Provost's OA Publishing Fund

Support for Open Access Publishing

Application and Procedures

The Provost’s OA Publishing Fund was established to support widespread readership of the research results of CEU faculty. This serves to increase the impact of CEU scholarship and encourage broad public access for those researchers at other institutions that could otherwise not afford access.

The OA Fund supplements CEU Library publisher agreements that include waivers for article processing charges (APCs) and extends opportunities to other publishing venues and publication types.

What’s covered?

Article processing charges (APCs), chapter processing charges (CPCs), and book processing charges (BPCs) for publications authored or co-authored at CEU. This fund can also be used to make available online research data produced by CEU faculty. Funding is available for new submissions only.

Who is eligible?

Resident CEU faculty who have an article, chapter, or scholarly book accepted for publication in an approved venue, and do not have other sources of funds to pay processing charges to make their work openly available.

Eligibility is determined by author affiliation with CEU on the date of the application for OA funding.

What is the submission process?

Applications for newly accepted publications only will be reviewed on a first-come, first served basis using the OA Funding Application Form. One application per year per author may be approved until the money allotted has been expended.  As a rule, funding is available for up to 3,000 EUR for an article or chapter; books will be considered on a case by case basis.

What publication venues are eligible?

The Pro-Rector for Social Sciences and Humanities will ensure that only publications in prestigious outlets will be supported. You are advised to get pre-approval for your journal or book publisher prior to the submission of your manuscript if you want to know if it will be eligible. Please contact the Pro-Rector directly or ask us at As a rule, Gold Open Access Journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are preferred, but hybrid publications will be considered from suitable publishers.

What do you need to do before applying for the OA fund?

Check the CEU Library publisher’s agreements. No application is required for these. If not covered there, then attest that you have no funding from an externally funded research grant that could cover processing charges, that no waiver for early career professionals is available from the publisher, and that no professional society discount is applicable. Discounts, when available, will be applied first and the OA Fund may be used to make up the difference. These other options must be determined prior to OA Fund application submission.  Confirm with the Pro-Rector that your publication venue is approved.

How do you submit your application?

Please use the OA Funding Application form. For book manuscripts earlier discussions may be warranted.  Please contact with any questions.  Applications for OA Funding should be submitted as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from the publisher. Approval will depend on availability of funds at the time of application. 

Do NOT proceed to payment in the publisher’s submission system until you have received a confirmation email from OA Funding with the invoicing details.

How are the charges paid?

After your application for funding has been approved, the Library will provide the invoicing details for you to submit to the publisher.  In the case that the publisher is only able to invoice the author directly, please forward the invoice to the OA Fund email address so we can pay it. Please do NOT pay for it yourself.  Refunding APCs that have already been paid is not possible.

What attribution statement should be used?

Funded recipients should include this statement:
“Publication made possible by the Provost’s Open Access Publishing Fund, Central European University.”


Questions about OA Support?