VOLUME 15 NUMBER 1
SPRING 2014

From the University Librarian's Corner

Open Access Publishing Fund Pilot

Interim Provost Joseph Quinn and University Librarian Thomas Wall are pleased to announce the establishment of an Open Access Publishing Fund. The Fund will finance payment of article processing fees for Boston College authors who wish to publish in fully open access journals. The Fund is established as a pilot program funded by the Provost's Office and administered by the University Libraries.

A Message from Patricia De Leeuw, Vice Provost for Faculties:

"In keeping with the University's task of creating and broadly disseminating knowledge, the Provost's Office joins the University Libraries in this effort to challenge the dominant paradigm of for-profit scholarly publication. Through this pilot program we seek to encourage the members of our community to consider granting free access to the products of their research to all, regardless of means or position. It is especially fitting for Boston College to pursue excellence in research and publication in this most just manner of open-access. I hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity."

A Message from Tom Wall, University Librarian:

"Partnering with the Provost's Office for the OA Fund further validates our commitment to open access and facilitates having scholarly information available to the widest audience. We feel that information has emerged as the critical strategic resource in the current world, and having BC Libraries support open access on campus enhances accessibility and distribution of scholarly information for all, commensurate with the mission of BC to make the world a better place."

To find out more about the goals and policies of the fund, please read the article below, Open Access Publishing Funds Available for Authors.

Policies of the fund are available on the Open Access Publishing Fund guide. The application form for funding is available here: Apply for funding online.

Tom Wall
University Librarian