MSD Open and Equitable Publishing Fund

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Fund status: Forthcoming

The Bodleian Libraries, in partnership with the Medical Sciences Division, is piloting a publishing fund for unfunded Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate students to publish their first paper via the Gold Open Access route. The primary purpose of the scheme is to increase the opportunities for unfunded authors to engage in OA publishing. It will also indicate the demand for such a facility and guide the planning / resourcing of support in future years.

The criteria for the scheme are as follows:

  • Eligible authors are ECRs or PGs in MSD, who have not previously had a paper published in an academic journal.
  • The author must be the corresponding (lead) author on the paper and the article must be accepted for publication by a publisher.
  • Authors are required to confirm there are no alternate sources of funding available to them (e.g. MSD or Wellcome Trust funding from centres, co-authors or departments) before applying for this fund.

  • Only OA charges are eligible. No extra charges (e.g. extra page, colour charges) will be covered.
  • The article must be published in a pure OA journal outside a Transformative Agreement (‘Read and Publish’ deal) and listed in DOAJ. ‘Transformative Journals’ are not eligible.
  • The article must be published CC BY
  • The Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) must be deposited in EPMC upon publication and in ORA within 3 months of publication.

  • Authors should submit an ‘MSD OA pilot fund’ application form to the APC Team (forthcoming) and must have confirmation from the APC Team that funds are reserved before committing to payment of OA invoice.

Eligibility to use the fund does not guarantee that there is money available in the fund to pay for an APC. Funds are spent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and support for open access costs for an individual article can only be confirmed once the team receive an application form and it has been processed.

Successful authors will be asked to provide a brief statement on their experience, which will be used in evaluating the success of the pilot.

We warmly welcome applications from members of the University who identify with groups that have been historically excluded from medical sciences and related fields (e.g. women, people of colour and/or from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community).