OA Support at Tufts

Open Access Publishing Faculty Support

The Committee on Faculty Research Awards has expanded their support of faculty research in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering to include open access publishing charges.  To apply for funding, please complete the FRAC Application and select “OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING” as the award request.  Faculty in other Tufts schools are encouraged to talk to their deans about funding support possibilities.

Tisch Library Graduate Student Open Access Fund

Funds are available for awards of up to $3,000 to support Arts, Science, and Engineering graduate student authored articles in open source, peer-reviewed journals. This fund is available through the Tisch Library and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; articles with faculty involvement or co-authorship may apply to the Faculty Research Award Committee (FRAC) for funding opportunities.

The application will open on October 15, and students may submit applications online. More information, including a link to the application form, is forthcoming. Please note, this fund will only cover article processing fees.

Contact Laura Walters at laura.walters@tufts.edu with questions.

Open Access Journal Memberships

The Tufts Libraries pay membership fees for the following journals in order to provide article processing charge (APC) discounts to Tufts authors for open access publishing:

    • BioMed Central – receive a 15% discount on APCs that range between $1,710 – $2,380
      • also includes Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen journals
      • not applicable to Tufts Medical Center staff without faculty appointments or other affiliations at Tufts University
    • Nucleic Acids Research – receive a 50% discount on the $2,770 APC
    • RSC Gold – Tufts authors can publish a discrete number of papers OA in Royal Chemistry Society journals per year
      • Contact Laura Walters for the voucher code after your article has been accepted

Other Open Access Projects

The Libraries provide support for several additional open access projects

    • SCOAP3 – a collaboration between libraries, publishers, and funding bodies to convert several of the most prestigious journals in high energy physics from subscription to open access
    • Knowledge Unlatched – a pilot project to make high-quality scholarly books open access upon publication
    • Mass digitization projects such as Hathi Trust and the Internet Archive
    • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (as members of the Boston Library Consortium)

Provost’s Open Access Fund (2011-2013)

A pilot program supported by the Office of the Provost, the Provost’s Open Access Fund (POAF) successfully educated Tufts faculty across the university about open access and supported open access publication and digitization of their scholarship.

The pilot is complete.  During its two plus active years the fund supported nearly 100 Tufts authors and provided over $50,000 in funding.  Find out more about Fund Recipients.