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Open Access

This guide is to help UNLV authors learn about open access, article processing charges (APCs), avoiding predatory publishers, and open access policies.

UNLV Open Article Fund

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The UNLV University Libraries is pleased to announce funding to assist UNLV researchers seeking to publish in open access journals. Through the generous support of the Libraries Advisory Board along with funding from the Libraries' collections budget, there is $30,000 allocated to this pilot project.

Support for Open Access

The University Libraries seeks to assist UNLV researchers in sharing their work widely through open access. We have long supported open access, with the implementation of Digital Scholarship@UNLV in 2009, and now we wish to expand UNLV authors' options by assisting them with the costs of publishing in open access journals. Specifically, this fund supports article processing charges (APCs) for open access journals.

Sharing research through open access provides benefits for authors (greater reach and use of their works), for UNLV (showcasing the research scholarship to potential  students and faculty), and to the public, lawmakers, non-profit organizations, and small businesses by ensuring that research that could impact their decisions is available to them.

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How to Apply for Funds

Learn about the UNLV Open Article Fund on this page. Eligibility requirements and other information are provided here.

To apply for funds, please complete the online application form. You will need to login with your UNLV affiliated email to access the form. You may preview the fund application questions below.

Eligibility Requirements

Who can apply for funds?

Updated February 2019! With the exception of Law School faculty and students, current UNLV faculty (academic and administrative) as well as current graduate students who are co-authors with UNLV faculty are eligible. This includes tenure and tenure-track medical and dental school faculty and medical and dental residents and fellows.

Which publications are eligible?                         open access logo

Journal criteria:

This fund will support scholarly articles to be published in fully open access peer reviewed journals. The fund does not cover articles to be published in hybrid journals (where only some content is open access), books, book chapters, magazines, or other types of publications.

The article must be in a journal whose publisher is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) 


the journal otherwise demonstrates that it adheres to the OASPA code of conduct and membership criteria, even if the publisher is not a member.

Article criteria:

Articles with a status of ready for submission, submitted, or accepted are eligible. Articles already published and articles still being drafted are not eligible.

Additionally, articles based on grant funding where grant monies can support APCs are not eligible.

Additional Requirements

Role of Digital Scholarship@UNLV (repository)

Final articles must be added to Digital Scholarship@UNLV, the University’s open access repository. University Libraries Staff will coordinate this process.


The article must acknowledge the University Libraries using the following (or very similar) text:

“The publication fees for this article were supported by the UNLV University Libraries Open Article Fund.”

Award limitations

  • The maximum amount per article is $1500 and is to be used only for article processing charges. The award does not support color, image, or page charges.
  • Individual authors are limited to one award per academic year (July 1 - June 30).

How to Apply for Funds

When to Apply

calendar iconAuthors should apply at submission or acceptance. Awards will expire after six months; however, the author may

re-apply for funds at that time.

How to Apply

Complete the application form located here. A preview of the questions is located at the top of this page.

You will need:

  • Information about you (contact information, affiliation with UNLV, role on article)

  • Information about the article for which you are seeking funding (title of article, journal, co-authors)

  • Funding amount requested

  • To confirm agreement with the following:

    • To place a copy of the final published work in Digital Scholarship@UNLV

    • To acknowledge in article that “The publication fees for this article were supported by the UNLV University Libraries Open Article Fund."

    • That neither you nor your co-authors have grant funding that supports article processing charges for this publication.

Decision and Notification of Award

Decision Authority

The Libraries Scholarly Communication Initiatives Department will review UNLV Open Article Fund applications. Funding requests meeting the criteria described above and on the application form will be approved until the pilot funds are expended. If the department is unsure the criteria is being met (e.g. such as the journal’s adherence to OASPA code of conduct), the Libraries Collection Committee will assist in the review. The content and topic of the article for which funding is being sought is not considered in the review.

Decision Timeline

While we expect to have a much faster turnaround time, please allow two weeks for a response to your application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, in the order they are received.

Payment Process


Authors with approved funds should send the publisher’s invoice directly to for payment. The Libraries will expedite payment (for up to the amount awarded) as quickly as possible. However, foreign publishers may take longer than U.S.-based publishers - see note below.

**Authors, please be aware that payment for domestic publishers takes a couple of weeks to process. As of early January 2019, invoices are taking an average of 19 days to be processed for payment. This is from the time the invoice is received in the email to the time the campus Accounts Payable office releases payment to the publisher. The longest wait has been 22 days and the shortest has been 13 days.

Note about Foreign Publishers

Foreign publishers that are not already registered as an NSHE supplier will need to register. Additionally, UNLV purchasing will review all foreign invoices before they are paid. As this is a pilot project, please be patient with us as we work through some of these new processes.

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