OA Support at Tufts

Open Access Publishing Faculty Support

The Tufts Digital Library supports deposit of faculty publications for open access. Find out more here.  In addition, Tufts provides the following open access funding opportunities:

School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering

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, complete the FRAC Open Access Publishing Application.

Friedman School of Nutrition

The Office of Faculty Affairs has initiated a pilot program offering faculty development funds for open accessing publishing and conference support.  Faculty and postdoctoral scholars at the Friedman School of Nutrition are eligible.  To apply, please complete the faculty development funds application.

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 access, peer-reviewed journals. Articles with faculty co-authors should look to the Faculty Research Award Committee (FRAC) for funding opportunities first.  Check out more information on how to apply for the Tisch Library Graduate Student Open Access Fund.

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 – $3,000
      • 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

Open Access to Published Scholarship

Many publishers now allow authors to deposit a version of their article into institutional repositories like the Tufts Digital Library so that it is openly available. Find out more here.

Other Open Access Projects

The Libraries provide support for several additional open access projects

    • Mass digitization projects such as Hathi Trust and the Internet Archive
    • DOAJ.org – the Directory of Open Access Journals, an index of open access journals
    • Open Textbook Network – advocacy group in support of the creation and adoption of open textbooks (as members of the Boston Library Consortium)
    • 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
    • arXiv.org –  open access pre-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
    • Knowledge Unlatched – a pilot project to make high-quality scholarly books open access upon publication
    • Independent Voices – a crowd-funded project to digitize and make openly available to the world (after an embargo) magazines, journals, newsletters, and newspapers of alternative presses from the 1960’s to the 1980’s
    • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (as members of the Boston Library Consortium)
    • Luminos – as Courier supporters, Tufts faculty receive a 10% discount on the title publication fee at this open access book project from the University of California Press
    • Open Library of Humanities – a platform for open access humanities journals that do not charge article-processing fees

 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.