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Pepperdine Libraries Launches Open Access Publishing Support Program


MALIBU, California – To encourage open access publishing, Pepperdine Libraries, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce it is now providing financial support for university authors.

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-$15,000 for an entire book.

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. Faculty and staff authors may apply for up to $3,000 in award money each academic year.

The Libraries are soundly committed to supporting the scholarly work of Pepperdine faculty and staff. Noted dean of Libraries Mark Roosa, “With their expertise in scholarly metrics and the publishing landscape, our 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.”

For more information and to apply, please visit https://library.pepperdine.edu/help-with/research/open-access-publishing-support-program.htm.

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