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Open Access Fund

Library Open Access Fund

About the Fund

The MRU Library is excited to offer an Open Access Fund. This initiative supports our authors in the open dissemination of their research by reimbursing eligible open access fees related to publishing in an open access publication.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have set aside $15,000 (CDN) for the 2017/18 fiscal year to reimburse authors.
The Fund uses several eligibility criteria based on best practices. Please review the eligibility requirements for more information.
The Fund has a strict cap of $3,000 (CDN) per individual per year. This could be for one publication or multiple publications, the total over the year remains $3,000. See here for more details on the limits.
The quick answer is maybe. We recognize and encourage the development of OA research publications in a wide variety of formats beyond the traditional journal article. Currently we are primarily supporting reimbursements for journal articles, but will consider other formats on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us.
Please use the electronic application form to apply.
We welcome any questions and are happy to assist you with any part of the process. Please use the contact information found here to get in touch with us.
Yes! MRU Library is part of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and thanks to their work MRU authors receive the following discounts. NOTE: Authors must self-identify as being affiliated with a CRKN institution to qualify.
  • SAGE: 40% off normal rates for article processing charges (APCs)
  • NRC Research Press: reduced flat fee of $1,500 (USD) (normally $3,000)
Many universities in Canada and around the world also offer an open sccess fund in support of their local researchers. For examples, please see the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) curated list showing OA funds in action (last updated Jan. 2017).

Criteria for Applicants

In the pilot phase the Fund will only accept applications from the primary author (e.g., lead, first-named, or corresponding), who will take responsibility for submitting the grant request and receiving reimbursement. This author must be affiliated with MRU as a:

  • Tenured, tenurable, or contract faculty member
  • Full-time administrator or staff member
  • Undergraduate student

Your co-authors do not have to be affiliated with MRU.

In the event that you project has existing research funding, the request must be accompanied by a declaration that the open access APCs have not already been covered by the grant or are ineligible under the grant.

Criteria for the Publication

In the pilot phase the Fund will only accept applications from the primary author (e.g., lead, first-named, or corresponding), who will take responsibility for submitting the grant request and receiving reimbursement. This author must be affiliated with MRU as a:

  • Tenured, tenurable, or contract faculty member
  • Full-time administrator or staff member
  • Undergraduate student

Your co-authors do not have to be affiliated with MRU.

In the event that you project has existing research funding, the request must be accompanied by a declaration that the open access APCs have not already been covered by the grant or are ineligible under the grant.

Reimbursement Limits

To help the fund reach a broad audience and to ensure timely processing:

  • Reimbursement grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Total reimbursement is capped at $3,000 (CDN) per individual per year (July-June)
    • There is no limit on the number of applications, the maximum is $3,000 total

To qualify for reimbursement the applicant must submit a paid invoice/receipt. The Library will reimburse accepted applicants in a timely manner using established internal processes.

Mandatory Deposit in the IR

Authors who accept their awarded grant under this fund must deposit a version of their research, along with appropriate supporting data, in the Mount Royal University Institutional Repository (MRUIR). The Library is prepared to assist with this process. In the case of publisher embargo, the manuscript should still be deposited as soon as possible with the appropriate repository embargo provisions in place.

Exceptions

To ensure the fund is used appropriately, the following are ineligible for reimbursement:

  • page charges unrelated to making the publication open access
  • submission, administrative, or subscription fees
  • reprint or illustration fees
  • fees for purchasing third-party copyright permissions
  • OA APCs that have already been reimbursed by an existing grant
  • manuscripts to be published by journals/publishers known or suspected to practice predatory or other questionable publishing practices (as determined at the discretion of the Digital Initiatives Librarian or the Library Collections Manager) 
  • applications for or articles published in previous fiscal years

Online Application

Once you've reviewed the eligibility criteria and are ready to apply, please access the electronic application form using the link below.

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After you Apply

Once submitted, your electronic application will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria. We are committed to reviewing all applications carefully but also in a timely manner so that you are not left waiting. For more details please contact us.

For More Information

We're happy to assist with the application process or answer any questions or concerns you might have regarding the OA Fund, open access, or scholarly publishing in general.

Richard Hayman, Digital Initiatives Librarian

Dianne Keeping, Library Collections Manager

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