Randall Library is pleased to announce a pilot program reimbursing UNCW researchers who have published in open access journals. The Open Access Publication Fund supports Randall Library's mission to cultivate "the open exchange of ideas" and is aligned with UNCW's strategic priority to promote "the free exchange of thoughts" and engagement with the community and the world. Further, the fund serves to enhance the visibility and impact of research and scholarship at UNCW.

This fund provides reimbursement to authors for payment of article processing charges (APCs). Applications for reimbursement (one article per year, up to $1500) must be submitted prior to or within 90 days of payment. All payments and receipts must be submitted prior to the fiscal year close in June 2021.

Please note that this is a pilot program. Future funding beyond fiscal year 2021 is contingent on available funding support.


  1. Author/applicant must be a current UNCW faculty member, staff member, or student.
    1. Student applicants must include a current UNCW faculty member in the author list.
  2. Research described in the article must have been conducted primarily while the author was employed by UNCW.
  3. The article must be accepted for publication to a reputable fully open access peer-reviewed journal that permits distribution and reuse of content.*
  4. Applicants who receive funding agree:
    1. to provide a public talk or other community-focused activity hosted by the library on the subject of the article.
    2. to provide a copy of the published article to Seahawk DOCKS, UNCW’s institutional repository.
    3. to deposit any data collected or generated from associated article into an open data repository unless reasoning is provided.
  5. Reimbursement will only provide funding towards required article processing charges (APCs).
  6. Funds are limited to up to $1,500 per article and one article per fiscal year per author. 
  7. Author/applicant(s) must not have alternate avenue(s) of external (e.g. NIH, NSF, Gates Foundation) or university funding support for publication.
  8. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered until funding is exhausted.

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*Journals must have a commitment to scholarly integrity. This may be demonstrated by inclusion in curated research databases (e.g. PsycInfo, Web of Science); the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ); membership in relevant publisher associations like Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE); or evidence that the publisher adheres to Code of Conducts guided by publisher associations.