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Note: Due to an overwhelming response to the OARS Fund, criteria for the 2014-2015 funding cycle have changed.  Please review the new guidelines before submitting your request.


Open Access Research & Scholarship (OARS) Fund Application Form


Authors will be eligible for up to $2,000 of support for one article for 2014/2015 academic year, subject to the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be a CSU tenured/tenure track faculty member or a full time research scientist.  
  • Applicant must be listed as one of the authors, and the article must indicate CSU affiliation. 
  • Up to $1,250 for publishing in a journal that provides authors with an open access article option. (i.e. making an Elsevier article open access)

 

 

To apply for funds:

  1. Review the 2014-2015 OARS funding guidelines to insure that your article qualifies for the OARS program.
     
  2. Complete the online application form.
     
  3.  Applicants will be notified within 5 working days of the application status.  Applications will be prioritizedin the order in which they were received.
     
  4. Reimbursement will be made once the article has been accepted for publication and the author has provided a copy of the publisher’s invoice to the Libraries.  Reimbursement could take up to three weeks after invoice submission.

 

Questions about the OARS Fund or application process? Please contact:

 

Michelle Wilde
Colorado State University Libraries
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019
Phone: (970) 491-1860
email: Michelle.Wilde@colostate.edu

Open Access Research and Scholarship (OARS) Fund

The Colorado State University Libraries, under the guidance of the CSU Faculty Council Committee on Libraries, has allocated $45,000 to establish the Open Access Research & Scholarship (OARS) Fund.  CSU faculty authors are may receive up to $2,000 to support article processing fees for one article during the 2014-2015 academic year subject to the funding guidelines criteria outlined below.

The goals of the OARS fund are to:

  • Support CSU authors in choosing an open access venue for their work that supports their needs.
  • Reduce total costs for publishing in open access (OA) journals.
  • Encourage submission and reduce barriers to open access publishing as a scholarly communications option.
  • Collect data that can be used to measure effectiveness and fiscal impacts of new models of support for faculty research. 

Note: Funding is available on a first come, first served basis.To insure that the funds are spread over the entire year, there will be two funding cycles for 2014-2015:

  • July 15-December 31, 2014 - applications and reservations for articles published after May 15, 2014 will be accepted until the allocated OARS funds are committed
  • January 1-May 31, 2015 applications and reservations for articles published after November 1, 2014 will be accepted until the allocated OARS funds are committed

Authors who received funding in 2013-2014 may not reserve additional funds
until the 2013-2014 award has been paid out and the article has been
deposited in CSU's digital repository
.

Guidelines for Open Access Research and Scholarship Fund

 
 Eligibility:

Authors who received funding in 2013-2014 may not reserve additional funds until the 2013-2014 award has been paid out and the article has been deposited in CSU’s digital repository.

  • Applicant must be a CSU tenured/tenure track faculty member or a full time research scientist. 
  • Applicant must be listed as one of the authors, and the article must indicate CSU affiliation. 
  • Applicant intends to publish article in a qualifying open access journal or a journal with an open access publishing option. 
  • Whenever possible, CSU Libraries’ support for the publication should be acknowledged in the article.
  • Authors must apply for reimbursement via the Open Access Research & Scholarship (OARS) form.
  • Application for funding can be made at any time, although reimbursement cannot be processed until an article is accepted for publication and the author has been invoiced.
  • All reimbursement is on a first come, first served basis until the funding is exhausted.  For 2014-2015, CSU tenured/tenure track faculty members may receive up to $2,000 in funding for one article, subject to the funding guidelines. 
  • Authors are encouraged to apply early to reserve funding.

Funding Guidelines

  • Authors will be eligible for up to $2,000 of support per year for one article, subject to the following criteria:
    • Up to $2,000 per article for publishing in a fully open access journal. Journals should be listed in the DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) and must NOT be listed on Beall’s List of Predatory Open Access Publishers (scholarlyoa.com/publishers).  In cases where a journal does not meet these criteria, authors will be asked to briefly explain why the journal is an appropriate venue, given one’s discipline.
    • Up to $1,250 for publishing in a journal that provides authors with an option to make the article open access at the time of publication.  Articles from commercial journals that will be made open access 6-12 months after the initial publication date to fulfill federal mandates will not be considered for funding.
  • Reimbursement will not cover the cost of reprints, color illustrations, non-OA page charges, etc.
  • Within six months of publication, the author must deposit the article into CSU’s digital repository (digitool.library.colostate.edu). Authors should review journal criteria to insure they are complying with copyright.
  • Funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, and authors must apply for reimbursement. 
  • Authors may apply to reserve funds before an article is submitted to an OA journal to insure that money is available when the article is accepted.  Reserved funds will be held for six months, at which time unused money will be returned to the pool. If an article has been accepted, the acceptance letter may be used to extend the six month reservation period.
  • Funding applications may be submitted at any time, although reimbursement cannot be processed until an article is accepted and the author has been invoiced. In order to insure that funds are available to subsidize an article, authors are encouraged to apply for OARS funds when they submit an article that will incur open access fees.
  • Articles that are supported by a gift or grant from a foundation, institution or agency that allows granted funds to be used for article processing fees are not eligible for reimbursement.
  • For the 2014-2015 academic year, there will be two funding cycles:
    • July 15-December 31, 2014 - applications and reservations for articles published after May 15, 2014 will be accepted until the allocated OARS funds are committed
    • January 1-May 15, 2015 applications and reservations for articles published after December 1, 2014 will be accepted until the allocated OARS funds are committed

Funding Process

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by CSU Libraries and a decision for funding support will be communicated to the author within five working days of submission.
  3. Reimbursement will be made once the article has been accepted for publication and the author has provided a copy of the publisher’s invoice to the Libraries.  Reimbursement could take up to three weeks after invoice submission.
 

Printable Guidelines for OARS