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Open Access Publishing Fund

Open Access makes scholarship freely available to anyone, and making Fresno State scholarship available through Open Access potentially increases its impact as well as enhancing the scholarly and scientific reputation of the University. Many Open Access journals, however, rely on an economic model that charges fees, often called Article Processing Charges, to authors in order to provide revenue in place of subscriptions.

The Henry Madden Library recognizes that these fees create an obstacle to authors, and has therefore created an Open Access Publishing Fund to subsidize these fees for Fresno State faculty and graduate students who wish to publish their work in Open Access journals. The fund provides up to $2,000 per article, with a limit of $2,000 per author per academic year. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until funding for the academic year has been exhausted.

Authors who have sufficient funding from grants or contracts should not apply for these funds. We strongly encourage applicants for external funding to include publishing costs in their proposals.


  • Fresno State faculty and graduate students may apply.
  • Journals must be currently certified as peer-reviewed and Open Access by credible indexes such as Ulrich's, Cabell's, and/or the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), or the publisher must be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). College or departmental lists of journals acceptable for RTP may also be used as evidence of disciplinary peer-review. In addition, the journal must have a standard article fee schedule published online.
  • “Hybrid” journals, which offer a per-article Open Access option in otherwise subscription-based journals, are not eligible.
  • Articles published since July 1, 2020, may be submitted through March 15, 2021.


Funding is no longer available for the 2020–21 academic year. Please check back for information on funding for 2021–22.


For any questions about the fund, contact:

David Drexler
Scholarly Communication Librarian

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