Apply for HOPE Funds

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The Harvard Open-Access Publishing Equity (HOPE) fund reimburses scholars for the reasonable article processing fees of articles authored or co-authored by Harvard researchers which are published in eligible open-access journals and for which no alternative funding is available. In order to qualify for reimbursement, you must be able to answer ‘yes’ to each of the following questions:

  1. Are you affiliated with a Harvard school that has passed an Open Access Policy (FAS, GSD, GSE, HBS, HLS, HKS, HDS, HSPH)?
  2. Is the journal open-access (e.g., BMC, Hindawi, PLoS), not paid-access or hybrid?
  3. Are articles in the journal made available without any embargo period?
  4. Is the journal listed in DOAJ?
  5. Is the journal’s publisher a member of OASPA, or does the publisher adhere to the OASPA code of conduct?
  6. Does the journal provide a standard fee schedule and substantially waive fees in case of economic hardship?
  7. Is the publication/submission fee less than $3000?
  8. Have you submitted the article to DASH, and have you ever submitted an Assistance Authorization Form to the Office for Scholarly Communication?
  9. Do any of following situations apply:
    1. The article is not based on grant-funded research.
    2. The article is based on grant-funded research, but the funding agency prohibits the use of funds for publication charges.
    3. The article is based on grant-funded research, and the funding agency allows the use of funds for publication charges, but due to unusual circumstances, I believe I qualify for a HOPE award.

More information on eligibility can be found in the HOPE fund FAQ. If you have questions, please contact the OSC. We are happy to work with you to determine your eligibility, whether you have a special circumstance or not.