Open Access Publication Fund

Open Access Publication Fund
Pilot Program Guidelines and Procedures

The purpose of the fund is to facilitate the publication of high quality work. This fund applies to the costs and fees associated with Open Access publishing. Grant recipients should deposit their work in Lakehead University Knowledge Commons, the Lakehead University Library digital repository.

The Senate Research Committee operates under Senate-approved guidelines. All funding for internal research competitions is limited and designated for specific uses. Due to the volume of applications received for most funding opportunities, the Senate Research Committee does not provide applicants with comments or justification for its decisions. All decisions are made internally through a peer review process and all decisions are final.


Applications may be submitted any time throughout the year. Eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants may receive one Open Access Publication Fund grant per fiscal year.

Application Process:
Applications must be submitted through the Romeo Research Portal. To access the portal, log into myInfo and select “Romeo Research Portal” under the web utilities icon.

Please contact the Senate Research Committee’s Administrative Officer ( to confirm whether funding is available at the time of your application.

Value of Award:
The fund will provide up to $2,000 CAD per application. Payment of the award will be conditional on submission of:

1. A letter of confirmation of publication from the journal editor, publisher, or comparable official responsible for “publishing” the article, OR, if the work has already been published, a copy of the article. The supporting documentation must state that the publication is peer-reviewed and open access.
2. An invoice to the author for the full amount being charged to the author.

Applications will be accepted up to twelve (12) months after the publication of the open access article and will be reviewed by the Senate Research Committee.

1. Funding is given to tenured and tenure-track faculty members and librarians with probationary or continuing appointments of Lakehead University.
2. This grant is intended to support researchers with limited or no funding. If an alternate funding source is available that permits payment of open access fees (e.g., a research grant), that source must be used before applying to this Fund.
3. The applicant must be the corresponding author of the article.
4. The publication must be peer-reviewed.
5. Open Access requirements:
     a. The journal must be listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), unless the journal is too new for DOAJ eligibility.
     b. The journal is not included in Cabell’s Predatory Reports.
     c. The publisher must be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association or adhere to its Code of Conduct.
     d. The journal must have a publicly available article fee schedule.

Additional criteria for assessing journal quality and Open Access information can be found on this library guide:

Upon the request of the Senate Research Committee, the Scholarly Communications Librarian may review the eligibility of applications. If the Scholarly Communications Librarian is an applicant, the University Librarian will complete the eligibility check.

Applicants may request that a member of the Senate Research Committee not be involved in the review of their application due to a conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest may be declared as part of the application in the Romeo Research Portal, and identified individuals will be removed from the review of the candidate’s application.

Revised June 16, 2021