While open access implies that information doesn’t cost anything to access, it does sometimes involve costs to the author to publish the work. Hybrid journals (a subscription journal in which some of the articles are open access) and fully open access journals often require an article processing fee or charge.
The Northwestern University Open Access Fund supports Northwestern scholars who wish to make their journal articles and ebooks openly available immediately upon publication. Authors must publish in a journal that publishes all of its articles as open access and allows for freely available access immediately upon publication, with no embargo of any content. See the fund’s website for more information.
Please note: Beginning in September 2023, Northwestern Libraries will shift support for Open Access publishing to institutional-level initiatives. The final day to apply for individual APCs through the Open Access Fund is July 31, 2023. Read more in this announcement.
See also the GalterGuide: Open Access Publishing.
NIH funded researchers may consider including the cost of publishing in their NIH grant applications, according to the NIH Grants Policy Statement .