Open Access Publishing Fund FAQs

U of I - OAPF Basics

The U of I - OAPF supports U of I authors in their efforts to publish in open access journals by paying article processing charges (APCs).
During the first three years (FY 2019, FY 2020, and FY 2021), the U of I Library, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Economic Development have allocated a combined total of $30,000.00 each fiscal year, totalling $90,000.00.
The fund is administered by a small group of people contributing a percentage of their time, centered in the U of I Library, with three main roles: OAPF Fund Manager, Fiscal Officer, and Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from the Library Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate. Additional support comes from liaison librarians as part of their conventional duties to their colleges.
An open access fund enacts the vision and land-grant mission of the U of I by making the innovative research conducted at the University as widely and easily accessible as possible. In turn, this accessibility is a catalyst for increased impact and visibility of University throughout the state, nation, and beyond. The U of I - OAPF also connects to Goal 1 - Innovate and Goal 2 - Engage in the Strategic Plan.
Yes, many other colleges and university have open access publishing funds. Visit the OA Publication Funds wiki to learn more about publishing funds in the United States and around the world.
Yes, a publicly available annual report will document all fund outcomes and metrics.


The fund will cover a maximum of $2,000.00 per article. The article maximum is prorated per University of Idaho author by dividing the article processing charges (APCs) by the number of U of I authors. Each eligible U of I author can receive up to the prorated portion of the APC (subject to their individual author cap), while the prorated portion for non-U of I authors is not eligible for funding. For example, if an article had two eligible U of I authors and one non-U of I author, the proration would be $2,000 / 2 U of I authors = up to $1,000 per U of I author.
Yes, the funding cap is $2,000.00 per article and $3,000.00 per author/year. Based on funding availability, authors may apply for funding multiple times until their cap is met, funds are exhausted, or the fiscal year ends.
Yes, we strongly encourage researchers to request funding for open access publications from their funding agency if they can do so. Priority will be given to applications without other sources of funding available.
Not at this time. Other open access publication types, such as books, book chapters, and conference proceedings may be supported in the future.

Procedures and Process

When applications are received, the OAPF Fund Manager will use a standard rubric to evaluate applications against the eligibility criteria and approve or reject funding requests. The OAPF Fund Manager will then share funding decisions and a copy of the rubric with applicants via email.
Upon preliminary funding approval, the funded applicant will email the official invoice issued by the publisher (and receipt if a payment was made out-of-pocket) directly to the OAPF Fund Manager and the Library’s Fiscal Officer. The U of I - OAPF prefers to pay journals directly, thus minimizing out-of-pocket cost to the authors. However, in the case of publication deadlines, authors may opt to be reimbursed with proper documentation of the payment. Other possible payment options will be reviewed as needed, e.g paying out of departments with intra-institutional account transfers.

Open Access Basics

Open access (OA) models of publication provide readers with “free, immediate, online” access to content, such as scholarly research articles (SPARC, 2018). OA removes price barriers for readers and is compatible with peer review, copyright, preservation, and other qualities associated with traditional models of scholarly publication.
A hybrid journal is a toll-access journal that makes certain articles freely available under open licenses.
Yes, open access journals are compatible with peer-review. The U of I - OAPF only accepts applications for articles that are published in peer-reviewed open access journals.
In addition to publishing in open access journals, there are other ways for U of I researchers to make their work freely available to readers. Authors often have the right to place specific versions of their articles in disciplinary repositories or institutional repositories, such as the U of I institutional repository. However, the scope of these rights is determined by publication agreements.