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Open Access: UF Invests in OA

Open access guidance and resources for the University of Florida community

Open Journal System @ UF

As part of the commitment to increasing open access to research, the UF Libraries are using Open Journal Systems (OJS) within the statewide implementation of Florida Online Journals (Florida OJ) to provide online hosting for academic journals for UF faculty. The OJS system has a highly configurable system for editorial workflows with features including:

  • Online author submission
  • Blind, double-blind, or open peer-review processes
  • Online management of copyediting, layout, and proofreading
  • Delegation of editorial responsibilities according to journal sections
  • Management of publication schedule and ongoing journal archiving
  • Customizable presentation features
  • Multilingual interface supporting 10 languages
  • Support for a variety of reader tools, such as RSS feeds and share buttons

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) provides a free online Open Access Journal Publishing Resource Index with information and documents to support the launch and operation of an open-access journal. Included in this resource are links to example documents for key planning elements, such as new journal prospectuses, bylaws, and sample editorial policies. We also recommend the Guide to Developing OA Journals by David Solomon.

Status of UFOAP

The George A. Smathers Libraries are very pleased to announce the reinstatement of the University of Florida Open Access Publishing (UFOAP) Fund. Thanks to the financial commitment of the Office of the Provost and the endorsement of the Faculty Senate Research and Scholarship Council, funding of $120,000/year for four years has been committed to support open access publishing by UF faculty, staff and students.

The UFOAP Fund will begin accepting applications on January 1, 2017. Faculty, graduate students, staff, and post-doctoral researchers who are the first named or corresponding author of open access scholarly articles accepted for publication after November 15, 2016 and who do not have access to funding through grants or other financial means of support will be eligible to apply for financial assistance in paying article processing charges assessed by open access journals.

Applications may be submitted at Please review the eligibility criteria and other information regarding required documentation prior to submitting an application. See for more information. Questions about the UFOAP Fund and open access may be sent to the UFOAP Fund Administrator at

How to Deposit in IR@UF

The Institutional Repository for University of Florida (IR@UF) is the "digital archive for the intellectual output of the University of Florida community, with research, news, outreach, and educational materials."

IR@UF FAQs for Faculty and Researchers


Memberships & Discounts

ACS - because the libraries pay for the full journal package from the American Chemical Society, UF authors receive a 25% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) to make individual articles Open Access

arXiv - the libraries support this popular preprint archive by paying an annual fee - UF consistently ranks in the top 100 universities utilizing arXiv

BioMed Central - the libraries pay a membership fee to BMC and UF authors receive a 15% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) for all BMC and Spring Open journals 

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development - the libraries support this Open Access journal by paying an annual community support fee and Article Processing Charges (APCs) for UF authors are waived because of our support

MDPI - the libraries support this Open Access publisher by becoming an institutional participant and UF authors receive a 10% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) 

Royal Society - the libraries pay a membership fee to the Royal Society and UF authors receive a 25% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) for all journals

SCOAP3 - the libraries are a SCOAP3 partner - by switching our subscriptions from individual physics journals to SCOAP we support making these journal open access for all



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