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Open Access Research and Scholarship (OARS) Fund

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

Open Access Research and Scholarship (OARS) Fund

Since 2013, the Colorado State University Libraries, under the guidance of the CSU Faculty Council Committee on Libraries, has allocated funds to support the Open Access Research & Scholarship (OARS) Fund.
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. 

2016 Funding Guidelines

Due to limited funds and the tremendous popularity of the OARS Fund, the criteria for funding has changed for 2016.
Please review the complete guidelines before submitting your request 

2016 changes include:

  • CSU faculty authors may receive 50% of open access processing fees up to $1,500 for 1 article in 2016.
    For example, if an article has an open access fee of $1,500, an author would receive $750 towards the open access publication charges.  If an article has an open access fee of $5,000, an author would receive $1,500.
  • This round of funding is targeted at authors who have not received OARS funding in the past.  Authors who received OARS funding in 2014 or 2015 are not eligible to receive funding in this cycle.
  • Funding will be distributed on a first come first served basis.
  • Applications will be accepted for forthcoming articles, and authors may also apply for reimbursement for articles published after October 1, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until the allocated OARS funds are committed. 
  • Journals must be fully open access and should be listed in the DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals.  Titles should NOT be listed on Beall’s List of Predatory Open Access 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. Articles published in commercial journals will not be eligible for funding, even if the journal has an option to make individual articles openly available.  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.

The OARS Fund will be opened to faculty on the waiting list from May 2-May 9, 2016.
If there are funds available after May 9, the fund will be opened to the general CSU community. 

Individuals on the waiting list have been notified via email that the fund has reopened.  
If you were not on the waiting list and would like to be notified if OARS opens to the general community, please sign up here:

Please notify me about the status of the 2016 OARS Fund.

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