Open Access Fund

The Open Access Fund is currently closed as we explore funding for the 2017-2018 school year. Should funds become available, the fund will again accept applications

In alignment with the WSULS’s Scholars Cooperative mission to “aid, educate and empower the Wayne State community to advance the creation, distribution and preservation of scholarship beyond traditional academic publishing models,” the Library System administers a fund to underwrite publication charges for materials published in fee-based, peer-reviewed venues that are openly accessible.

The fund seeks to support at least ten projects a year. Applicants to the fund may request amounts up to 1/20th of the total fund [request cap is currently $1,000]; fees less than that amount are eligible for full funding.

Applicants seeking funding will complete an application form. Applications will be reviewed by an established OA Fund Committee consisting of representatives from the Library System (and other key stakeholders as appropriate). The Fund Committee will notify applicants of a funding decision within 2 (two) weeks of receipt of application. Disbursement of funds will be made directly to the publisher through the Libraries’ business office.

Administration of the open access fund will be facilitated by Library System on a first-come first-served basis, under the following conditions:

Eligible Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly monographs, and/or their related or supporting data sets, are eligible for support from the fund. Venues for publication must either be members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA,, or meet the membership requirements of OASPA, as delineated under OASPA’s Membership Criteria ( and Code of Conduct ( Hybrid open access arrangements (“paid open access” or “open choice”) may be considered on a case-by-case basis, with the understanding that publishers offering open choice may not meet 100% of the above criteria. The publication must be free of any embargo period which might limit access for a specific time after publication.

Eligible Authors

Funds are available to current full-time Wayne State University Faculty. One award per author per funding year.

Eligible Fees

Funds may be used to pay for publication fees and submission fees directly related to making the work-in-question open access. Authors must exhaust other avenues of funding first, and avow in good faith that any existing grant funding does not cover the (full) cost of open access publication. If co-authors are awarded similar funding from another institution, WSULS OA Fund awards will be prorated accordingly.

Additional Requirements

Authors must make a copy of the work available in Wayne State’s Institutional Repository, DigitalCommons@WayneState.The fund must be listed as a source of support in the published work.

Katherine Akers

Biomedical Research/Research Data Specialist

(313) 577-9593

Damecia Donahue

Scholarly Communications Librarian

(313) 577-5811

Cole Hudson

Digital Publishing Librarian

(313) 577-2659

Graham Hukill

Digital Publishing Librarian

(313) 577-5951

Joshua Neds-Fox

Coordinator for Digital Publishing

(313) 577-4460

Michael Priehs

Coordinator for Scholarly Communications & Copyright

(313) 577-8743