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Open Access @ UC Davis


What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Some OA articles are published in open access journals. Others are published in traditional journals, and archived in open access repositories like eScholarship, SSRN, and arXiv.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.

Most discussion about OA focuses on articles, but there is an increasing movement toward OA in monographs, data, and other formats as well.



 Eligibility and Guidelines

Apply for Funds

Any questions, please contact


Thinking of publishing in an Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journal?
Contact Cory Craig, Chemistry Librarian, for more information.

Gold Open Access Inititive provides additional information.


UC Davis Open Access Fund

Advancing the Impact of UC Davis Research


The UC Davis Open Access Fund supports UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals  (journals in which all articles are published open access)

UCD-OAF subsidizes, in various degrees, fees charged to authors who select open access.

See  Directory of Open Access Journals, DOAJ


Fund Description

Begun in October 2012 as a pilot, the open access fund subsidizes reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.

UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students are eligible to apply for funds. The fund will pay up to $1000 per article in a fully open access journal and has a cap of one article per author per year.  See the tab on "Eligibility and Guidelines" for more information.

With initial funding from CDL, the UC Davis University Library has continued to provide the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing. The University Library tracks how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the fund continues to be evaluated. The chief goals include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars and encouraging author control of copyright.

Authors can apply for funds using the online application form available on the "Apply for funds" tab.


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