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About the Open Access Author Fees Fund

Unfortunately, the Author Fee Fund has been exhausted for this fiscal year (FY20) We still have some limited funds avaible for Biomed Central/Springer Open Journals. But we are not able to fund any other requests at this time. We project that the fund will re-open for all requests in early FY 21 (July/August 2020) 

Remember that our funding is limited and is on a first-come first serve basis, so funding my not be available. 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 processing fees for scholarly literature 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 publications  

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 ULS is a member of the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE). COPE 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. The COPE press release announcing the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh as a signatory can be found here.