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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cornell launches an OA fund

Following on the compact to support OA journals (which Cornell signed) and on Harvard's OA fund to implement it, Cornell is launching an OA fund.

George Lowery, New funds help faculty publish in open-access journals, Cornell Chronicle, September 15, 2009.

Cornell University Library and the Office of the Provost are contributing $25,000 each for a pilot program to pay publication fees in open-access journals for Cornell faculty, researchers, staff and students. ...

The Cornell Open-Access Publication (COAP) Fund will underwrite processing fees for scholarly peer-reviewed articles in open-access journals for which funds are not otherwise available. Cornell faculty, postdoctoral researchers, staff or student authors can apply for COAP funding of up to $3,000. ...

The details of the fund are largely the same as Harvard's. A few areas where they differ:
  • The Cornell fund starts with a fixed amount ($50,000) and states that funding will be "first-come, first-served". (Harvard hasn't announced how much money it's committing.)
  • The Cornell fund specifically calls itself as a "pilot project" with the possibility to be continued.
  • Cornell encourages, but doesn't require, that the funded publication be deposited in a Cornell repository. (Harvard requires it.)