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
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:
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.
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:
To help the fund reach a broad audience and to ensure timely processing:
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.
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.
To ensure the fund is used appropriately, the following are ineligible for reimbursement:
Once you've reviewed the eligibility criteria and are ready to apply, please access the electronic application form using the link below.
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.
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