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Kresge Library Open Access Fund


The OA fund was closed due to lack of funds. The university currently has no method for supporting faculty with paying for APCs. We encourage faculty to work with their Department Chairs and Deans. There are also very limited funds available through the University Research Committee. Faculty can contact the current chairs to inquire.


The open access publishing landscape is changing, shifting away from article processing charges (APC) which are inherently inequitable and moving toward transformative agreements, cost-sharing and membership models. OU Libraries will continue to support faculty with making their scholarship open and available to the public. Ask your liaison librarian about how to post your author’s accepted manuscript in the institutional repository. We also have publishing agreements that offer free or discounted OA publishing with select publishers.


Program Goals:

The goal is to establish an OA publishing fund that would help to remove financial barriers that prevent researchers at OU from publishing in open access journals. This fund supports the ability of researchers to publish in fully open access peer-reviewed journals that allow for immediate access to all published content and where authors retain all rights to their intellectual property.


Eligibility requirements:

  • OU Libraries supports faculty by paying up to 70% of OA fees (maximum of $3,000 per article) for approved applications.
  • Requests must be for newly published (within the past six months), peer reviewed articles in open access journals that charge a publication fee associated with the cost of making an article freely available.
  • Articles must be made freely available on the web at the time of initial publication, with no embargo period.
  • Upon publication funded articles auxiliary materials must be submitted into OU’s institutional repository, OUR@Oakland.


Journal requirements:

  • Journal publishers should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), book publishers should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).
  • A publisher should be a member of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or meet its Code of Conduct or have a comparable code of ethics available from their website.


Author requirements:

  • The fund is open to all OU faculty including adjunct faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and staff at Oakland University. (OUWB Medical faculty must apply to the OUWB Medical Library for funding. See: OUWB Medical Library Open Access Grant Program)
  • Requesting author must be listed as first author or as corresponding author.
  • Applicants co-authoring with OUWB faculty must request matching funds from Medical Library OA grant program.
  • Applicants must exhaust other funding sources (e.g. grants, start-up funds) before applying or use these sources as matching funds.
  • Applicants must match 30% of the total OA fee.
  • Authors can only be funded (at most) 1 once per 12 month cycle.
  • Funding will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until funds have been exhausted.

Fund limit:

  • Requests for funding cannot exceed $3,000.
  • Preference is given to authors who have not been previously funded.

*Updated 9/28/2018

Measuring Research Impact


Library Contact

Julia Rodriguez
Scholarly Communications Librarian

Steps for Requesting Funds for OA publishing:

1. Review criteria before requesting funding.

2. If you are eligible fill out the Kresge Library Open Access (OA) Funds Request form

3. After you receive an approval from OU Libraries to be funded, contact the publisher and request an invoice with both your name and OU Libraries.

4. Send that invoice to Linda Kreger @ kreger@oakland.edu and tell her you are requesting payment for Open Access article processing fees.


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