The Health Sciences Library’s Open Access Fund Pilot Program

Current Application Period: Now- April 22 2013

The University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Library (HSL) is a keen supporter of innovation in the scholarly communication marketplace; our faculty believes that it is essential to support alternatives.  Therefore we are launching a pilot program which is provided as a service to those affiliated with the Anschutz Medical Campus and for authors who do NOT have grant or other financial support for open access publication fees.  As the program is designed to support new publications in Open Access journals, awards will not be granted to articles already published. The pilot program will be assessed after a year to determine whether or not this program is a part of the solution in the volatile and changing world of scholarly communications.

The AMC HSL Open Access Fund Pilot Program is designed to promote an understanding and interest in the Open Access movement Many eligible journals can be found at the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  A fully Open Access journal is “…free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (Peter Suber, Open Access Overview ). PLoS or BMC journal submissions will automatically qualify for the OA Fund.  Other journals will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

In order to apply for Open Access Funding through the HSL, you must be able to answer “yes” to each of the following:

  1. Are you affiliated with the AMC?
  2. Are you applying for funds to help you underwrite article charges related to publishing your scholarly article in an open-access journal?  Note: The OA Fund is available only to applicants who do not have grant funding or financial support and must pay for publication charges out-of-pocket.
  3. Has your article been accepted for publication?

This Pilot Open Access fund is open to any member of the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus however funding priorities are as follows:
1. Students
2. Residents, Post-doctoral fellows

3. Any other affiliated persons

Any application that meets the requirements will be considered for funding on a first-come first-served basis within the above categories and evaluated by an Open Access committee composed of library staff.

If you are selected to receive support from the OA Fund you must also, submit your article to the AMC HSL’s Institutional Repository for inclusion, complete a short evaluation and provide a copy of invoice or receipt for paid publication fee.

The maximum dollar amount that the Open Access Fund will reimburse for any single article during the pilot program phase is $1,000, there will also be a maximum of one article per author per calendar year.

To apply, just submit the application via this link: and email ( a copy of the letter of acceptance from the journal.

Please refer to the  Open Access FAQ’s, or contact,,, or

[Jennifer Hicks, Student Assistant]