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Open Access Fund:


The Furman University Libraries’ Open Access Fund evidences its commitment to supporting both open access publishing and the creation of scholarship by faculty, researchers, and students across campus. The goal of the fund is to facilitate more choice in publishing venue by helping to offset the cost of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Furman authors.  It allows authors to consider a broader audience, retain more of their rights, and realize the benefits of Open Access without sacrificing funds that might otherwise go towards research, travel, or student support.

Questions? Concerns?

The Furman University Libraries Open Access Fund is paid for and administered by the Furman University Libraries. For questions or concerns about the fund, guidelines, or eligibility, please contact us at

The Furman University Libraries also provide more information on Open Access, other Open Access Initiatives and Open Educational Resources.


Where can I find the complete Open Access Fund Guidelines?

The full OA Fund Guidelines, including complete eligibility requirements and funding restrictions is available at

Who is eligible?

Furman University faculty, adjunct faculty, researchers, post-docs, staff and students in all disciplines are eligible to apply. 

What types of publications are eligible?

Only peer-review, fully open access works published in reputable titles are eligible. “Reputability” will be determined by the Furman University Libraries in consultation with the applicant, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, and other sources.

Are there limits on the funding?

Yes. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Funds may cover publication fees, submission fees, or illustration fees.
  • Funding will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis up until the funding for a given year is exhausted.
  • In an academic year, an author can receive maximum reimbursements of $3,000. Unused funds cannot be rolled over to future years.
  • In the case of cross-institutional co-authors, fees are pro-rated. The fee will be divided equally among all authors up to the $3,000 caps.
  • The maximum reimbursement for any single article is $3,000.

How do I apply?

Complete the FUL OA Fund application, including the letter of acceptance from the publisher. The request will be reviewed for eligibility and the applicant informed whether it has been approved.