Libraries Provide Funding for Open Access Publishing | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst
"The Libraries have established a new fund to support open access publication of UMass Amherst peer-reviewed scholarship. A pilot program will make $25,000 in total available to UMass Amherst authors of articles and monographs. The Supporting Open Access Research (SOAR) Fund underwrites reasonable publication charges for articles published in peer-reviewed journals that are openly accessible. Open access funding is an intervention into the economics of the scholarly communication system, internalizing the costs of access to research. It shifts the payment from the end user to an anticipated expense of disseminating the fruits of research ... The SOAR Fund is calibrated to select for research publications that are ethical, of high scholarly caliber, and financially transparent, while supporting researchers who do not yet have their own funding. Research must be made immediately open access, not delayed by any embargoes, and must be published only in wholly open access journals or monographs, not 'hybrid' fee-based journals. Each publication will be included in the ScholarWorks repository, ensuring its long-term preservation and access ..."