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Concordia Open Access Author Fund

Fund update

In November 2020, the Library and the Office of Research held community consultation sessions on the Open Access Author Fund and the most effective and equitable ways to support open access publishing by Concordia researchers. Feedback and comments were shared with the Open Access Working Group. Based on what was heard, the Working Group has agreed to a proposal to transition from an Open Access Author Fund to an Open Access Fund starting in FY2021-22. Accordingly, grants to individual authors will no longer be made. Instead, the University will promote open access publishing by supporting thematic open access repositories that have membership fees or institutional memberships with publishers that will provide Concordia-affiliated researchers with discounts on author publishing charges (APCs). Moving to an institutional, rather than individual, framework has the potential to broaden the number of Concordia researchers whose work can be supported and will ensure more equitable access to limited resources.

For fiscal year 2020-21 only, the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies will support a Concordia researcher who has already had an article accepted for publication in an open access journal and who has no other means of paying an APC. Researchers who wish to apply for support should write to: and include the following:

  • confirmation of acceptance
  • invoices
  • proof of payment/receipts
  • completed application form
  • completed expense report or journal voucher (JV)
The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, March 29, 2021.

In spring 2021, the Library will consult with Concordia researchers regarding repositories and institutional memberships to support. If you wish to participate in the consultation, please write to: Suggestions and comments can also be sent to that address. The Open Access Working Group will approve the final list of memberships, which will be shared with the community.

Updated: Thursday 11 March 2021
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