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Open Access Publishing Support for Grad Students, Postdocs

March 23, 2015

The UC Merced Library has launched a fund to support open-access publishing costs for UC Merced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The primary goals of the program are to support emerging scholars interested in making their research open to the public, reshape current scholarly publishing models and foster greater dissemination of the university’s scholarly output.

Traditional scholarly publishing models are unsustainable, and this opportunity provides emerging UC Merced researchers with experience working with an alternative mode of publishing.

Those who are enrolled as UC Merced graduate students or employed as UC Merced postdoctoral scholars may be eligible for up to $2,000 to cover open-access publishing fees. Only articles submitted to fully open-access journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals will be underwritten.

Articles accepted for publication before Dec. 1, 2014, are not eligible for this support. Funding ends June 30, or as soon as all allocated monies have been awarded. Additional information and the application are available online.

UC Libraries are working with scholars and their partners across the academy to understand the challenges and opportunities of scholarly publishing. In 2013, the UC Academic Senate passed an Open Access Policy​, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty members at all UC 10 campuses will be made available to the public at no charge.

Follow these links to learn more about open access publishing: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)PLOS: The Case for Open Access and Budapest Open Access Initiative.

For additional information about open access publishing, please email Susan Mikkelsen or call 209-658-1832.