been received by us, your funds will be disbursed via interdepartmental transfer, to the University Common Funds Number 13U00 you provided in your application. Our financial department will use the financial contact you provided in your application form, and will usually process the transaction within 10 to 15 business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my article eligible for the Open Access Fund?
Full open access journals ARE eligible, but hybrid journals are NOT.

There are two types of open access journal publication models: full and hybrid. The library’s Open Access Fund only offers reimbursement for publications in full open access journals (journals in which all articles are published open access). We cannot reimburse you for a publication in a hybrid open access journal – a model in which the publisher charges libraries for a subscription to access its non-open access articles, and then requires the author to pay an APC to make your article open access on top of the subscription fee libraries must pay. In most cases, publishers would be collecting twice and libraries would be paying twice for these types of journals: once for the subscription, and again for your publishing in the journal.

If you are unsure of whether a journal you are considering is full open access or hybrid, please email

Journals part of UC open access agreements are NOT eligible.

Articles published in a full open access journal that is covered under one of the UC open access agreements with publishers are not eligible for support through the UC Davis Open Access Fund, since the UC libraries consortium already provides a subvention or covers the full cost of publishing in those journals.

Journals that have UC publishing discounts are NOT eligible.

In addition, UC has negotiated APC discounts for articles in individual journals or with publishers as part of a subscription.

Is this related to the Open Access Policy for the University of California?

No, this is unrelated. This Open Access Fund will pay the costs of publishing new research in open access journals, and involves funds provided by the UC Davis Library. The Open Access Policy is focused on open access archiving in eScholarship regardless of place of publication.

Where is the money for the fund coming from?

The funds are from the UC Davis Library. We chose to support this alternative funding model, expecting to learn valuable information about the costs associated with the journal article processing charge (APC) financial model.

I want to publish an open access book — can this fund help?

The library runs a different fund — the TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) Fund — to support open access monograph publishing with participating presses.

Can I use the UC Davis Open Access Fund to pay the remaining APC for an article covered under a UC open access agreement?

No. The UC Davis Library already contributed proportionally to the funds for the UC’s systemwide open access agreements. You will receive a subsidy, or can request to have the full APC covered, through the UC libraries consortium.

Is there a limit to the number of applications I can submit per year or otherwise?

No. As long as the requirements are met, you can submit (and get approved for) multiple applications.