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SFU Central Open Access Fund

Beginning February 2010 the SFU Library is pleased to administer a central fund to support SFU authors who publish in Open Access journals that charge Article Processing Charges. Details of the fund, as approved by the Senate Library Committee at its meeting January 18, 2010, are as follows:

SFU authors who are faculty, staff or graduate students are eligible to use the Central fund.  Undergraduate students working under the supervision of a faculty member are also eligible.

The Library has established memberships or direct invoicing arrangements with some of the most prominent open access publishers.  If  you submit an article to one of the publishers listed below, the library's membership arrangement will cover the article processing charges if you are eligible. 

Direct invoicing arrangements are only possible when the submitting author is identified as being affiliated with SFU.

If you are submitting a paper to an open access publisher that does not appear on this list, please contact the Library to see if direct invoicing can be arranged.  Eligible journals will be those in the Directory of Open Access Journals, or those whose editorial policies meet the criteria for inclusion in DOAJ. The fund will also cover article processing charges for book chapters, provided the entire publication is open access.

The fund does not cover optional article processing charges from hybrid journals. Hybrid open access journals are now published by some commercial publishers, such as Springer, Nature and others, and by some non-profit publishers such as the American Chemical Society and Oxford University Press. Under this model papers are published in traditional subscription journals, but if authors elect to pay an optional APC, their article is made Open Access. Although publishers claim to redirect the funds from these APCs to reduce the cost of subscriptions and licenses, there is insufficient evidence that this is actually happening. 

The fund does not cover additional charges beyond the basic APC, such as for including colour plates, long articles, submission fees, or excess page charges.

It is anticipated that SFU authors will include OA publishing charges in grant applications where they are eligible, and will first use such funds before applying for reimbursement from the central OA fund. The Library will work with the Office of Research Services to raise awareness of grant eligibility for OA fees and funder mandates.

The amount each SFU author may claim during one fiscal year is limited to $10,000.

The Central Open Access Fund is one part of the SFU Library's Open Access Strategy.

For more information please contact:
Rebecca Dowson, Digital Scholarship Librarian
ph: 778.782.5869