Open Access Publication Fund Supports UWM Author Fees

Since 2012, the Libraries have provided to UWM authors funding that covers the costs associated with publication of their scholarship in open access journals. Open access publication ensures that the research of our faculty is available to the widest possible audience in the most expedient manner possible.

From 2012 to October 2017, the UWM Libraries have supported, in part or in full, the publication of 67 articles by UWM authors in open access journals.

The University Open Access Publication (UOAP) underwrites 30% of article processing fees in hybrid “author’s choice” journals and 100% in fully open access journals—up to $1500.

Once a manuscript has been accepted by a peer-reviewed publication, the UWM author may request funding via an online form at

UWM has joined a growing trend in North America where the number of universities offering this kind of funding has jumped from nine in 2009 to 70 this year.

PLOS ONE was by far the most popular journal venue, receiving ten UWM articles supported by UOAP, followed by: PLOS Genetics, AIDS and Behavior, Chemosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, and Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, with two UWM articles in each.

Several of the early UWM fund-supported articles have been highly cited:

  • “Pharmaceuticals and personal care products found in the Great Lakes above concentrations of environmental concern” by Rebecca Klaper (Freshwater Sciences) and co-authors, Chemosphere, 164 citations, according to Google Scholar.
  • “Liana abundance, diversity, and distribution on Barro Colorado Island, Panama” by Stefan Schnitzer (Biological Sciences) and co-authors, PLOS ONE, 2012. 90 citations according to Google Scholar.

For more information about UOAP or open access publishing, please contact UWM Science Librarian Svetlana Korolev