OAK Fund Annual Report: 2020-2021
Institutional Repository Document
The Open Access to Knowledge (OAK) Fund at Texas A&M underwrites publication charges for scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and monographs published in open access publications in order to encourage the shift to publishing Texas A&Ms research that is free of subscription barriers and support the transition of scholarship towards open science models1 that can help meet Texas A&Ms strategic goals. The OAK Fund has benefitted from strong support for the past couple of years from the Office of the Vice President of Research and the University Libraries. In 2019-2020, this support allowed us last year to fund open access publications authored by 248 faculty, staff and graduate students from 11 colleges/research organizations and five campuses. Unfortunately, the Vice President of Research withdrew their support for the OAK Fund in 2020-2021. Therefore, for FY21, due to the loss of funding for OAK Fund from the Office of the VPR, we only funded one paper per author per year, with the funding cap per paper set to $2,000. Major outcomes for 2020-2021: The OAK Fund distributed funds to 118 faculty, staff and graduate students from 11 colleges/research organizations and four campuses. The OAK Fund supported the publication fees for 42 articles for a total amount of funding distributed of $61,803. Given our reduced funding for 2020-2021, we changed two rules to maximize the number of authors we could support: Amended the OAK Fund rules to support an author only once per year. Amended the OAK Fund rules to lower the maximum support per article from $3000.00 to $2000.00.