Open Access Research and Scholarship (OARS) (January 2021)

Funding for Spring 2021 has been allocated, and we are not accepting applications at this time. 

If you would like to be notified when the program begins accepting applications again, please fill out this form:

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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. 

Articles that receive OARS funding are deposited in Mountain Scholar, CSU's digital repository.

2021 Funding Guidelines 

Due to limited funds and the tremendous popularity of the OARS Fund, the criteria for funding has changed for 2021.
Please review the complete guidelines before submitting your request 

2021 changes include:

  • This round of funding is targeted at authors who have not received OARS funding in the past. 
  • Authors may apply for reimbursement for articles published after May 1, 2018, including forthcoming articles. 
  • Articles must submitted for publication or be ready to submit for publication in the near future. Documentation of article submission must be provided within 2 months of an approved application or the funds will be reallocated.
  • CSU faculty authors may receive 50% of open access processing fees up to $1,500 for one article.  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.
  • Funds will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.  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.  In cases where a journal is not in the DOAJ, 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.

Questions about the OARS Fund or the application process?

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