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Kresge Library Open Access Fund
Pilot Program


Oakland University Libraries are committed to supporting open access (OA) as a publishing option for our faculty and researchers to publish their scholarly work. Open access helps to support the continuous, free dissemination of an author’s research to an international audience of scientists, researchers, faculty, and other interested parties. Publishing research using open access mechanisms provides greater chances of visibility for researchers and scholars subsequently leading to more citations and greater impact. Researchers retain copyright to their intellectual property.


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 established open access peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed journals that have an open access option; in turn, increasing the visibility of research performed by OU authors.


Eligibility requirements:

  • Newly published (within the past six months), peer reviewed articles in open access or hybrid 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 will 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 must be a member of Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or meet its Code of Conduct.
  • Hybrid journals from reputable publishers that charge a publication fee associated with the cost making an article freely available must follow best practices in scholarly publishing (as defined by COPE and OU Libraries).
    • Costs for reprints, color illustration fees, non-open access page charges, administrative charges and other fees are not applicable


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) to pay for open access charges before applying or use these sources as matching funds.
  • Authors will (typically) only be funded once per 12 month cycle.
  • Funding is granted and tracked at the article level not the author-level.
  • 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.


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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