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Fund helps Emory authors get published

The Emory University Open Access (OA) Publishing Fund helped Emory University researchers publish four articles in scholarly open access journals this year, and the plan is to assist even more authors in the coming months.

The fund for the first year was $25,000. The same amount will be funded next year, so requests are encouraged.  

The publishing fund is part of OpenEmory, an open access repository of scholarly articles by Emory faculty members, and is a service of Emory Libraries. The OA Publishing Fund guidelines were approved by the University Senate's Library Policy Committee. The Emory Libraries Scholarly Communication Office, directed by Lisa Macklin, administers the fund.  

"The purpose of the OA Publishing Fund is to foster the exploration of open access publishing across research communities, and we intentionally made the fund available to students as well as faculty," Macklin says. "We're very pleased that three of the four articles funded included a student co-author. We have three more articles approved for funds, but these articles have not yet been published."  

Macklin says the OA fund covers article processing fees when no other funds are available, making it easier for Emory authors to publish in eligible open access journals and books. The fund's web page includes the guidelines for eligibility for the fund and links to the Directory of Open Access Journals and Directory of Open Access Books for those who want to find OA journals and book publishers in their field.  

Emory University faculty, post-docs, and currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students on the Emory and Oxford campuses are eligible to apply for funding. The money is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, up to a maximum reimbursement of $1,500 per article or book. See the funding web page for details, including other restrictions.    

The OA-funded articles from this academic year were:  

"Diet and density dependent competition affect larval performance and oviposition site selection in the mosquito species Aedesalbopictus (Diptera: Culicidae)," co-authored by Miho Yoshioka, Jannelle Couret, Frances Kim, Joseph McMillan, Uriel Kitron and Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec of Emory University; Thomas R. Burkot of James Cook University (Australia) and Ellen M. Dotson of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. This article was published in October 2012.

•  "Bonobos respond to distress in others: Consolation across the age spectrum,"  co-authored by Frans B. M. de Waal and Zanna Clay of Emory University.  

"Association of duration of residence in the southeastern United States with chronic kidney disease may differ by race: the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS)" cohort study, co-authored by Laura Plantinga, Suzanne Elizabeth Judd, and William McClellan of Emory University; Virginia J. Howard, Paul Muntner, Rikki Tanner, Dana Rizk, David G. Warnock, and George Howard of the University of Alabama; and Daniel T. Lackland of Medical University of South Carolina.  

"Promoting neonatal staff nurses' comfort and involvement in end of life and bereavement care," co-authored by Weihua Zhang of Emory University and Betty S. Lane of Clayton State University.  

For more information on OpenEmory or the OA Publishing Fund, visit the website or contact Lisa Macklin at or 404-727-1535.

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