Open Access means free and unlimited access to scholarly information. An open access business model relies on the article processing charges (APCs) charged by the publisher for open access publication. These APCs may be covered by the author, the author’s institution or by a research funder.
Authors aiming to publish in open access journals have access to assistance with APCs in various ways.
The Library and Information Services (LIS) now provides funding via an Open Access Publications Fund (OAPF) for eligible researchers, subsidising up to R25 000 of APCs levied by open access publishers per article. Researchers can apply for support from this fund when other funding sources, such as research grants or publishers/institution agreements, are not available.
A few notes on the funding process:
*A reasonable period could vary between disciplines and publications. If, after six months, additional time is needed by an author, communication between the author and publisher as proof of a still active article submission process may be submitted to the OAPF to extend the period for reservation of funds.
Eligible authors are all faculty academic staff and researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and postgraduate students (only when publishing in collaboration with permanent academic staff at the University faculty members). Research fellows are excluded at this time. Authors from non-academic divisions publishing as UFS affiliates may also apply.
Important: An authors’ affiliation with the University of the Free State must be indicated in the final publication.
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