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Library Liaisons Toolkit: Open Access

Resources to help UF Libraries liaisons in their instruction and outreach

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


BioMed Central, Chemistry Central, & PhysMath Central
The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries announces a supporter membership in BioMed Central, a STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher using an open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

All UF authors are given a 15% discount on the article processing charge when they publish in a BioMed Central, Chemistry Central or PhysMath Central journal.

Springer Open
As a member of BioMed Central, UF authors receive the same ARF discount of 15% on these new OA journals from Springer.  

UF Open Access Publishing Fund 
The University of Florida Open Access (UFOAP) Fund Pilot Project supports the goal of making UF research findings immediately, freely and globally available.  Policies and procedures, along with the application form, can be accessed at​

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