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Open Publishing Support Fund (OSPF)

Program Objective
The Open Publishing Support Fund (OPSF) improves access to research produced at the University of Tennessee and is co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Engagement and the University Libraries.

The OPSF can:

  • Enable authors to retain their copyrights.
  • Accelerate the online availability of peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles generated by UT researchers.
  • Raise campus awareness about the benefits of open access.
  • Cover article processing charges (APCs) levied by peer-reviewed open access journals.


  • Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of $2500 per request. When the annual allocation is exhausted, no additional funds will be available until the following fiscal year.
  • Requests for funding should be made immediately after an article is accepted for publication.
  • Any UT Knoxville faculty member, post-doctoral associate, or currently enrolled graduate student whose article has been accepted may apply for funding.
  • Peer-reviewed journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are eligible, as are those published by members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Peer-reviewed open access journals that are listed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) database are also eligible; however, hybrid journals that make only selected articles open access are not eligible for funding.
  • Authors should request a waiver or reduction of charges from the publisher before applying for open publishing support (Information about reduced publication charge requests is provided in the Application Instructions.)
  • Authors may apply for funds more than once per year, but should submit separate applications.
  • Authors with sufficient funding from grants or contracts are encouraged to use those funds as most funders permit funding of open access fees. This allows others to share in the benefit of open publications.
  • Support for open access e-books will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must follow the above eligibility and guidelines.

Submission Process

Follow these instructions to request funding for article processing charges.

After reviewing the fund’s eligibility guidelines:

  1. Ask the journal publisher about the possibility of a waiver or reduction of publishing charges and/or check if UT is eligible for an institutional discount. Through the Libraries’ support, UT authors have discounted APC rates with several publishers, including Springer Nature (BMC and SpringerOpen only), MDPI, and PeerJ. Authors may need to take additional steps with the publisher in order to have the discount applied (Waiver or Reduction Information). Report the results of your request in the appropriate box on the application form.
  2. Complete and submit the online application form (Open Publishing Support Fund Application). Requests for funding can be made at the point of acceptance to a publication.
  3. You will receive an email approving or rejecting your application.
  4. If approved, please have your college/department pay the invoice up front.

As a reminder:

There is no deadline, however the SARIF Open Publishing funds are limited.

Award Terms

Funding is based on actual expenses up to the amount approved. Requests that do not result in actual expenses are not carried over into the subsequent fiscal year unless prior approved. Submit the paid invoice with IRIS document number and a copy of the email confirmation to OREFinance@utk.edu.

Please direct all other inquiries to: AVCRD@utk.edu.