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Libraries’ Open Access Publishing Fund Seeks to Make UMD Research Available to Public

By Maryland Today Staff

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Illustration and infographic by Valerie Morgan

UMD Libraries is celebrating International Open Access Week by highlighting its Open Access Publishing Fund, which helps cover researchers' costs to publish their work in open-access journals.

From climate change to child development to quantum technology, University of Maryland researchers tackle a universe of subjects in their studies. But how can they make sure their work is actually seen and makes an impact in the world of academia and beyond?

International Open Access Week, a global initiative that advocates making research freely available to the public online, runs today through Sunday with the theme “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.” To celebrate the event, established by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), UMD Libraries is highlighting its Open Access Publishing Fund.

“We’re looking for access for all,” said Terry M. Owen, digital scholarship librarian. “It makes it so there’s no information behind a paywall. From an author’s standpoint, (the research) also reaches a wider audience and generates more impact.”

The fund provides grants subsidizing half of scholars’ costs to publish their research in open-access journals. Any UMD faculty member, postdoctoral researcher or student whose article has been accepted can apply.

“The availability of funds from the library to help offset open-access charges, which can be substantial for some high-profile journals, has been very helpful, especially for graduate students,” said biology Professor Gerald S. Wilkinson, associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.

In honor of the push for freely flowing information, here are some fast facts about the fund:

Opening Doors—and Pages: Open Access Publishing Fund. Covers 50% of publishing cost. Launched in 2013. 162 articles funded. $190,000 awarded since 2013. $28,000 awarded per year (average)

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