K-State Open Access Publishing Fund

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No endorsement of any journal or of the research merit of any article is implied by this funding.

The K-State Open Access Publishing Fund (KOAPF) supports the goal of making K-State research and scholarship immediately, freely and globally available. When support is not available from other sources, the KOAPF will assist K-State authors by paying reasonable article processing fees for publishing in open access journals.

This initiative is jointly funded through the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice PresidentOffice of Research and Sponsored Programs and K-State Libraries.

Applications that comply with the eligibility criteria below will be funded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Eligibility Criteria


Any K-State faculty member or researcher may request up to $3,000 per year to pay for open access article processing fees. Awards are limited to one per author per year. Exceptions to this policy may be made on a case by case basis depending on funding balances and costs of author fees.

Multiple Authors

Funding applications for multi-authored articles should be submitted by only one group member. Funding will be considered only where lead or primary authors are from K-State.

Eligible Content

Peer-reviewed journal articles that are submitted to and accepted by open access journals.

Open Access Journals

Up to $3,000 per article will be provided to pay publication fees in open-access journals which provide free, immediate, online access to the full text of research articles upon publication without restrictions. 

Eligible journals may include those listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, or publishers that hold membership in the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, and/or are compliant with the Association’s Code of Conduct

Non-Eligible Charges

Paid Access (hybrid) Journals

Hybrid journals (commercial journals for which the Libraries are paying subscriptions and open access fees are additional) are not considered eligible. Examples include publishers that offer open access options such as Elsevier Open Access, Wiley Online Open, Springer Open Choice, ACS Author Choice, and many others. 

The cost of page charges, reprints, color illustration fees, etc.

Payment of fees for extraditing publication is not necessary and will not be funded.

Application Process

Requests for publisher payment may be made as soon as an article is accepted and a statement or invoice for publication charges is received. Researchers should complete the online application. Once approved, notices will be sent to the applicant and department chair. 

K-REx Submission Requirement

Applicants receiving funding from KOAPF are expected to submit a post-review and final draft of the article to K-State’s institutional repository (K-REx) at the time funding notification is received.

Please send the final approved manuscript to krex@k-state.edu.


Please include the following statement in the author’s acknowledgements: 

Publication of this article was funded in part by the Kansas State University Open Access Publishing Fund.

Alternative Funding Options

KOAPF funds are intended to support open access to peer reviewed articles where publication fees are not covered by grants or other funding sources. Authors are encouraged to include article processing fees in future grant applications.

If you need help estimating fees for grant purposes, please contact the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) at 785-532-7444 or cads@k-state.edu.

Last updated: 09/11/2015