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Open Access Support: Home

Details the open access support options available for USU researchers.

Utah State University & Open Access

Utah State University (USU) is committed to the open access (OA) dissemination of research. Because USU recognizes the important role fully open access journals play in the changing landscape of scholarly communication, as well as the economic realities authors face in choosing to make their works fully OA, there are a number of channels for economic support of OA publishing. In addition, the USU Faculty Senate passed an OA policy in  2012; Policy 586, “Open Access to Scholarly Articles” ensures that authors retain some copyright to their articles published in traditional journals.

Open Access Fund

USU Libraries demonstrates its commitment to the open access (OA) dissemination of research by seeding a fund to underwrite the journal processing fees of USU authors who choose to publish their research articles in peer-reviewed, reputable fully OA journals. Current USU faculty, students, and staff are eligible for funding.

The fund opens twice a year on January 1st and July 1st. Applications are accepted until all available funds are allocated. The fund is currently closed and will reopen on Jan. 1st. Please sign up to receive a notification when funds are available here.

Faculty Start-Up Funds

Office of Research new faculty start-up funding may be reallocated to provide funds for open access publishing. If you would like to reallocate some of your budget, please submit a request to Branden Blanchard at The Office of Research strongly suggests that all faculty work through the USU Libraries to ensure that funds are used in the most efficient way possible when publishing open access.

Grant Funds

You may write publication costs into a proposal budget when applying for grants. If publication costs were included in the proposal budget and detailed in the proposal budget justification, you may request from the sponsor a no-cost extension so that grant funds will cover publication fees after the main grant period—but a no-cost extension is not guaranteed.

Publisher OA Agreements


Any USU author can make any new conference proceedings or journal article Open Access through our agreement with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery). You must be the corresponding author and use your email address when submitting the article. When an article is accepted, authors will receive an email with information about selecting article licensing (e.g., several Creative Commons options). For more information, see ACM’s Open Access page for authors. See ACM’s Publications page for links to lists of their conference proceedings, journals, and magazines.

Our agreement with ACM ends in December 2023, after which we will renegotiate our publishing terms. However, ACM is moving to a fully Open Access publishing model, so this option is likely to continue to be available after that point.

Cambridge University Press

You can publish your article Open Access—at no cost to you—in any Cambridge University Press journal (gold or hybrid OA). In order to take advantage of our agreement, you must be listed as a corresponding author and give USU as an affiliation, and the article must be a research article, review article, rapid communication, brief report, or case report. If the article is accepted, you will fill out documentation where you can select a Creative Commons license. Visit the Cambridge University OA agreement page for more information.

Our agreement for unlimited OA publishing with Cambridge ends in December 2023, after which the terms are likely to be renegotiated.


USU maintains a membership in MDPI's institutional Open Access program. This membership guarantees authors a 10% discount on article processing charges (APCs). A complete list of MDPI journals and their APCs can be found at corresponding author must be USU affiliated in order to receive the discount. MDPI verifies membership/discount eligibility at the time of submission based on email address.

Membership is reviewed on an annual basis.

Royal Society

Authors affiliated with USU receive a 25% discount on the article processing charge for publishing in any Royal Society journal. Visit the Royal Society website for a full list of journals. Authors who select an Open Access option at the time of submission will be directed to a list of member institutions to identify their affiliation. 

This agreement will be reviewed in June 2022.

Taylor & Francis

USU has a limited deposit available with Taylor & Francis for open access publishing. Authors may choose any Taylor & Francis (or Routledge) gold OA journal to take advantage of these funds. You must be listed as a corresponding author, and the Library verifies the author’s affiliation with USU. Visit the Taylor & Francis open access member page for more information. Click here to view the list of journals covered by this agreement.

If funds are depleted, it is unlikely that they will be restored until the next year’s deposit is made (around January). The current agreement ends in December 2025, after which the arrangement may or may not continue.