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Library Open Access 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 2018/19 fiscal year to reimburse authors.
The Fund uses several eligibility criteria based on best practices. Please review the eligibility requirements section 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 the other requirements section for more details on reimbursement 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 section to find out how to get in touch with us.
Yes, we will reimburse fees if they fall within the current fiscal year that runs from July-June. For example, if you paid eligible fees in August, you have until the following June to submit an application. You must still apply using the electronic application and meet all of the eligibility criteria.
Yes! MRU authors can take advantage of the following article processing charge (APC) discounts:
  • Cambridge University Press: 20% discount off normal APCs
  • MDPI: 10% discount off normal APCs
  • NRC Research Press: reduced flat fee of $1,500 USD (normally $3,000)
  • SAGE: 40% discount off normal APCs
You may need to self-identify as belonging to a Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) institution to qualify for these following discounts. Please contact us for more information.
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 Nov. 2018).

Eligibility Requirements

Criteria for Applicants

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 your 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

The Fund will reimburse article open access (OA) processing charges (APCs) for article manuscripts accepted to be published in peer-reviewed journals. The journal must:

  • Use a full open access publishing model
  • Be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Make their OA fees publicly available on their website
  • Make the open access version immediately available upon publication

Other Requirements

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 in the Mount Royal University Institutional Repository (MRUIR). Authors are also encouraged to consider depositing appropriate supporting data in the 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.

Apply Now

Online Application

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

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 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, Librarian

Library Collections Manager