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About the Open Access Author Fees Fund

The ULS’ Author Fee Fund has been exhausted for fiscal year 2017. Applications will no longer be considered until July 1, 2017. However, limited funds are still available for our account with BioMed Central, so at this time we will still consider applications to BioMed Central journals.

The University Library System, University of Pittsburgh (ULS) will provide funds for the payment of article processing fees for articles authored or coauthored by the faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, and students served by the ULS and the Barco Law Library who publish in eligible Open Access journals as part of the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE).

The Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity is a group of participating institutions committed to supporting Open Access by underwriting publication charges for those individuals at their institution who publish articles in fee-based Open Access journals.

To learn more about this program and to see whether you are eligible for funding, see the Author Fees Fund Policy Guidelines. To apply for funding, complete the online application form. Still have questions? See the FAQ or contact us at

The COPE press release announcing the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh as a signatory can be found here.