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Open Access: TAMU-CC Open Access Publication Fund

This guide provides guidance on open access scholarly publishing for all researchers.

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Open Access Publication Fund Annual Reports

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Application for the Open Access Publication Fund

As of May 5th 2023, the Open Access Publication Fund is almost completely depleted. Please contact for information on potential partial APC funding.


We are pleased to announce that the Open Access Publication Fund is accepting applications for FY 2022-2023.

Thanks to the generous support of our funding partners, this year we have $48,000 to support TAMU-CC authors publish their work through gold open access. 

For 2022-2023, we have made a few policy changes regarding the Open Access Publication Fund. These changes are as follows: 

  • Faculty may now apply for funding at the time that they submit their article to a journal, rather than at the time of acceptance. 
  • If an article is declined from the journal to which it was submitted (and funding was requested based on that journal's APC), the author must reapply for funding when resubmitting to another journal. 
  • Faculty may only apply for funding once per quarter, and only if they have no other articles pending acceptance for publication. 
  • Funding is only guaranteed for the fiscal year (September 1-August 31). If an author applies for funding and is not invoiced by the end of the fiscal year, they must reapply for funding in the new fiscal year. 

To read more about these policy changes, please see the Open Access Publication Fund Annual Report: 2021-2022. Please contact with any questions or concerns.  

TAMU-CC Open Access Publication Fund

TAMU-CC Open Access Publication Fund

About the Open Access Publication Fund

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library, the Division of Research and Innovation, and the Office of the Provost are proud to support Open Access (OA) through the Open Access Publication Fund. The purpose of the fund is to underwrite publication charges for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and books published in fully Open Access publications.
Through the Open Access Publication Fund, TAMU-CC joins many other public universities in their commitment to Open Access initiatives. Read more about the Open Access Publication Fund Goals.

FY 2022/2023 Funds

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Status
Total Funds
Funding provider
Faculty and full-time researchers $48,000

Mary and Jeff Bell Library, 

Research and Innovation,

and Office of the Provost

Open Access Publication Fund Application

To be eligible for funding, you must be able to answer yes to the following questions:
  1. Are you a Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi faculty member or full-time researcher? Read more about Author Eligibility
  2. Is the work a peer-reviewed journal article, book chapter, or book?
  3. Has the work been submitted for publication to a fully open access publisher at this time?
  4. Will the work be Open Access immediately upon publication?
  5. Does the publication venue (for journals or books) provide Open Access to all peer reviewed contributions? Read more about Publication Eligibility 
  6. Will approved funds be used to help underwrite processing charges related to publishing in the venue? Read more about Funding Caps and Coauthor Distribution
  7. Can you confirm that you do not have another source of funding – including grants – to cover publication processing charges? Read more about Funding Rules
  8. Do you agree to have the work added to the TAMU-CC Institutional Repository after publication? Read more about the TAMU-CC Institutional Repository.

If you were able to answer yes to all the above questions, please apply. If you have questions, please contact If you are ineligible for funds but still wish to publish Open Access, consider submitting a pre-print to the TAMU-CC Institutional Repository.

Open Access Publication Fund Goals

The goals of the Open Access Publication Fund at TAMU-CC are as follows:
  1. Increase access to research and scholarship produced by researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

  2. Support and encourage innovative models of scholarly publishing that take advantage of digital and networking technologies

  3. Help cover costs for TAMU-CC faculty and researchers publishing materials to Open Access venues

Institutional Repository Submission

The final published version of submitted works supported by the Open Access Publication fund will be deposited into TAMU-CC’s Institutional Repository. Faculty are encouraged to self-submit their work, both published and unpublished scholarly work. Find out more about the TAMU-CC Institutional Repository

More information

Questions regarding the Open Access Publication Fund payments should be directed to the Bell Library’s Administration and Business Operations Office. General questions regarding the Fund may be emailed to the Scholarly Communication Librarian at:

Author and Publication Eligibility

Author Eligibility

Eligible authors are current members of the faculty or full-time researchers at TAMU-CC. Applicants may include eligible coauthors in their application, please read Funding Caps and Coauthor Distribution for further information.

Beginning FY21-22, we are requiring that applying authors submit their ORCID id. If you do not already have one, it takes about 30 seconds. Learn more

Beginning FY22-23, faculty may now apply for funding at the time that they submit their article to a journal, rather than at the time of acceptance. Additionally, faculty may only apply for funding once per quarter, and only if they have no other works pending acceptance for publication. 

Publication Eligibility

Eligible works include peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books submitted for publication
after September 1, 2022. (For anything approved before September 1, 2022, please contact
To be eligible, the publication venue must be fully Open Access. This means that the publisher must make their entire publication freely available online: all articles in a journal or chapters in a book are Open Access. “Hybrid” Open Access publication venues and publication venues with
delayed Open Access models are ineligible.

  • Full Open Access: Eligible. Publishers providing immediate and free online access to all peer-reviewed material they publish.
  • “Hybrid” Open Access: Ineligible. Publishers charging subscription or access fees for published material unless authors pay to make only their work freely available in the venue. Many consider this practice to be “double-dipping:” if the university pays for a faculty member’s work to be published Open Access in a journal that is not fully OA, but the library also subscribes so that the works not published OA are accessible, the university ends up paying twice.

Funding Rules

The Open Access Publication Fund is a limited resource intended to support Open Access publishing at TAMU-CC. Funding for publications that comply with the author and publication eligibility criteria will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis, according to the funding rules. 
Approved funds may only be used to cover publication processing charges. Researchers are expected to first request Open Access funding for publication from their funding agencies, use IDC or startup, or access other available funds. If other funding sources are unavailable,
applications to the Open Access Publication Fund are welcome.

Funding Caps and Coauthor Distribution

Eligible authors may receive a maximum of $3,000 per fiscal year.

  • This is a cumulative total: it may be split across multiple applications for as long as funds are available
  • This is a yearly cap: it applies to the fiscal year in which an application is submitted
  • The caps do not roll over to future years
  • Beginning FY 22-23, faculty may only apply for funding once per quarter, and only if they have no other works pending acceptance for publication

Approved applications will receive a maximum payment of $3,000 to support the publication of the work.

  • The $3,000 cap applies regardless of the number of eligible coauthors
  • Payment will be distributed as equally as possible among eligible coauthors and subtracted from each author’s maximum allowance