Important notice: Please note that as from January 2019 all applications for the URC Page Costs and the Open Access Journal Publication Fund (article processing charges) must be submitted to the Research Office via UCT’s Research Portal on the electronic Research Administration (eRA) system
These grants are intended to contribute towards page costs of articles in journals accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), or to provide a contribution to the publishing of a book that may earn DHET subsidy.
to contribute towards page costs of articles in journals accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), please ensure that you adhere to the Publication Count guidelines for the subsidisation of journal articles by DHET.
The UCT URC Open Access Journal Publication Fund (OAJPF) has been established to support UCT researchers with the publication of their research output in open access journals. The Fund is intended to contribute to Article Processing Charges (APCs) for submissions accepted for publication in open access journals or in hybrid journals that have an open access option.
Open access scholarly publishing will enhance the strength, visibility, accessibility and discoverability of UCT's scholarly output. UCT supports open access scholarly publishing as it offers the potential for democratic access to research knowledge, opening up scholarly content to a much wider range of readers and stakeholders in both the public and private sectors.
Applications may only be made once the article has been accepted for publication.
Applicants who are beneficiaries of financial support for the publication of research, DO NOT qualify for funding.
The journal to be published in, should be on the Department of Higher Education and Training list of accredited journals.
UCT authors should represent a minimum of 25 percent of the total number of authors of the article.
Terms & Conditions
The Fund will pay up to a maximum of R20,000.00 per article. However, the URC OAJPF fund is limited and there is no guarantee that every application will be successful.
It will be the responsibility of the author to settle the costs with the publisher, as the OAJPF contribution will be transferred directly into the Faculty research fund on receipt of invoice.
Invoices must be submitted by the author within three (3) months of approval of the application for payment of APC. Invoices received after the stipulated three months will render the application null and void. A re-application would have to be made.
Project supervisors are to apply on behalf of their students where the student is the corresponding author.
To defray the cost of publishing, authors submitting manuscripts are asked to pay an article-processing charge (APC) per published article.
UCT has a shared support membership so this article-processing charge is shared between the UCT author and the institution for all research articles accepted for publication in any BioMed Central (Open Access Publisher www.biomedcentral.com).
Recognition of UCT authors is purely based on where the submission process takes place from. Only if an author submits from a recognised UCT IP address will that article be automatically transferred to our membership and eligible for a 57.5% discount on the article-processing charge (APC). UCT authors are then liable for the outstanding amount.
All UCT authors submitting from outside the registered IP address range therefore need to clearly state that they are submitting from a shared support member institution (UCT) and will then be offered the same discount.
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