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.
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.
Establishment of the $25,000 fund is in direct response to Mason faculty interest in open access journal publishing. Individuals may request up to certain amount per fiscal year, with funds pro-rated for multi-authored articles accepted for publication in an OA journal. The purpose is to assist as many Mason faculty and graduate students as possible.