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Open Access Publishing Support Fund

The Divisions of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences, along with the East Carolina University Libraries, are committed to supporting the research, publishing, and scholarly communication activities at ECU. To reduce barriers to open access publishing and to support faculty, staff, and graduate students who choose open access publishing as the best venue for their work, the Academic Council and the University Libraries established the Open Access Publishing Support Fund (OAPSF).

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Now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year!

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  1. The author/applicant must be current faculty, staff or graduate student.
  2. The article must be published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the article must be made open access immediately upon publication. (View more about acceptable journals)
  3. Reimbursement may be made for required fees for publishing, such as the following: publication fees, article processing charges (APC's), or page charges.
  4. Reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal year per author.
  5. Publication fees under $1,000 will be fully funded by OAPSF. If the publication fees are over $1,000, the author/applicant must secure the ¼ of the required fees and provide documentation of these funds to the OAPSF administrator. The OAPSF will cover the remaining ¾ of the publication fees.
  6. Funded authors must deposit an acceptable copy of the article to The ScholarShip, ECU's Institutional Repository, at the time of publication or before.
  7. At this time, the Open Access Publishing Support Fund cannot be used towards articles produced from NIH funded projects (or any other funder requiring public access to research articles).

Application & Funding Process

  1. Authors must fill out an online application form.
  2. The application will be reviewed by a committee that is comprised of representatives from Joyner and Laupus Libraries, the Faculty Senate Research/Creative Activity Grant Committee, and the Faculty Senate Libraries Committee. The committee will review applications every two months and will communicate its decision to the author by the end of each period.
  3. Payment to the publisher or reimbursement of the author will be made after the article has been accepted for publication and the author has been invoiced for the article processing charge.
  4. Authors must provide a copy of the publisher's invoice to the OASPF administrator. If the author pays the fee, a reimbursement check for amount awarded will be sent to the author. If the OASPF administrator is to pay the fee, the author must coordinate the delivery of the remaining fees prior to payment.

For questions regarding the Open Access Publishing Support Fund, please contact the Scholarly Communication Department at

Articles supported by the Open Access Publishing Support Fund:

2015-2016 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Awarded to Dr. Tom Allen, Geography, Planning, and Environment:

Allen, T. R. , & Howard, R. (2015). Improving Low-Relief Coastal LiDAR DEMs with Hydro-Conditioning of Fine-Scale and Artificial Drainages. Hydrosphere,3, 72. doi:10.3389/feart.2015.00072.

Awarded to Dr. Sonja Bareiss, Physical Therapy:

Bareiss, S., Dugan, E. & Brewer, K., (2015). PI3K mediated activation of GSK‑3β reduces at‑level primary afferent growth responses associated with excitotoxic spinal cord injury dysesthesias. Molecular Pain, 11(35), 1-15. doi:10.1186/s12990-015-0041-2.

Awarded to Dr. Christopher Duffrin, Family Medicine:

Duffrin, C. , Cashion, M., Cummings, D., Whetstone, L.,Firnhaber, J., Levine, G., Watson, R. , Lambert, A. (2016). Generational differences in practice site selection criteria amongst primary care physicians. Marshall Journal of Medicine, 2(1), 78. doi:10.18590/mjm.2016.vol2.iss1.9.

Awarded to Dr. Xin-Hua Hu, Physics:

Zhang, J., Feng, Y., Jiang, W.,Lu, J. Q., Sa, Y.,Ding, J., & Hu, X.-H. (2016). Realistic optical cell modeling and diffraction imaging simulation for study of optical and morphological parameters of nucleus. Optics Express, 24(1), 366-377. doi:10.1364/OE.24.000366.

Awarded to Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Public Health:

Jilcott Pitts, S. B. , Acheson, M. L. M., Ward, R. K., Wu, Q., McGuirt, J. T., Bullock, S. L., Lancaster, M.F., Raines, J., & Ammerman, A. S. (2015). Disparities in healthy food zoning, farmers' market availability, and fruit and vegetable consumption among North Carolina residents. Archives of Public Health, 73(1). doi:10.1186/s13690-015-0085-9.

Awarded to Dr. Suzanne Lea, Public Health:

Kinney, S., Lea, C. S., Kearney, G., Kinsey, A., & Amaya, C. (2015). Predictors for Using a HIV Self-Test Among Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in North Carolina. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(7), 8348- 8358. doi:10.3390/ijerph120708348.

Awarded to Dr. Michael McCoy, Biology:

McCoy, M. W. , Wheat, S. K., Warkentin, K. M., & Vonesh, J. R. (2015). Risk assessment based on indirect predation cues: revisiting fine-grained variation.Ecology and Evolution, 5(20), 4523-4528.

Awarded to Dr. Yiping Qi, Biology:

Lowder, L.G., Zhang, D., Baltes, N.J., Paul, J.W., Tang, X., Zheng, X., Voytas, D. F., Hsieh, T., Zhang, Y., Voytas, D. F., & Qi, Y. (2015). A CRISPR/Cas9 Toolbox for Multiplexed Plant Genome Editing and Transcriptional Regulation. Plant Physiology, 169(2), 971- 985.

Awarded to Dr. Keith Richards, Communication:

Richards, K. (2016). College Men and Women and Their Intent to Receive Genital Human Papillomavirus Vaccine. SAGE Open, 6(1), 2158244016629709. doi:10.1177/2158244016629709

Awarded to Dr. Beth Thompson, Biology:

Field, S. , & Thompson, B. (2016). Analysis of the Maize dicer-like1 Mutant, fuzzy tassel, Implicates MicroRNAs in Anther Maturation and Dehiscence. PLOS ONE, 11(1), e0146534. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146534.

Awarded to Dr. Heather Vance-Chalcraft, Biology:

Albecker, M. & Vance-Chalcraft, H. D. (2015). Mismatched anti-predator behavioral responses in predator-naïve larval anurans. PeerJ, 3(e1472), 1-16. doi:10.7717/peerj.1472.

Awarded to Ms. Rachel Ward, Public Health:

Ward, R., Slawson, D., Wu, Q., & Jilcott Pitts, S. B. (2016). Associations between farmers market managers' motivations and market-level supplemental nutrition assistance program electronic benefit transfer (SNAP/EBT) availability and business vitality. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(1), 121-130.

Awarded to Dr. Stephanie West-Puckett, English:

Smith, A., West-Puckett, S., Cantrill, C., & Zamora, M. (2016). Remix as professional learning: Educators' iterative literacy practice in CLMOOC. Education Sciences, 6(1):12, 1-19. doi:10.3390/educsci6010012. .

Forthcoming Articles:

Dr. Ruth Little , Public Health, in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice

Dr. Tuan Tran , Psychology, in the Journal of Visualized Experiments

2014-2015 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ables, Biology:

Ables, E.T. (2015). "Drosophila oocytes as a model for understanding meiosis: An educational primer to accompany 'Corolla is a novel protein that contributes to the architecture of the synaptonemal m of drosophila'. Genetics, 199(1): 17-23. doi:10.1534/genetics.114.167940.

Awarded to Dr. Charles Ellis, Communication Sciences and Disorders:

Ellis, C. , Holt, Y.F., & West, T. (2015). Lexical diversity in parkinson's disease.Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders, 2(5): 1-6. doi:10.1186/s40734-015-0017-4.

Awarded to Dr. Zhibin Huang, Physics:

Yu, T.G., Feng, Y., Feng, X.Y., Dai, J.Z., Qian, H.J. & Huang, Z. (2015). Prognostic factor from mr spectroscopy in rat with astrocytic tumour during radiation therapy. The British Journal of Radiology, 88(1045): 1-10. doi:10.1259/bjr.20140418.

Awarded to Dr. Jeff McKinnon, Biology:

Wright, D.S., Pierotti, M.E.R., Rundle, H.D., & McKinnon, J.S. (2015). Conspicuous female ornamentation and tests of male mate preference in threespine sticklebacks (gasterosteus aculeatus). PLOS ONE, 10(3): 1-19. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120723.

Awarded to Dr. Hao Nguyen, Fellow, Internal Medicine:

Nguyen, H.H., Fadul, N., Ashraf, M.S. & Siraj, D.S. (2015). Osteomyelitis infection of mycobacterium marinum : A case report and literature review.Case Reports in Infectious Diseases, 2015, 1-5. doi:10.1155/2015/905920.

Awarded to Dr. John Stiller, Biology:

Stiller, J.W. , Schreiber, J., Yue, J., Guo, H., Ding, Q., & Huang, J. (2014). The evolution of photosynthesis in chromist algae through serial endosymbioses. Nature Communications, 5, 1-7. doi:10.1038/ncomms6764.

Awarded to Dr. Beth Thompson, Biology:

Thompson, B.E. , Basham, C., Hammond, R., Ding, Q., Kakrana, A., Lee, T., Simon, S.A., Meeley, R., Meyers, B.C., & Hake, S. (2014). The dicer-like1 homologfuzzy tassel is required for the regulation of meristem determinacy in the Inflorescence and vegetative growth in maize.The Plant Cell Online, 26 (December): 4702-4717. doi:10.1105/tpc.114.132670.

Awarded to Dr. Jitka Virag, Physiology:

Virag, J.I. , & Lust, R.M. (2014). Circadian Influences on myocardial infarction.Frontiers in Physiology, 5 (October): 1-10. doi:10.3389/fphys.2014.00422.

Awarded to Dr. Baohong Zhang, Biology:

Taki, F.A., Pan, X., Lee, M., & Zhang, B. (2014). Nicotine exposure and transgenerational impact: A prospective study on small regulatory microRNAs. Scientific Reports, 4, 1-15. doi:10.1038/srep07513.