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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

Go to the UNLV Open Article Fund Application

For 2019-2020 the Libraries continue to support funding for UNLV researchers seeking to publish in fully open access journals. In 2018-19 nearly $30,000 was awarded, with funds supported through the library's collection budget and special one time funding by the Libraries Advisory Board. For 2019-2020, $20,000 has been allocated to the UNLV Open Article Fund and another $10,000 has been allocated to a new pilot with the publisher Taylor & Frances. All of the 2019-2020 funding is supported by the library's collection budget.

Update October 14, 2019: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries are thrilled that faculty and students have discovered and started to take advantage of the UNLV Open Article Fund.  As we move forward we have found it necessary to revise some of the criteria for application with the aim of extending the availability of the funds and to ensure that funding is broadly distributed.  These revised criteria are: each author is limited to one award every 12 months, the person requesting the fund must be a UNLV tenured or tenured track faculty, and first time applicants will get preference for funding. These changes will take effect for all applications received after October 16, 2019.  

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?

The person requesting open access funds must:

  • Be UNLV tenured or tenured track faculty (Law School faculty are not eligible). Students are not eligible to apply at this time.
  • Not have received an award within the last 12 months

Additionally, first time applicants will get preference for funding when the remaining balance in the fund cannot support all outstanding applications. Requests for funding will still be reviewed as they come in.

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.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Most successful fund applications are for journals included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (doaj.org). There are exceptions since newer journals, or established journals that have not yet applied for membership, may not be in the database. However, we now ask that authors do a preliminary check to see if the journal they intend to publish with is in the DOAJ.  If it isn't, you may continue with the application, but the journal will be reviewed closely by library staff to ensure that it does not display characteristics of a predatory journal. We will use the criteria from OASPA (described below) to evaluate the journal further. You may also wish to review the OASPA information to see if the journal you are considering is following good practices for open access publishing.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)

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

OR

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.

Acknowledgements

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.
  • First-time applicants will get preference for funding. Applications are typically processed on a first come first serve basis. First time applicants will be prioritized when the UNLV Open Article Fund is low and multiple applications come in at a short period of time. 
  • Due to limited funds, each author is limited to one award every 12 months.

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

Invoices

Authors with approved funds should send the publisher’s invoice directly to digitalscholarship@unlv.edu 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 October 2019, invoices are taking an average of 20 days to be processed for payment. This is from the time the invoice is received in the digitalscholarship@unlv.edu email to the time the campus Accounts Payable office releases payment to the publisher. The longest wait has been 27 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. Please be patient with us as we work through some of these new processes.

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