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Open Access Publishing Support Program


Open access publishing has received considerable attention in recent years and has increasingly become a viable means for faculty and staff authors to make their works available to the scholarly community in a timely manner. A growing number of discipline-specific, rigorous, well-respected, peer-reviewed open access journals are now available to scholars exploring publishing options beyond traditional publishers operating on a customer pay basis. Such journals often embargo article submissions for extended periods of time, thus delaying readers’ access to timely research – an issue that is particularly problematic in the natural sciences.

Faculty and staff authors interested in publishing their works in open access journals are, however, often deterred from doing so because of the considerable article processing charges they have to pay open access publishers for preparing their articles for publication. These fees cover editing, layout design, and other associated work. Depending on the journal, fees range from $500 to $5,000 for a single article. Processing charges for open access books can range from about $1,500 for a single chapter to $7,000 to $15,000 for an entire book.

Open Access Support Stipends

To encourage open access publishing and to help faculty and staff authors address any associated financial challenges, Pepperdine Libraries now offers open access publishing support stipends as follows. Faculty and staff authors may receive up to $3,000 in total award money each fiscal year.

Up to $2,000 per author per journal article (or book chapter) per year

Up to $3,000 per author per book per year

With their expertise in scholarly metrics and the publishing landscape, library faculty are eager and ready to work closely with faculty and staff authors to identify appropriate open access publishers who may be a good fit for their articles, book chapters, and books. 

Application Process

  1. In advance of submitting the article, the faculty or staff author should contact Marc Vinyard to review open access journal options.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Marc Vinyard will schedule a meeting with the author to discuss their application. 
  4. The faculty or staff author will receive a decision about their application in a timely manner.

Priority consideration will be given to:

  • research that has been publicly funded.
  • research that includes partial support for publishing through, for example, a grant or school/departmental subsidy. The faculty or staff author should explore all funding options from grants and schools/departments/divisions before applying for library funding.
  • authors who publish in highly ranked journals. Ideally, journals should be ranked in the first or second quartiles in the Scimago or Scopus journal ranking for their subject areas. At a minimum, the journal should be included in the Directory of Open Access Journals and indexed in the Scopus database.

Applicants agree to allow the free and open reuse of their published article. Authors who receive library open access funding are strongly encouraged to add past and future articles to the Pepperdine Libraries Digital Commons platform.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m interested in publishing in an open access journal. How do I get started?

A: Contact Marc Vinyard to schedule a meeting to learn more about open access. 

Q: How do I select an open access journal for publication?

A: Contact Marc Vinyard to schedule a meeting to learn more about journal rankings and how to determine which open access journal is most appropriate for your research.

Q: I have submitted my article to an open access journal and it has been accepted for publication. What should I do next?

A: Determine how much money the publisher charges for open access publishing. Then, reach out to other funding sources (department, dean’s office, and/or granting agencies) first. If you still need more money to pay for the fees, then apply for funding from Pepperdine Libraries' Open Access Publishing Support Program.

Q: Who is eligible for the Pepperdine Libraries Open Access Publishing Support Program?

A: Pepperdine faculty and staff are eligible to apply for funding. 

Q: How much funding can I receive from the Pepperdine Libraries Open Access Publishing Support Program?

A: An author can receive up to $3,000 per fiscal year (August 1 – July 31). A journal article (or book chapter) will be funded up to $2,000 and a book will be funded up to $3,000.

Q: When will I receive a response to my application?

A: We aim to respond in a timely manner, and we will do our best to take into consideration the deadline(s) you share in your application.