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K-State Today

January 24, 2013

Funds now available for open access publishing

Submitted by Donna Ekart

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Are you committed to the ideals of open access publishing, but uncertain about how to pay the publication fees that are sometimes part of the package? K-State Libraries might have just the answer you seek. In a joint initiative with the office of the provost and senior vice president and the office of research and sponsored programs, K-State Libraries has created a new fund for K-State authors who would like to publish in open access journals. 

The K-State Open Access Publishing Fund supports the university’s goal of making K-State research and scholarship immediately, freely and globally available. Funds are intended to support open access to peer reviewed articles in cases where publication fees are not covered by grants or other funding sources.

"We're so happy to be able to offer this option to K-State researchers," said Beth Turtle, department head for scholarly communications and publishing at K-State Libraries. "It's yet another way the university is demonstrating commitment to making the valuable research output of our faculty available to the world."

Any K-State faculty member or researcher may request up to $3,000 per year to pay for reasonable article processing fees in open access journals as well as a portion of paid access fees charged by commercial publishers. Awards are limited to one per author per year. Articles accepted for publication after Jan. 30 are eligible for this program, and applications complying with the eligibility criteria will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Information on the application process and an online application form are available on the K-State Libraries website. Questions relating to the administration of the fund should be addressed to Jenny Oleen, scholarly communications librarian.