The Office of Academic Affairs offers support for publication expenses, including open access-related fees. If an author incurs such costs while preparing a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed venue, he or she may apply for a subsidy to underwrite publication expenses by:
1) Consulting with his or her department chair to discuss available resources.
2) Working to secure other sources of publication support from external sources.
3) Writing to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Budget & Research to describe the need for support and request a subsidy.
The AVPAA:BR will review such requests on a first come, first served basis. Approval is contingent on the availability of funds and the nature of the request given that Academic Affairs funding is chiefly intended to help faculty execute their scholarly and creative agendas.
In the case of article processing charges, which are sometimes required to publish in open access journals, an author should complete the steps described above and verify that the journal or venue in question is both reputable and fully compliant with open access standards, i.e., research outputs should be free of use and access restrictions. The AVPAA:BR, in consultation with faculty librarians, will review requests on a first come, first served basis. Requests will be approved depending on demonstration of need, availability of funds, amount requested, and publication venue. With regard to venue, the AVPAA:BR’s role is to prevent publication in predatory journals, not to discriminate by journal prestige, reputation, or ranking.