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URI Open Access Fund

The URI Open Access Fund will underwrite reasonable publication charges for open access journals when funds are not otherwise available.

URI Open Access Fund eligibility requirements

You must be able to answer "yes" to all the questions below to be eligible to apply for funding from the URI Open Access Fund.*

  1. Are you a current University of Rhode Island employee or student?
  2. Are you applying for funds to help underwrite publication charges related to publishing an article in a peer-reviewed open access journal under a Creative Commons license?
  3. Are you publishing in an open access journal: that is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals; whose publisher is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association or adheres to its Code of Conduct; that provides unrestricted access to all peer-reviewed articles; that has publicly available a standard article fee schedule; that has a policy to waive fees in cases of economic hardship; that makes articles open access under a Creative Commons license?
  4. Can you confirm that you do not have any other source of funding to cover publication charges?
  5. If you are a URI faculty member, are you in substantial compliance with the URI Open Access Policy? Compliance for this purpose means that you have signed an Assistance Authorization Form and have submitted appropriate versions of a substantial number of your policy-covered articles for deposit in DigitalCommons@URI


* If you have any questions about the fund rules, please feel free to email or call before you apply: Andrée Rathemacher,, 401-874-5096.

For current URI OA Fund balance, see the "List of URI Open Access Fund Recipients and Applicants" on the "Funding Reports" tab of this guide.

Application process

Please apply to the URI Open Access Fund upon your article's acceptance for publication.

You will need to pay the publisher directly using a credit card or personal check. (The URI OA Fund will only issue reimbursements for personal expenditures. It will not reimburse or transfer funds to other budget lines at the university. It will not reimburse P-Card charges.)

To apply, fill out the form above.

Send an email to


  • Your completed URI Open Access Fund Application Form
  • A copy of the publisher's invoice
  • Proof of payment (redacted credit card or PayPal statement with charge, canceled check)
    • Per URI Accounting, credit card statements must show the applicant's name, the last four digits of the credit card number, and the payment.
  • If you are a faculty member, a current copy of your CV for determining OA Policy compliance
  • An affirmative statement that the research underlying the article for which you are seeking funding was not supported by a grant

You must submit your reimbursement request within 60 days from receipt and payment of the publisher's invoice for the accepted article.


Contact information

The URI Open Access Fund is managed by the University Libraries.

Financial support for the fund is provided by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Reimbursements are processed through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

University Libraries contact:
Andrée Rathemacher
(401) 874-5096

Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development contact:
Patti Correia
(401) 874-4576

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.