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Author Fund

The Libraries' Open Access Author Fund has been retired. We thank the Dean of Libraries for her previous support from 2016-2023. If you have any questions about this, please contact Marian Armour-Gemmen at

Purpose of the Fund

The West Virginia University Libraries are committed to providing open access to research for anyone anywhere. The Open Access Author Fund (OAAF) was intended as an aid to open access to scholarly content published by WVU authors.

Other Sources of Open Access Funding

The West Virginia University Libraries have institutional memberships with several publishers and platforms resulting in no or discounted open access fees. For a full list and extent of help for authors, please see the open access research guide. Please consult the research guide first and then contact Marian Amour-Gemmen for information.

WVU Libraries have signed new Open Access agreements with three academic publishers – IOP Publishing, American Chemical Society (ACS) and Wiley – to provide researchers with the opportunity to publish free of article processing charges.

These agreements join existing contracts with Cambridge University Press; Public Library of Science; BioMed Central; Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development; and the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. To learn more about WVU’s Open Access agreements visit the Libraries’ Open Access page.

Additionally some publishers have reduced fees.

Suggestions for Choosing Journal/Publisher


Verify that the journal has a publicly available a standard article fee schedule

You may consult Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities to find the extent of your journal’s open access. Cabell’s only covers these subject areas: business (accounting, marketing, economics & finance, management), education, psychology, nursing, health administration, and computer science & business information systems. If unsure about a journal meeting these criteria, contact the WVU Libraries prior to submitting an article for publication.

Open Access Author Fund Committee

The OAAF Committee represents all WVU research constituencies and is a mix of teaching faculty and librarians from across the Downtown, Evansdale, and Health Sciences campuses. Current members are:

Marian Armour-Gemmen, Evansdale Library, Chair
Wathiq Abdul-Razzaq, Physics and Astronomy Department
Vagner Benedito, Davis College, Division of Plant & Soil Sciences
Virginia Desouky, Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Health Sciences Library
Peter Giacobbi, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Joint Appointment School of Public Health
George Kelley, Health Sciences
Jason Manning, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Jonah McAllister-Erickson, Scholarly Communication Librarian
Jeff Werst, Science Librarian, Downtown Library

Institutional Repository

As an added service, the Libraries will deposit a copy of funded articles in the Research Repository @ WVU. The placement of an article in this institutional repository helps to build the collection of WVU–authored publications, supports the self-archiving arm of the open access movement, and gives the article an added element of preservation and discoverability.