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SMU Embraces New Open Access Publication Fund

The Library/Academic & Instructional Innovation at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has launched an open access publication fund to encourage faculty to publish articles in open access journals.

Many open access journals—including those published by the Public Library of Science and BioMed Central—collect an author payment in lieu of charging for access. Supported by the Division of Academic Affairs and endorsed by the Faculty Organization Research Committee, the open access publication fund will reimburse faculty members up to $2,500 per calendar year for expenses associated with publishing an article in a peer-reviewed open access journal.

"This fund is taking off, helping spread research in many disciplines at Samuel Merritt," said Marcus Banks, Director of Library/Academic & Instructional Innovation. "Our reach is growing, thanks to the skill of our faculty and a new mode of sharing their knowledge."

Unlike articles that are only available to subscribers, an open access research article is freely available online, meaning anyone with an Internet connection can read the article and build upon it for their own research.

Because open access journal articles are free, libraries do not need to pay for subscriptions or to keep unauthorized users away from their paid resources. But producing these journals still costs money so authors typically pay publication fees. The new publication fund addresses that problem.   

Once an article has been accepted for publication, faculty members can obtain expense reimbursement by emailing a completed SMU finance expense report to Marcus Banks along with the following information:

  • Author name(s)
  • Article title
  • Journal title
  • Publication fee

If you have any questions, email Marcus Banks at or call him at x5732.

Here are four articles by SMU faculty now available to all, with others to follow soon:

August SL (SoN), De Rosa MJ (PA).  (2012) Evaluation of the Prevalence of Urinary Tract Infection in Rural Panamanian Women. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47752. < /info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0047752>

Benjamin S. Boyd (PT) and Philip S. Villa, Normal Inter-Limb Differences During the Straight Leg Raise Neurodynamic Test: A Cross Sectional Study, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Volume 13, Dec. 2012. <>

Kate A Hayner (OT), Effectiveness of the California Tri-Pull Taping Method for Shoulder Subluxation Post-Stroke: A Single-Subject ABA Design, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67 (1): Jan-Feb 2013. <>

Kate Shade (SoN) et. al, Adolescent Fathers in the Justice System: Hoping for a Boy and Making Him a Man, Qualitative Health Research 23 (2), Feb 2013 .< early/2012/12/20/1049732312470520.full>