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Last year, the UC Merced Library helped nine faculty members publish articles in open access journals by paying the publication fees. Before the end of March, they hope to help a few more.

The Library’s Open Access Fund pilot program was established to support researchers interested in reshaping the current models of scholarly publishing by submitting their articles to open access journals. Thus far, UC Merced scholars have received more than $10,000 of financial support to publish in open access journals such as Biological Procedures Online, Optical Materials Express, PLoS One, and Nature Scientific Reports. Dr. David Ardell, a fund recipient from the School of Natural Sciences, is an enthusiastic advocate of this new publishing model and the support he received from the library. “Not having to buy journal subscriptions saves libraries money, so it makes lots of sense for part of the library budget to be directed to faculty to publish in open access journals… I hope that your program continues past its pilot.”

The pilot officially ends on March 31, 2014 or until funds are expended. UC Merced faculty, lecturers, and graduate students interested in receiving funds are urged to apply soon. Information on eligibility and guidelines for application are available on the library’s Open Access Fund web page.