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Financial support for open access publishing

Support, discounts and other funding opportunities for authors.
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We wish to inform you that the uO Library must suspend the Library Shared Support funding program for open access publishing as funds are fully committed for fiscal year 2022-2023. Please see the Library shared support section of this website, below, for more information.


  • Through negotiated agreements that provide discounts on open access fees.
    • Check the Discounts with publishers section of this page to verify if your publisher is covered.
  • Through a direct financial support for open access publishing fees.
    • Authors can apply to the Library Shared Support Fund for financial assistance, details below.
  • Through campus partnerships and external memberships that support infrastructure for different models of open access publishing.
    • See the Library support for open access section below to learn how the Library is committed to supporting no-fee open access publishing. Get in touch with us if you have an open access initiative to suggest.

Faculty members, staff, current graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and adjunct professors affiliated with the University of Ottawa.

Researchers working for University of Ottawa Research Centres and Institutes and Affiliated Research Institutes.

To be eligible for funding support the uOttawa or affiliated researcher must be the corresponding author.

Articles must be peer-reviewed.

Discounts and shared financial support options are subject to change and availability of funds.

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Open access initiatives

The library seeks to support a variety of initiatives that advance no-fee open access publishing. If you have an open access membership or initiative you would like us to consider, please send us an email.
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Discounts with publishers

You must identify yourself as affiliated with the University of Ottawa at the time of submission to receive the discounts listed below. 

Eligibility dates may vary between publishers. These reflect dates on which memberships were activated.

Library shared support

As mentioned above, the uO Library must suspend the Library Shared Support funding program for open access publishing as funds are fully committed for fiscal year 2022-2023.

Further information can be found here.

Authors can still take advantage of discounts negotiated by the library with several publishers to publish in open access, including Frontiers, Springer/OpenChemistry Central, and other programs listed on the scholarly communication website.

Among other things, the library has recently confirmed its participation in some transformative agreements that allow authors to publish open access without paying an article processing charge. We also encourage authors to publish in journals without article processing charges or to choose to publish in journals that allow authors to retain copyright. uOttawa authors are encouraged to freely deposit their publications in our institutional repository, to provide open and permanent access to uOttawa scholarship and ensuring wider dissemination and increased visibility.

Please contact your research librarian or Scholarly Communication Librarian, Leigh-Ann Butler, for publishing advice ([email protected]).

For the 2023-2024 year, the library is working to review the sustainability of the Library Shared Support Fund for open access publishing through the payment of article processing fees (open access, gold). The objective is to better understand the use of the program among uOttawa researchers and the impact of any potential changes upon the broader community. More information about open access may be found here.

  • We are currently accepting manuscripts submitted as of May 1st of the current fiscal year.

  • 50% of the open access publishing fee paid by the author as a reimbursement.

  • The fund only covers the costs associated with open access publishing. Costs for reprints, submission fees, colour illustration fees, page charges, administrative charges, and other fees are not applicable.

  • Applicants will normally receive an email approving or denying their funding request, with reasons therefore, within 5 business days.

  • Approved applicants will receive details of the documentation required for reimbursement.

  • It is the author’s responsibility to pay the publisher invoice in its entirety and submit the required documentation to receive the funding.

  • Authors must first use funds received through research grants that are intended to cover publication or submission fees.

  • The Library reserves the right to refuse applications in which the publisher is deemed predatory. See criteria on deceptive publishers for more information.

Other funding opportunities

Researchers may be eligible for further publication funding support from the following programs. Note that eligibility, terms and conditions vary from the Library's programs. Researchers should verify the criteria of each and inquire with the funding program administrator for any questions regarding eligibility and terms. 

International Publication Support Program

The International Publication Support Program (IPSP) provides support to offset the publication costs generated by research collaborations with international partners.

Open Access Publishing

The Faculty of Health Sciences will provide, on a competitive basis, financial assistance to support publications of quality academic manuscripts in open access journals. Faculty financial assistance is meant to cover only a portion of the cost of the open access publication.

Library support for open access

In addition to direct financial support for uOttawa researchers, the library invests in the various open access initiatives listed here that benefit the global research community.

If you have an open access initiative to suggest, please contact us.

A history of financial support for open access publishing

As a leader in open access in Canada, the University of Ottawa has a strong record of supporting open access initiatives.

From 2010 to 2014, the Library managed the University’s Open Access Author Fund to support researchers publishing in open access. Over the course of its existence, it funded over 500 articles by 350 authors with money provided by the central administration and substantial additional financial support from the Library’s collections budget. 

Given that the effective date of the Tri-Agency OA Policy coincided with the beginning of our 2014-2015 fiscal year, the University took the opportunity to refocus and renew its commitment to OA in a responsible and ultimately more sustainable manner. Hence, uOttawa discontinued the Author Fund and redeployed over $100,000 to support the various strategic memberships and open access initiatives listed on this page. 

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We wish to inform you that the uO Library must suspend the Library Shared Support funding program for open access publishing as funds are fully committed for fiscal year 2022-2023. Please see the Library shared support section of this website, below, for more information.

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