Advancing the Impact of UC Davis Research

UC Davis University Library promotes broad public access to the scholarly work of the Davis campus community, and encourages Davis authors to participate in the wider dissemination, higher visibility, and accelerated discovery of knowledge that open access publishing offers.

As one of three UC campus libraries offering Open Access Publishing Funds, the UC Davis Open Access Fund (UCD-OAF) is a Library reimbursement program that supports members of the UC Davis academic community who want to make their journal articles or book chapters free to all readers immediately upon publication. 

Begun in October 2012 as a pilot, with initial funding from the California Digital Library (CDL), UCD-OAF subsidizes open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable.* The UC Davis University Library continues to provide the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing. The Library tracks how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the fund continues to be evaluated. The chief goals include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars, and encouraging author control of copyright.

*Note: Whether grant funds can be used to cover open access charges will vary by funding agency and grant. BioMed Central has compiled a partial list for funders of biomedical research. For other disciplines, check the policies of your granting organization. If in doubt, contact the granting organization. UCD researchers are encouraged to add open access fees or article process charges to their future grant proposals. 

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UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students who do not have grant funds that can be used for open access charges are eligible to apply.

The UCD-OAF will reimburse authors up to $1000 per article or chapter for article processing charges (APCs) paid to publish in fully open access journals or for fees paid to publish book chapters in fully open access books.

Publications must either 1) have been published no earlier than 12 months prior to, or 2) have an anticipated publication date within 6 months of, the UCD-OAF application date. All funded works must be made freely available at the time of initial publication, with no embargo periods. Funds from the pilot are not available to cover color charges, page charges, illustration charges, or submission charges. 

We encourage UCD authors to choose journals published by organizations who are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association and adhere to its code of conduct.

For a list of open access journals see Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ

See Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ 

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If you have a question about a journal or publisher, contact us.

The Library’s UCD-OAF program can only offer reimbursement for APCs when you publish in fully open access journals (journals in which all articles are published open access).

We cannot reimburse you for a publication in a hybrid open access journal – where a publisher charges the Library for a subscription to access its non-open access articles, and then requires you to pay an APC on top of the fee we already pay in order to make your article open access. This is because the Library would be paying twice: once for the subscription, and again for your publishing in the journal. Unfortunately, we do not have funds to support double payments.

If you want to publish open access in a hybrid journal, the UC has been able to negotiate discounts off of many APCs through our membership and license agreements. For more information see our UC-wide list of publisher discounts. 

Step 1: Applicant Information

Apply online:

Supplying the following information:

  1. Author*
  2. UC Davis affiliation (e.g., faculty, post-doc, graduate student)*
  3. Author contact information*
  4. Campus department*
    Other authors
  5. Department financial contact information*
  6. Dept. State General Fund Account #(must be 19900 fund type)*
  7. Article title*
  8. Journal name*
  9. Publication status (in preparation, submitted, accepted)*
    Link to article



Step 2: Acceptance Letter

Once your article has been accepted for publication you will be eligible to receive the award.  To receive your funds you will need to provide a copy of your acceptance letter. You will be requested to e-mail an electronic copy to:


Step 3: Reimbursement

Once your acceptance letter has been received your funds will be provided via interdepartmental transfer to a Department State General 19900 Fund Account.  Our financial department will use the financial contact you provided in your application form.

Q: Is this related to the Open Access Policy for the University of California?

No, this is unrelated. This OA Fund will pay the costs of publishing new research in open access journals, and involves funds provided by the UC Davis University Library. The Open Access Policy is focused on open access archiving in eScholarship regardless of place of publication.

Q: Where is the money for the fund coming from?

The funds are from the UC Davis Library. We chose to support this alternative funding model, expecting to learn valuable information about the costs associated with the journal Article Processing Charge (APC) financial model.

Q: I want to publish an open access book — can this fund help?

The library runs a different fund — the TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) fund — to support OA monograph publishing. Click here to learn more.

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