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Overview of Open Access at Cal State East Bay


  • Are you publishing an article in an American Chemical Society (ACS) journal? If so, The CSU, UC, and SCELC signed a joint transformative agreement that allows CSU (and UC and SCELC members) to publish their articles open access in ACS journals. This is retroactive to January 1, 2022. This is similar to the agreement with Elsevier, with one main difference: if an author has grant funding for the research they are trying to publish, they must use the grant funding to pay the article processing charge (APC). If an author does not have grant funding, then the APC is waived. Helpful links: how to complete the publishing agreement if you have grant funding to pay the APC (referred to as "author funding"), and how to complete the publishing agreement if you do not have funding.

  • Did you know? the OA Publishing Fund aims to "flip the payment system" - we support the front-end costs for a publication (instead of charging libraries and individual researchers through the nose in the backend!) so that everyone with an internet connection can have access to the work once it is published.

Open Access Publishing Fund

The University Libraries is pleased to introduce a new Open Access (OA) Publishing Fund for current faculty, students, and staff members at Cal State East Bay. The OA Publishing Fund is designed to increase the visibility and accessibility of the University's scholarship. It will support Cal State East Bay researchers who have limited access to funding sources but would like to publish in open access journals that require author fees for accepted manuscripts. The primary goal of this program is to remove the financial barriers that prevent researchers from publishing in open access journals. 

The University Libraries will only provide funds for articles that meet the following criteria:

  • Published in an entirely open access journal. Hybrid journals or delayed open access models are not accepted;
  • The journal's Open Access policy and fees are posted online;
  • The journal is listed in the Directory of the Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or follows best practices for scholarly publishing as identified by DOAJ.

Funding: This program is funded by the University Libraries. The Library provides a maximum of $3,000 per article and author, per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

Author Eligibility: Current Cal State East Bay faculty, staff, and students are eligible to receive funds.

Timeline: Requests will be accepted from Aug 1 until May 10, or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.

Note: The Library will not process requests for reimbursement. To receive funds, approved applicants will need to submit a publisher's invoice directly to the Library.

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page or e-mail Daisy Muralles for more information.

How to Apply

Apply Here

Please note that the form is closed when the funds are exhausted for the fiscal year.

Other Publishing Funds

New! – An opportunity to apply for one-time RSCA publication support funding.

Nominal amounts (up to $1,000) of publication support grants are now available for faculty to aid in publishing their RSCA work. Funds provided may be used for expenses related to preparing the manuscript such as image rights, copy-editing, and/or indexing.

This funding will be on a “first-come-first-served” basis.  Once the funds set aside for a given fiscal year are expended, this funding stream will be closed.  Faculty need to work with their department chair on their funding request.  The department chair should then send the request for such funding to ORSP (Anne Wing @

Please direct any questions to Anne Wing.