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.  Note that the requesting author's name and email address on the form must match the name on the publisher’s invoice.

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. The publisher must 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.

Maximum funding per article is $1500. 
Ideally, the author’s department will also contribute to paying the APC.


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


Request funding
Please indicate any funding your department will contribute.