About the Fund
The K-State Open Access Publishing Fund (KOAPF) supports making K-State research and scholarship immediately, freely and globally available through open access.
About Open Access
Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.
When support is not available from other sources, the KOAPF will assist K-State authors by paying reasonable article processing charges (APCs) for publishing in open access journals. The administrators of the fund do not consider faculty or lab start-up funds as other sources of funding and the availability of such funds will not count against eligibility.
- Any K-State faculty member or researcher may request up to $3,000 per fiscal year to pay for open access article processing fees. Awards are limited to one per author per fiscal year. Exceptions to this policy may be made on a case by case basis depending on funding availability and costs of publishing fees.
- Multiple Authors
- Funding applications for multi-authored articles should be submitted by only one group member. Funding will only be considered if lead or primary authors are from K-State.
Peer-reviewed journal articles that are accepted by qualifying open access journals and which meet the following criteria:
- Accepting journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals, OR the journal publisher holds membership in the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Asand/or is compliant with the Code of Conduct.
- Once published, the article will be licensed under one of the Creative Commons licenses or designated to be placed in the public domain.
- Article processing charges (APCs) or publishing fees for hybrid journals. A hybrid journal is a commercial or society journal which charges authors fees to publish their work as open-access, while additionally charging libraries and other users a subscription to allow access to other content in the journal.
- Payment of fees for expediting publication is not necessary and will not be funded.
- Payment of fees to upgrade licenses.
Funding Availability in FY2020
5 Applications funded
$11,000 Remaining Balance (Estimate)
K-REx Submission Requirement
Applicants receiving funding from the KOAPF are expected to submit their published article (Publisher's Version of Record) to K-State's digital repository, the K-State Research Exchange.
Please send the article to CADS@ksu.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.
Reducing Publishing Charges
There are several ways for you to publish open access (OA) at a reduced or even no cost in quality scholarly journals. These include:
Applying for the OA publishing fund to cover article processing charges (APC) up to $3,000.
Publishing within an OA journal that does not charge APC fees. You can find journals like this by searching the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Publishing with publishers like Open Library for Humanities that publish at no cost to the authors.
Publishing with publishers that give K-State authors a discount on APC’s
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) - 10% discount
BioMed Central (BMC) - 15% discount
Applying for an APC waiver. Some publishers will waive the APC if requested. These waivers may be based on need and can range from a partial to a full waiver of fees.
Publishing in a subscription journal which allows for self-archiving. You don't need to pay to make your work free to read. Publish in a subscription journal which allows for self-archiving and make your work free to read through a repository like the K-State Research Exchange. For more information about authors' rights, see Managing My Copyrights.
- Step 1 - Learn about Article Versions
- Step 2 - Check your journal - Automatic Permissions Checker
- Step 3 - Find your Author Accepted Manuscript(s)
- Step 4 - Submit to the K-State Research Exchange or other preferred repository.
Checking with the journal to see if they have an OA program. Some publishers like the Royal Chemistry Society are offering their authors, reviewers, and/or editors points or credits for their service to the journal. Authors can use these credits or points to publish their articles open access.
If you need help estimating fees for grant purposes, please contact the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship (CADS) at CADS@ksu.edu.