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About the Open Access Author Fees Fund

The fund is now accepting applications for the FY20 funding cycle. Remember that our funding is limited and is on a first-come first serve basis, so funding my not be available later in the year. Please email us at any time with any questions about the status.  

The University Library System, University of Pittsburgh (ULS) will provide funds for the payment of article processing fees for articles authored or coauthored by the faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, and students served by the ULS and the Barco Law Library who publish in eligible Open Access journals as part of the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

The Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity is a group of participating institutions committed to supporting Open Access by underwriting publication charges for those individuals at their institution who publish articles in fee-based Open Access journals.

To learn more about this program and to see whether you are eligible for funding, see the Author Fee Fund Policy Guidelines. To apply for funding, complete the online application form. Still have questions? See the FAQ or contact us at

The COPE press release announcing the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh as a signatory can be found here.