Get Reimbursed for Open Access Publishing Fees
Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) fosters broad public access to the work of Berkeley scholars by encouraging the Berkeley community to take advantage of open access (OA) publishing opportunities.
How it works
BRII is a reimbursement program in which UC Berkeley researchers are reimbursed fees they paid for article processing charges (APCs), which many journal publishers impose on authors (and which can range from $750-$3500 or more). Publishers use APCs to replace revenue the publisher would have generated via library subscriptions if access to the journal had been licensed by the library for campus readers.
BRII began in 2008 by redirecting a small amount of Library collections funds to help authors cover these APCs for open access journals so that Berkeley authors could participate in the wider dissemination that OA publishing offers.
To read about eligibility and submit a form for reimbursement of your APC, check out our BRII guide. It will walk you through the easy appliation process.
Note that the BRII program reimburses for APCs when you publish in fully open access journals. This means that it's not a "hybrid" situation in which a publisher charges the library for a subscription, but then asks you for the APC on top of the fee we already if you want to publish open access. Unfortunately, BRII can't reimburse for publishing in hybrid OA journals because of the double payment situation that creates for the Library, paying once for the subscription, and again for your publication.
BRII now also supports OA monographs
While many scholars in the humanities and social sciences publish in OA journals, they also publish scholarly books, termed “monographs”. These books become a critical component of professional credentialing, yet their readership is limited by the same kinds of access barriers endemic to subscription-based journals: The scholarly books are quite expensive, and increasingly fewer libraries can afford to purchase them. By expanding BRII to also cover the publishing fees for OA books, BRII can help Berkeley authors publish long-form scholarship that can be read by anyone at no cost.
These digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited OA books typically offer readers more than just the text itself. Digital monographs can also incorporate multimedia with the text, include annotation and commenting tools, and provide platforms that further encourage the development of innovative scholarship.
At their core, most OA book funding models typically charge academic authors the equivalent of an APC. Yet, given the greater investment needed to create and edit longer and more complex manuscripts, the book processing charges (BPCs) can range upwards of $7000. To address this situation, in this first pilot year of funding BPCs, BRII will offer $7500 a piece in publishing fees for up to three OA scholarly books.
Hear what BRII recipients have to say
Publishing OA with supporting funds from BRII is helping to augment scholarly impact.
BRII helped me make access to my research affordable and it wiped away a lot of barriers. —Rachel Morello-Frosch, UC Berkeley Professor of Public Health and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
I do a lot of work on things that aren't funded, and having a way to cover open access fees for work that has no other money behind it is incredibly helpful. —Philip B. Stark, Associate Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Professor of Statistics
You can also check out BRII program statistics and the abstracts of BRII-funded authors in our 2008-2016 BRII Bibliography.
Get a Discount on APCs
The BRII program reimburses for APCs when you publish in fully open access journals. This means that it's not a "hybrid" situation in which a publisher charges the library for a subscription, but then asks you for the APC on top of the fee we already if you want to publish open access. BRII can't reimburse for publishing in hybrid OA journals because we would be paying twice: once for the subscription, and again for your publishing in the journal. Unfortunately, we don't have funds to support double payments.
However, there are great reasons to publish OA even in a hybrid journal. And we want to help as much as we can. We have been able to negotiate discounts off of many APCs through our membership and license agreements.
- For more information see the UC-wide list of publisher discounts
- At UC Berkeley, we also have membership arrangements with MDPI and other publishers that offer instant discounts to UC Berkeley authors.
Get a Waiver for APCs
Some of our institutional memberships also provide for complete waivers of APCs. For instance, our membership with PeerJ includes a pre-paid deposit account from which PeerJ draws to cover your APC if you are a UC Berkeley author. Our list of such memberships is growing, and rest assured that we will keep this page updated!
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