Open-access (OA) publishing for research articles is growing in popularity; OA publications have more than doubled in the past 5 years as more faculty wish to maximize the accessibility of their work. Many OA journals are highly regarded by researchers and have high impact factors. At CSULB, OA publications currently account for 10% of annual faculty publications, and the proportion aligns with the global trend: 13% of all 2017 publications on Web of Science were OA. OA publishing, thus, represents a small but growing proportion of our university’s publications. As more and more faculty choose OA publishing, it will become an important means of promotion for CSULB. OA publishing fees range up to $5,000, and can be prohibitively expensive for some faculty. Given the promotional benefits, it seems prudent for the University in general and ORSP in particular to develop a process to assist faculty whose work is accepted for publication in OA journals. The following is a pilot program for ORSP support of OA publishing by CSULB faculty.
- ORSP will allocate $20,000 in FY2019 to support research publications by CSULB faculty. All tenured and probationary faculty and full-time lecturers may apply for ORSP money to fund publication of their work. These individuals may request funding for half the amount of open-access publishing fees, up to a $2,000-limit (the limit applies to the manuscript; manuscripts co-authored by multiple CSULB researchers cannot be the subject of multiple requests for funding). Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated 3 times a year: November evaluation of all requests received July-October; March evaluation of all requests received November-February; and July evaluation of all requests received March-June. About $7,000 will be awarded for each period. This schedule is a pilot and will be used to determine the best timing for evaluating requests and best amounts to be allocated at each evaluation. ORSP will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2019, and the first review will occur in November 2019. Apply on Info-Ready
- Requests for funding can be made after an article is accepted for publication and up to 2 months after the article is published. Requests are made by completing the InfoReady form.
- Requests for funding for OA publishing will be evaluated by the University Research Advisory Committee (URAC) who will make funding recommendations to the AVP Research & Sponsored Programs. Priorities include (not in ranked order):
- The journal has a high impact factor or is otherwise highly respected
- The article is co-authored by CSULB students
- The requestor is a probationary faculty member
- The requestor has not received ORSP funds for publishing in the past year