Open access publishing fund
The UNR Med Open Access Publishing Fund is a pilot project to help defray the cost of article processing fees for authors publishing in open access journals. Goals of this program are to:
- Facilitate publication by students and early-career investigators
- Accelerate the online availability of published articles, and to
- Broaden the impact of research generated by the UNR Med community.
This fund underwrites article processing fees in fully open access journals up to a maximum of $1,500 an article. Financial support for the program comes through the UNR Med Office of Operations and Financial Services. This pilot will run from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Future support will depend on use and available funding.
Open access publishing consultation
Authors interested in applying for UNR Med Open Access Funds are encouraged to consult with us prior to manuscript submission regarding the eligibility and quality of specific open access journals. Please contact us with any questions about the application and review process.
Key questions about funding
Funds are available to current UNR Med faculty, post-docs, researchers, residents, fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. The applicant must be listed as the first author of the article. Authors who have grants, contracts, or other mechanisms of support that can be applied to publication costs are not eligible. Authors are limited to one reimbursement per fiscal year. Consideration will be given to authors with limited resources to support publication costs, and first-time Open Access Fund applicants.
This funding supports only original research. Case reports, personal opinion, or perspective pieces are not eligible. Only manuscripts submitted to Open Access journals will be considered. Open access journals are those that provide free, immediate, online availability to all content without restriction. The fund does not cover fees for subscription based, hybrid open access models in which journals may charge an optional open access fee to make a specific article available after acceptance. To qualify for funding, manuscripts must be completed and ready for submission, submitted for publication, or accepted for publication. Funds cannot be applied retroactively for articles already published.
Additionally, journals must demonstrate adherence to standards of scholarly publication and editorial integrity. Among the criteria which may be used to evaluate the quality of an Open Access journal are:
- Use of a peer-review process.
- Clearly stated article processing fee schedules.
- Coverage in major indexing and abstracting services such as PubMed, Embase, or Web of Science.
- Listing in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
- Membership in the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).
Before completing the application form, authors (other than medical students) should first get approval in writing from their Department Chair; medical students should get approval in writing from their faculty mentor.
You may apply for funding once your manuscript is complete and ready to submit to a journal.
Requests for funding must be submitted using the online form linked from this page. Applications will be reviewed with respect to program criteria and aims. Authors will be notified of a decision by email as soon as possible. Authors of approved requests will need to have their department pay the full amount of the article processing fees and then submit the paid invoice to UNR Med Open Access Fund managers for reimbursement. The Fund Managers will use the UNR Med Open Access Fund to reimburse the author’s department. Paid invoices must be submitted to us within three months after initial approval of the request for funds. After three months, a new application for funding may be required. Reimbursement of invoices is on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. The parameters and policies regarding administration of the Open Access Funds may be amended at any time as necessary. Published articles must include a statement of acknowledgement such as, “Partial funding for open access was provided by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Open Access Fund.”