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Open Access Publishing Support Fund

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, ECU has established the Open Access Publishing Support Fund (OAPSF).

Now accepting fall applications for the 2019-2020 Open Access Publishing Support Fund. Applications are due by November 15, 2019. Spring funds may be available based on the total funds awarded in Fall 2019. Please direct questions to

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  1. The author/applicant must be a current faculty, staff, graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or resident physician.
  2. The article must be published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the article must be made open access immediately upon publication. Preference is given to original research articles.
  3. Journals must have a commitment to scholarly integrity. This may be demonstrated by membership in relevant publisher associations like Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) or evidence that the publisher adheres to Code of Conducts guided by publisher associations.
  4. Reimbursement will only provide funding towards required article processing charges (APC).
  5. Reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal year per author.
  6. Reimbursements will only be transferred to ECU departments.
  7. The OAPSF may support 50% or maximum $1,000 for APC. Total amount is based on the number of successful applications and amount of available funds.
  8. Funded authors agree to providing an acceptable copy of the article to The ScholarShip, ECU's Institutional Repository.
  9. Research described in the article must have been conducted primarily while the author was employed by ECU.
  10. Graduate student applicants must be current students and include a current ECU faculty member in the author list.
  11. Applicants are encouraged to use grant funds before requesting funding for the OAPSF. If grant funding is not available, we ask that applicants request matching funds for half the APC cost from your department or other unit.

Application & Funding Process

  1. Authors must fill out an online application form and provide a copy of the journal invoice. Contact information for department business officer or FOAP (Fund Or Accounts Payable) contact must be included in the application.
  2. The application will be reviewed by the Joyner or Laupus OAPSF committees which are comprised of representatives from Joyner and Laupus Libraries and the Faculty Senate Libraries Committee. The committee will review applications after the November 15th deadline for Fall 2019 and after the April 15th deadline for Spring 2020.
  3. The committees will review and select applications based on the following:
    • Journal quality and commitment to scholarly integrity
    • Total amount of support requested
    • Total available OAPSF Funds
    • Total number of applications
    • Reason funding is requested
  4. Approved applications will receive reimbursement from the OAPSF within four-six weeks of the Fall and Spring OAPSF deadline dates. Reimbursement will be sent to the applicant’s home department via a departmental transfer. The department is responsible for paying the publisher.

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Articles supported by the Open Access Publishing Support Fund:

2016-2017 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ables, Biology:

Ables, E. T. , Hwang, G. H., Finger, D. S., Hinnant, T. D., & Drummond-Barbosa, D. (2016). A genetic mosaic screen reveals ecdysone-responsive genes regulating Drosophila Oogenesis. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 6(8), 2629.

Awarded to Dr. Craig Becker, Health Education and Promotion:

Becker, C. M. , Lee, J. G. L., Hudson, S., Hoover, J., & Civils, D. (2017). A 14-year longitudinal study of the impact of clean indoor air legislation on state smoking prevalence, USA, 1997–2010. Preventive Medicine, 99, 63–66.

Awarded to Dr. Jessica Chittum, Elementary Education:

Chittum, J. R., Jones, B. D., Akalin, S., & Schram, A. B. (2017). The effects of an afterschool STEM program on students motivation and engagement. International Journal of STEM Education, 4 (11), 1-16.

Awarded to Dr. Jungmin Choi, Math:

Choi J. The valuation of an equity-linked life insurance using the theory of indifference pricing. IAENG international journal of applied mathematics. 2016;46:480-487.

Awarded to Dr. Reide Corbett, Geological Sciences:

Corbett, D ., Crenshaw, J., Null, K., Peterson, R., Peterson, L., & Lyons, W. (2017). Nearshore mixing and nutrient delivery along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Science, 1-13.

Awarded to Dr. Allison Crowe, Interdisciplinary Professions:

Crowe, A ., Glass, J. S., Lancaster, M. F., Raines, J. M., & Waggy, M. R. (2017). A content analysis of psychological resilience among first responders and the general population. SAGE Open, 7(1), 2158244017698530.

Awarded to Dr. Jamie Dewitt, Pharmacology and Toxicology:

DeWitt, J. C. , Buck, B. J., Goossens, D., Teng, Y., Pollard, J., McLaurin, B. T., Gerads, R., Keil, D. E. (2017). Health effects following subacute exposure to geogenic dust collected from active drainage surfaces (Nellis Dunes Recreation Area, Las Vegas, NV). Toxicology Reports, 4, 19–31.

Awarded to Dr. Jacob Hochard, Economics:

Barbier, E. B., & Hochard, J. P. (2016). Does land degradation increase poverty in developing countries? PLOS ONE, 11(5), 1–12.

Awarded to Dr. Xin-Hua Hu, Physics:

Wang, W., Liu, J.,Lu, J. Q.,Ding, J., & Hu, X.-H. (2017). Resolving power of diffraction imaging with an objective: a numerical study. Optics Express, 25(9), 9628–9633.

Awarded to Dr. Nathan Hudson, Physics:

Hudson, N. E. (2017). Biophysical mechanisms mediating fibrin fiber lysis. BioMed Research International, 2017, 17.

Awarded to Dr. Michael McCoy, Biology:

Touchon, J. C., & McCoy, M. W. (2016). The mismatch between current statistical practice and doctoral training in ecology. Ecosphere, 7(8), e01394.

Awarded to Dr. Susan McRae, Biology:

Kolts, J. R., & McRae, S. B. (2017). Seasonal home range dynamics and sex differences in habitat use in a threatened, coastal marsh bird. Ecology and Evolution, 7(4), 1101–1111.

Awarded to Dr. Nasreen Vohra, Surgery:

Vohra, N. A. , Kachare, S. D., Vos, P., Schroeder, B. F., Schuth, O., Suttle, D.,Fitzgerald, T.L.,Wong, J.H., Verbanac, K. M. (2017). The short-term effect of weight loss surgery on volumetric breast density and fibroglandular volume. Obesity Surgery, 27(4), 1013–1023.

Awarded to Dr. Nancy Winterbauer, Public Health:

Winterbauer, N. L. , Bekemeier, B., VanRaemdonck, L., & Hoover, A. G. (2016). Applying community-based participatory research partnership principles to public health practice-based research networks. SAGE Open, 6(4), 2158244016679211.

Awarded to Dr. Baohong Zhang, Biology:

Li, C., Unver, T., & Zhang, B. (2017). A high-efficiency CRISPR/Cas9 system for targeted mutagenesis in Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), Scientific Reports, 7, 43902.


Awarded to Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Public Health:

Jilcott Pitts, S. B ., Hinkley, J., Wu, Q., McGuirt, J. T., Lyonnais, M. J.,Rafferty, A. P., Winterbauer, N. L., Whitt, O.R., Phillips, L. (2017). A possible dose–response association between distance to farmers’ markets and roadside produce stands, frequency of shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, and body mass index among customers in the Southern United States. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 65.

Awarded to Cori Speights, Graduate Student, Biology:

Speights, C. J., Silliman, B. R., & McCoy, M. W. (2017). The effects of elevated temperature and dissolved ρCO2 on a marine foundation species. Ecology and Evolution, 7(11), 3808–3814.

Awarded to Dr. Andrew Stuart , Communication Sciences & Disorders, in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

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.