Open Access Publishing Fund

George Mason University, through the University Libraries, will provide financial support to Mason scholars and researchers who wish to publish their work in open access (OA) journals. Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and registered graduate students are eligible to apply to Mason’s Open Access Publishing Fund (OAPF) for assistance with article processing fees required by some OA journals. Further information on eligibility can be found on the OAPF guidelines.  The library funds this program with $50,000.  Once the funds have been expended, we will curtail the program for the remainder of the fiscal year.

(1/7/2022) We have exhausted funding for this academic year and can accept no further applications for funding.

We will launch this popular program again this summer.   

Once an article has been accepted for publication in an open access journal, the author can complete the fund application form. Applicants will be notified of funding approval and payment will be made directly to the publisher. The OAPF will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, concluding for the fiscal year once all the funds have been awarded.


  • We do not fund 'hybrid' publications (wherein an author pays a fee to provide open access to an article in a fee-based, subscription journal) 
  • We only fund Mason-affiliated authors (3 of 5 Mason authors on a paper, we fund 3/5 of the publication charges up to our maximum contribution)  
  • Journal should be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals

For more information on the Open Access Publishing Fund, contact Emilie Algenio (ealgenio at gmu edu).