Established in 2018, the Franklin & Marshall College Open Access Publishing Fund supports F&M professors who decide to publish their research in fully open access (OA), peer-reviewed journals. By reimbursing authors for the charges usually associated with OA publishing, the Fund enables F&M scholarship to be freely accessed by students and researchers around the world. The Fund is managed in accordance with the principles of the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity, the University of California’s Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication, and Plan-S.
“The fundamental goal of any open-access fund is to support publication models that enable free, immediate, online distribution of, and access to, scholarly research. By setting aside resources for the express purpose of encouraging authors to publish in open-access journals, open-access funds demonstrate an institution’s concrete support for reshaping the economics of scholarly communication.”
SPARC, Practical Guide to Designing and Implementing an OA Fund
Tenured and tenure-track faculty
Article accepted for publication in an eligible journal
Preference given to applicants who can secure matching funds
Scholarly and peer-reviewed
Fully open access (“hybrid” journals, in which only some articles are open, are ineligible)
Listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals
Allows authors to retain their copyright (standard practice for fully OA journals)
Member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association
Transparent fee structure for OA charges
Applicants should complete the request form after their publications are accepted. All applicants will receive an email confirming their information has been received and is under review. The Scholarly Communications Librarian and College Librarian will review the applications, which are decided upon in collaboration with an Associate Dean of the Faculty. Applicants will receive notice from the College Library within 10 business days of submission.