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UC Merced Graduate Student/Postdoctoral Scholar OA Fund: General Information

An library-sponsored program designed to support open access publishing for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Open Access Fund Description

June 3, 2015 - Applications are no longer being accepted.  All funds available for this pilot were awarded. 

Beginning January 2015, the UC Merced Library will launch a  fund to support open access publishing costs for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The primary goal of the program is to support emerging scholars who are interested in making their research open to the public. In addition, we hope to influence the reshaping of current scholarly publishing models and to foster greater dissemination of the scholarly output of the university. Finally, we hope to educate and encourage early-career scholars about the importance of controlling their own copyright.

For information about open access publishing, please contact Susan Mikkelsen,, 209-658-1832.

What is Open Access?

Budapest Open Access Initiative Definition of OA

“By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”

More great information about open access:


eScholarship provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools that enable departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship.

Open Access Explained

UC Libraries: Scholarly Communications Programs and Information

UC Libraries are working with scholars and their partners across the academy to understand the challenges and opportunities of scholarly publishing.