IU Indianapolis Open Access Fund

The IU Indianapolis Open Access Fund underwrites reasonable publication charges for articles published in fully open access, fee-based, peer-reviewed journals. Established in 2013, this fund addresses changes in scholarly communications while increasing the impact of and access to scholarship created by IU Indy authors. With support from many IU Indianapolis schools and other key stakeholders, the fund has assisted in the publication of more than 200 articles. In the years following the launch of the fund, the share of IU Indy articles published in reputable open access journals has more than doubled - from 7% of articles in 2013 to 16% of articles published in 2019. Along with the IU Indy Open Access Policy, this fund has been a factor in IU Indianapolis’s national reputation for sharing scholarly works at no cost to readers in Indiana and around the world. Reports on the progress of the IUI Open Access Fund are available at the IU Indy Open Access Publishing Reports Collection in IU Indianapolis ScholarWorks.

In the summer of 2022, the fund was revised and relaunched to emphasize support for IU Indy’s student, resident, and postdoctoral authors. Financial support for the Fall 2022 semester has been provided by University Library, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. We also welcome additional support from other key stakeholders.

Administration of the open access fund will be facilitated by University Library on a first-come first-served basis, with the following conditions:

Eligible Publications

The venue of publication must be an established, fully open-access journal - that is, a journal that does not charge readers or their institutions for unfettered access to any of the peer-reviewed articles that it publishes. To be eligible, a journal must meet these additional requirements:

Journals with a hybrid open-access model or delayed open-access model are not eligible. Any authors who are unsure as to whether or not a particular journal is eligible should contact University Library prior to submitting an article for publication.

Eligible Authors

Funds are available for articles authored or co-authored by an IU Indianapolis-affiliated student, postdoc, or medical resident listed as the corresponding author. As defined by the ICMJE, the corresponding author is the person with primary responsibility for the article. Any authors who are unsure as to whether they are an eligible author should contact University Library prior to submitting their articles to publication.

Eligible Fees

Article processing fees may include publication fees (charges levied on articles accepted for publication, including page charges). Submission, rapid review, and reprint fees are not eligible.


Eligible authors from all IU Indianapolis departments and schools are encouraged to apply. Although article processing fees for eligible publications will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, disbursement will be monitored to ensure diverse participation across the schools.

Institutional Repository

As an added service, the University Library will deposit a copy of funded articles in IU Indianapolis ScholarWorks. The placement of an article in the repository helps to build the collection of IU Indy–authored publications, supports the self-archiving arm of the open access movement, and gives the article an added element of preservation and discoverability.

Application Form

If you have questions about this fund or about open access services, contact: University Library Center for Digital Scholarship: digschol@iu.edu.