40 Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
University Libraries. Requirements Eligible Authors: The Open-Access Fund is available to any Kent
State University faculty, postdoc, staﬀ member, or student who is the lead or corresponding author.
Eligible Articles: Funds apply to APCs for scholarly peer-reviewed articles. Eligible Publications: Are
open-access journals that: § are approved by the applicants’ Academic Unit § Are peer reviewed §
Are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals § Have policies and practices consistent with the
Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Code of Conduct § Make their standard fee schedules
publicly accessible § Waive their APCs in cases of the authors’ ﬁnancial hardship Not eligible: § Articles
in journals that charge an annual subscription fee, including journals that use a delayed open-access
model, or oﬀer an “open choice” option to make a particular article open access. § The Open-Access
Publishing Fund does not cover: Color charges, Page Charges, Illustration Fees, Submission Charges.
Article Reimbursement Cap: Funding allowance for a single article is capped at $2,000. Author
Reimbursement Cap: Authors may receive funding for up to $3,000 per year for all APCs. Unused
amounts do not roll over to future years. § We encourage authors reporting on research that was
supported by funders (e.g., NIH) to use research funds to cover publication fees. If possible the costs
for APCs should be speciﬁcally included in the grant. Multiple Authorship: In the case of an article
with multiple Kent State authors, they may opt to split the APCs among themselves. For example, for an
article with three authors that is to appear in a journal with a $3,000 publication fee, each author could
receive funding for $1,000 of that fee. Application Process: § Articles submitted for publication after
July 1st, 2016 are eligible. § University Libraries will administer the fund and process APC payments.
Main obstacle to APC fund establishment is institutional budget. The state government has instituted
a budget recision this FY and state budget outlook is bleak for the next several years. If we had funding
available, the APC project would have been implemented already.
Our support of external OA initiatives is funded through collections funding.
See analysis of the impact of our OA fund at “Library Funding of Open Access Publication Fees: Eﬀects
on Faculty Behavior and Attitude,” http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/morris_confs/22/
See COAP Fund Frequently Asked Questions, http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/services/coap-fund/
The fund has evolved over the years, so the answers that have been provided apply to the last round
The Open Access Author’s Fund was suspended from November 2015 until July 2016. A new and
expanded funding model has recently been announced that includes contributions from the provost
and individual academic departments in addition to funds allocated from the library collections budget.
Another change in July 2016 is that responsibility for the administration of the OAAF is moving from
collections staﬀ to the recently hired scholarly communications librarian.
The statistics from the fund in operation for two years show that there is demand for this kind of fund
and the pilot was a success from that perspective. Discussions are in process about how best to move
forward and whether the OA Fund is the best approach.
The University of Alberta Libraries’ Collection Policy includes the following statement: “The University
of Alberta Libraries are committed to the principles of open access, as outlined in the IFLA Statement
on Open Access to Scholarly Literature and Research Documentation. In addition to collecting and
making available open access materials, we are committed to furthering knowledge through online
open access journal hosting, digital repository, and research management data management services.
The Libraries are also engaged in ongoing digitization and digital preservation projects aimed
at ensuring open access to historical material for current and future generations of students and
researchers.” The Open Access page on the Libraries’ website routes to Open Access initiatives: https://