PSU Library Supports Open Access Publishing
Open Access Article Processing Charge Fund (OA APC) is a $10,000 pilot fund set aside by the PSU Library to fund PSU research for publication in open access journals. Funds awarded to eligible applicants may be used to pay article processing charges at open access publications. These funds will be awarded first-come first-serve to eligible authors until funds are expended. The Library is excited to launch this pilot project in the hopes that it will contribute to a growing ethos of openness at Portland State and in the scholarly publishing economy.
Benefits for Students
Students will benefit because the OA fund will connect them to the research they need while they attend PSU and after they graduate. Online students and Portland State Alumni will particularly benefit, because OA articles are readily available online. As the Library increases its participation in open initiatives, students will increasingly recognize the value of openness. As they become researchers and full contributors to the scholarly communication system, their practices will incorporate OA publishing and other forms of open scholarship.
Benefits for Authors
Portland State authors will benefit because the OA fund will make their works more visible and remove access barriers to their articles. When more people can access their articles, there is potential for authors to make a greater impact.
Benefits for the Public
The public will benefit because funded articles will be free of cost for the public to read, and the research generated by Portland State researchers will continue to serve our community. This initiative achieves Portland State University’s mission to “let knowledge serve our city” and beyond by making PSU research more available – to anyone.