Date:   January 15, 2013

To:     All UF Graduate Students, Coordinators and Staff

From:   UF George A. Smathers Libraries

RE:     UF Open Access Publishing Fund Fully Expended

As of January 15, 2013, the University of Florida Open Access Publishing Fund (UFOAP) has been fully expended, and any additional applications will not be accepted at this time. Continuation of the UFOAP in the future depends upon the verbal support and financial commitment of all UF academic units. UFOAP recipients and open access supporters across campus are urged to contact their department chairs and college deans to share thoughts about the importance of the UFOAP and open access at UF.

The UFOAP was launched on July 1, 2010 as a two year pilot project to support UF faculty, post-doctoral researchers, staff and students in their open access (OA) publishing endeavors by paying reasonable article-processing fees charged by open access journals when funds were not available from other sources. The UFOAP was initially funded by the Provost with $120,000. The Fund was continued in 2012 with the generous commitment of funding by the Provost in the amount of $75,000.

The UF George A. Smathers Libraries continue to encourage faculty to consider Open Access (OA) when publishing their scholarly works. Recent studies show that OA benefits the author because articles published online are made available much faster than those in traditional proprietary journals, thereby giving their research timely visibility, higher citation rates and greater overall impact. For more information on Open Access, please visit the Open Access LibGuide webpage online at  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Christine Fruin at [log in to unmask] or at (352) 273-2710.