Open Access Publishing Support Fund

The Open Access Publishing Support Fund enables UA Little Rock faculty to publish scholarly work in open access (OA) publications by providing grants for up to $2,000 toward the cost of publisher article processing charges (APCs).

This is a pilot program for spring 2024.

Complete the application form.

Funding Guidelines


  • Tenured or tenure-eligible faculty who are the sole, primary, or corresponding author of the work are eligible to receive funds. Articles co-authored with authors from other institutions will only be supported if the UA Little Rock author is the lead or corresponding author.
  • Applicants should provide cost-sharing (e.g., department, college, grant funds) when available.
  • Applicants are limited to one funding disbursement per fiscal year. Only one author per publication is eligible for funding.


  • Funded manuscripts must be published in fully open access journals or books with free availability to readers at the time of publication (with no embargo period).
  • Publications must be peer-reviewed sources from reputable publishers with an article fee schedule publicly available online.
  • The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) the Directory of Open Access Books and/or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association may be used to help verify a publication’s quality and open access credentials.
  • Hybrid journals and books (i.e., those that charge reader fees or subscriptions while publishing specific articles/chapters as open access) are ineligible. Applicants should check with the library to discover which hybrid journals are supported via read and publish agreements.


  • The maximum amount of support is $2,000 for a single publication. The author is responsible for paying any additional amount or other incidental charges.
  • Requests will be supported on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended.
  • The Ottenheimer Library will make payments for approved awards to publishers on the author’s behalf. No reimbursements or payments to faculty will be made.
  • Upon award, authors should submit their accepted article/chapter for publication within four weeks of funding. Funded awards must be expended within the fiscal year requested.
  • Authors should include the following statement of acknowledgment: “This publication was funded by the UA Little Rock Open Access Article Publishing Support Fund.”
  • Authors agree to deposit a final published version of the manuscript into a university institutional repository for long-term preservation and collocation with other  university scholarship.
  • All information on awards from the fund will be publicly available.

Application Process

  • Complete the application form.
  • Requests should be made at the time an article is accepted for publication.
  • Authors will be notified of their award via email within 3 business days of application.
  • Have questions? Please contact us via Ask Ottenheimer Library.