APC funding

The University Libraries offers funding to CMU corresponding authors to help pay reasonable open access publishing fees.

Please complete and submit the form below and send a copy of the publisher's invoice for the Article Processing Charge (APC) to Denise Troll Covey.  The requesting author's name and email address on the form must match the name on the publisher’s invoice.

Note: The Libraries pays the publisher directly upon receipt of an approved application for funding and the publisher’s invoice. We do not reimburse authors or departments for paid invoices.

CMU faculty members, research scientists, post-docs, and graduate students are eligible if 

1) they are the article's corresponding author and 
2) they have no money from funders that allow grant funds to be used for Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Journals must provide a publicly available standard APC schedule.

The publisher of the journal must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The publisher of an open access journal (i.e., a journal that provides immediate open access to all peer-reviewed articles) must be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) or adhere to the OASPA Code of Conduct. Ideally, the publisher will adhere to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing and will not appear on Beall’s List of Predatory Open Access Publishers.
  • The publisher of a hybrid journal (i.e., a traditional subscription journal that provides immediate open access to a peer-reviewed article upon payment of an APC) must have a publicly available policy that clearly describes the transition strategy for changing the business model from subscription to open access. The University Libraries determines when a hybrid journal policy is sufficiently persuasive to qualify for APC funding. To date, only hybrid journals published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) qualify for APC funding.

CMU Libraries will pay 80% of the Article Processing Charge (APC) up to a maximum of $1500 per article. 
Expectations are that the remainder will be paid by the corresponding author's department.


Maximum funding per author per fiscal year is $3000. 
Unused amounts do not roll over to the next year.


Request funding
As of August 4, 2015, CMU Libraries will pay 80% of the APC up to a maximum of $1500.