Past Activities

Open Access Publishing Support Fund discontinued after January 31, 2014

In 2007 the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries established an open access publishing fund, committing up to $50,000 in seed money to support the ability of UW faculty and researchers to participate more fully in the scholarly publication process.

The intention of the fund was to promote awareness of open access publishing models, and to enable campus faculty and researchers to test the open access waters in the hope that their contributions to important open access publications would help pave the way for new models of scholarly publishing.

At the time the fund was created, the concept of open access publishing was new and untested. Presently, there are more than 9,900 open access journal titles in publication, providing free access to more than 1.5 million articles from scholars and researchers around the globe.

As of January 31, 2014, the Libraries have discontinued direct support to individuals publishing in open access publications, as the funds made available for this initiative have been encumbered. Our modest investment has contributed to the growth of open access publishing and UW-Madison faculty and researchers are well represented in a great many open access publications.

The Libraries will continue to advocate for open access to scholarly resources and to explore business models that facilitate the continuous, free, dissemination of an author’s research to an international audience of scientists, researchers, faculty, and other interested parties.

For more information about the the Libraries’ role in scholarly publishing efforts, please contact Carrie Nelson.