Financial support for open access publishing

The University of Ottawa Library offers financial support for open access publishing:

  • Through negotiated agreements that provide discounts on open access fees.
    • Check the Discounts with publishers section of this page to verify if your publisher is covered.
  • Through a direct financial support for open access publishing fees.
    • Authors can apply to the Library Shared Support Fund for financial assistance, details below.
  • Through campus partnerships and external memberships that support infrastructure for different models of open access publishing.
    • See the Library support for open access section below to learn how the Library is committed to supporting no-fee open access publishing. Get in touch with us if you have an open access initiative to suggest.

Eligibility

Faculty members, staff, current graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and adjunct professors affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

Researchers working for University of Ottawa Research Centres and Institutes and Affiliated Research Institutes.

To be eligible for funding support the uOttawa or affiliated researcher must be the corresponding author.

Availability of funds

Discounts and shared financial support options are subject to change and availability of funds.

COVID-19

The University of Ottawa Library offers increased support for research published related to COVID-19. 

Articles submitted before December 31, 2021 that deal significantly with COVID-19 published in fully open access journals are eligible for a 75% reimbursement.

If you believe that your paper may qualify for this additional support, please email cssc@uottawa.ca.

Discounts with publishers

You must identify yourself as affiliated with the University of Ottawa at the time of submission to receive the discounts listed below. 

Eligibility dates may vary between publishers. These reflect dates on which memberships were activated.

American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Discount: $250 USD
  • Eligibility date: Between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2021 
  • Additional information: 
BioMed Central / Springer Open / Chemistry Central
  • Discount: 65%  
  • Eligibility date: On or after May 1st, 2018 
  • Additional information: 
    • At the time of submission, corresponding authors must identify themselves as affiliated with the University of Ottawa in order to receive the discount
    • The Library will confirm authors' affiliation and the discount will be applied at the time of invoicing 
    • Authors are responsible for paying the outstanding balance to the publisher 
Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Discount: 20%
  • Eligibility date: Between January 1st, 2019 and December 31st, 2021
  • Additional information:
Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)
  • Discount: 50% on all hybrid journals except agricultural journals (Canadian Journal of Agricultural Science, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, and Canadian Journal of Plant Science) 
  • Eligibility date: Between January 1st, 2014 and December 31st, 2021
  • Additional information:
    • When submitting to Canadian Science Publishing, corresponding authors must identify themselves as affiliated with the University of Ottawa in order to receive the discount
    • This discount is available through a negotiated agreement with Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). Journals under this agreement are not eligible for the Library shared support
Elsevier
  • Discount: 20%
  • Eligibility date: Between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2023
  • Additional information:
Frontiers
  • Discount: 50%
  • Eligibility date: On or after May 1st, 2018 
  • Additional information:
    • Under the Authors details section of the submission form, corresponding authors must identify themselves as affiliated with the University of Ottawa in order to receive the discount 
    • The Library will confirm authors' affiliation and the discount will be applied at the time of invoicing
    • Authors are responsible for paying the outstanding balance to the publisher
MDPI
  • Discount: 10% 
  • Eligibility date: On or after May 1st, 2018 
  • Additional information:
    • Authors may also apply for the Library shared support if eligible 
PeerJ
  • Deal: A funded Three-Year (Limited Term) Basic Membership which allows authors to publish up to three articles at no cost at any time within the three-year period 
  • Eligibility date: On or after February 1st, 2021
  • Procedure for activating the membership: When submitting your article, use your @uottawa.ca email address. If you don’t have one, please contact the Scholarly Communication Librarian
  • Additional information:  
    • All co-authors on a paper must have a valid PeerJ membership 
    • All non-affiliated authors must obtain their own memberships as per PeerJ’s prevailing model and pricing 
    • Any members who hold lifetime memberships are unaffected by this new agreement. The lifetime memberships are still valid and allow authors to publish one PeerJ article every year at no cost.  
PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology
  • Discount: 100%  
  • Eligibility date: On or after January 1st, 2021 
  • Additional information:
    • This discount applies to both corresponding and contributing authors affiliated with the University of Ottawa 
SAGE
  • Discount:
  • Eligibility date: On or after January 1st, 2021
  • Additional information:
    • When submitting through the SAGE Open Access Portal (SOAP), corresponding authors must identify themselves as affiliated with the University of Ottawa in order to receive the discount
    • This discount is available through a negotiated agreement with Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). Authors may also apply for the Library shared support if eligible 
Taylor & Francis
  • Discount: 25%
  • Eligibility date: On or after January 1st, 2021 
  • Eligible journals: T&F Open Select journals
  • Additional information:

Library shared support

Journal admissibility criteria

Coverage

  • We are currently accepting manuscripts submitted as of May 1st of the current fiscal year.
  • 50% of the open access publishing fee paid by the author as a reimbursement.
  • The fund only covers the costs associated with open access publishing. Costs for reprints, submission fees, colour illustration fees, page charges, administrative charges, and other fees are not applicable.

Application and reimbursement process

  • Authors should complete the application form at the time of article submission to the publisher.
  • Applicants will normally receive an email approving or denying their funding request, with reasons therefore, within 5 business days.
  • Approved applicants will receive details of the documentation required for reimbursement.
  • It is the author’s responsibility to pay the publisher invoice in its entirety and submit the required documentation to receive the funding.

Additional information

  • Authors must first use funds received through research grants that are intended to cover publication or submission fees.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse applications in which the publisher is deemed predatory. See criteria on deceptive publishers for more information.

Other funding opportunities

Researchers may be eligible for further publication funding support from the following programs. Note that eligibility, terms and conditions vary from the Library's programs. Researchers should verify the criteria of each and inquire with the funding program administrator for any questions regarding eligibility and terms. 

Office of International Research

International Publication Support Program

The International Publication Support Program (IPSP) provides support to offset the publication costs generated by research collaborations with international partners.

Faculty of Health Sciences

Open Access Publishing

The Faculty of Health Sciences will provide, on a competitive basis, financial assistance to support publications of quality academic manuscripts in open access journals. Faculty financial assistance is meant to cover only a portion of the cost of the open access publication.

Library support for open access

In addition to direct financial support for uOttawa researchers, the library invests in the various open access initiatives listed here that benefit the global research community.

If you have an open access initiative to suggest, please contact us.

Coalition Publi.ca

Érudit is a platform that supports Social Science and Humanities (SSH) journals in Canada and internationally. In 2017, Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) formed a strategic partnership to create Coalition Publi.ca.

The goal of Coalition Publi.ca is to provide an open, non-commercial, independent production and dissemination infrastructure for Canadian scholarly SSH journals, based on a business partnership model with shared governance and continuous financial support for open access dissemination.

There are approximately 120 journals currently involved in the project with an embargo period of 12 months, down from 24 months in 2014. The intent of the project is to move to fully open access in the future. Through its membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the University of Ottawa Library has continually supported this initiative since 2014, and has committed to the next phase of the project, which will run from 2018 to 2022.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

As a member of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Library supports the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ is an indexing service that aims to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage, and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language. 

DuraSpace

DuraSpace is an independent not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. DuraSpace supports the success, sustainability, and development of open source projects, including DSpace, the infrastructure that supports uO Research, the University of Ottawa’s institutional repository.

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched is a not-for-profit initiative based in the UK that makes scholarly content freely available through collective library funding. A selection committee vets titles from publishers and then these titles are presented to libraries to “unlatch”. If the funding goal is reached, these titles then become openly available as digital versions, democratizing access to knowledge on a global basis. Over 2,500 books and journals have already been “unlatched” and are freely available online. 

Open Book Publishers

The Library subscribes to an annual membership to Open Book Publishers (OPB), a non-profit organization established by academics in Cambridge (UK) to publish rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access monographs.

To date, Open Book Publishers has published 225 titles in the humanities and social sciences.

OpenEdition Books

OpenEdition is a platform for books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. The majority of their titles are French-language and more than half of these titles are available in open access. The Library provides annual support to their “Freemium” program, which funds their open access model.

Open Library of Humanities

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a peer-reviewed, multilingual academic journal and books platform for the humanities. Nearly 200 libraries internationally contribute to cover the costs of publication for authors. The unique publishing model of OLH gives authors no-fee access to a platform with many benefits including professional presentation, annotative functionality, robust digital preservation, increased discoverability, and social media sharing functions.

ORCID

ORCID is an international non-profit organization with a vision of uniquely identifying researchers and seamlessly connecting them to their professional activities.

ORCID is best known for its ORCID iD, a unique digital identifier for researchers that ensures proper attribution of works and helps increase discoverability of research output, among other benefits.

As a member of the ORCID’s Canadian consortium, the Library has been working on increasing awareness of ORCID and its identifier to the university community, along with integrating the ORCID iD into systems used across campus, including Open Journal Systems (OJS).

Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

The Library actively supports the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a multi-university initiative developing open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing. PKP is a non-profit research initiative that focuses on making the results of publicly funded research freely available through open access policies and on developing software solutions and strategies to make this possible. Open source software developed by PKP includes Open Journal Systems (OJS), which the Library uses for our journal hosting and publishing support

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

The Library is a member of SPARC, an international organization that “works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.” Through collaborations with authors, publishers, libraries, students, funders, policymakers, and the public, SPARC promotes the changes to both infrastructure and culture needed to make open the default for research and education.

Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing (SCOAP3)

Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access in Particle Physics Publishing (SCOAP3) is an open access initiative that is made possible by the collaboration of libraries, funding agencies and research centres across the globe. Through their work with publishers, SCOAP3 strives to democratize scientific research by eliminating costs for authors and reducing subscription fees for libraries.

Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS)

Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) supports open science infrastructure on a global scale.

SCOSS identifies and recommends non-profit open access services to its community partners who in turn provide funding support on a collaborative basis.

University of Ottawa Press

The University of Ottawa Library and the University of Ottawa Press (UOP) have a funding agreement to support the free online availability of selected titles published by UOP. The Library provides financial support to help cover the costs of publishing four new books per year in open access with Creative Commons licenses. Since the beginning of the partnership in 2012, 18 books have been published in this way, and 69 backlisted books have been made available in open access, for a total of 87 books, or 14% of the Press’ catalogue. The open access versions are made available through uO Research, and are archived in perpetuity on Scholars Portal. Visit the UOP's website to see the list of open access titles.

A history of financial support for open access publishing

As a leader in open access in Canada, the University of Ottawa has a strong record of supporting open access initiatives.

From 2010 to 2014, the Library managed the University’s Open Access Author Fund to support researchers publishing in open access. Over the course of its existence, it funded over 500 articles by 350 authors with money provided by the central administration and substantial additional financial support from the Library’s collections budget. 

Given that the effective date of the Tri-Agency OA Policy coincided with the beginning of our 2014-2015 fiscal year, the University took the opportunity to refocus and renew its commitment to OA in a responsible and ultimately more sustainable manner. Hence, uOttawa discontinued the Author Fund and redeployed over $100,000 to support the various strategic memberships and open access initiatives listed on this page. 

Related links

Open Access Initiatives

The Library seeks to support a variety of initiatives that advance no-fee open access publishing. 

If you have an open access membership or initiative you would like us to consider, please send us an email at cssc[@]uottawa[.]ca

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