University of Iowa’s Open Access Publishing Fund Discussed in New Article
The UI’s [University of Iowa] “open access fund” provides up to $3,000 per UI applicant to help pay processing fees related to open access publishing. The hope is to get more people familiar with the model and using it, said Michael Wright, UI interim associate university librarian for collections and scholarly communications.
Launched in April through the University Libraries and the Office of the Provost, the UI so far has spent more than $25,000 helping more than 20 scholars pay fees associated with open access publishing.
The average award is between $1,000 and $1,500, and Wright said the UI could continue issuing open access grants even after the original commitment of $50,000 is gone.
UI librarian [Chris] Diaz said concerns about the role of libraries in a world of open access publishing aren’t necessary. Research libraries, such as the one at Iowa, are spending more money on journals today than budgets allow, he said.
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