New ASU fund helps researchers publish in open access journals

May 3, 2023

In response to an increasing focus on open access publishing by research funders, the ASU Open Access Publication Fund has been created to help cover publishing costs for ASU affiliates.

The new open access fund is supported by the Office of the University Provost and Knowledge Enterprise, with the University Senate’s Research and Creative Activities committee serving in an advisory role. A grid of nine photographs with various scenes overlaid with open access icon. Image by SPARC in partnership with the Open Access Week Advisory Committee. Download Full Image

"It’s immensely gratifying to see the years of effort that the ASU Senate’s Research and Creative Activities Committee and the ASU Library put into developing the Open Access Publication Fund come to fruition,” said Michael Todd, research professor and chair of the Research and Creative Activities Committee. “By putting resources behind this pilot program, the Provost’s Office, Knowledge Enterprise and the ASU Library are not only responding to changes in the norms and policies around transparency in research and scholarship, but also providing critical support for my fellow ASU investigators and creators, especially those working in disciplines where grant funding is rare. I’m hopeful that the program is a bellwether for sustained and expanded material support for open access publication and open science at ASU."

During the three-year pilot program administered by the ASU Library, $30,000 per fiscal year will be available to ASU-affiliated authors publishing in open access journals. The maximum reimbursement available to an applicant is $1,500.

Anali Maughan Perry, head of the Open Science and Scholarly Communication Division at the ASU Library, has been a strong champion of open access at the library and ASU. 

“ASU Library has a long history of working with ASU researchers to make their work openly available through partnerships with publishers and the institutional repository KEEP," Perry said. “This fund has been in the works for more than four years, with the Research and Creative Activities Committee in the University Senate submitting a final proposal in 2021. We’re pleased to now have the support of the university provost and Knowledge Enterprise leadership to jointly fund this proposal.” 

Under an open access publication model, articles are made freely available to readers. This makes it easier to share research findings and scholarship to a broad audience. Journal subscription costs and article fees are expensive, limiting access to only those who can pay. Open access removes these barriers to welcome all readers and encourages broader sharing, use and re-purposing of knowledge.

While the majority of open access journals publish articles for free, many of the most well-known open access publishers require that authors pay an article processing charge to offset the cost of publication.

“This fund particularly benefits early career researchers who may not have research funds available yet,” Perry said. “By publishing their work in open access journals, they can reach a broader audience and increase the impact of their research on the communities they serve. While this fund is limited for now, we will use this opportunity to demonstrate demand and continue to advocate for greater support for open access and open science practice at ASU. We’re excited to take each new step forward, and look forward to working with ASU authors to make their work as open as possible.”

For complete details regarding eligibility criteria and how to apply for reimbursement, visit the ASU Library’s Researcher Support website.  

Marilyn Murphy

Communications Specialist, ASU Library


ASU class helps small Arizona town with tourism, retention planning

May 3, 2023

Town Manager Alexis Rivera has a goal in mind for Miami, Arizona — population 1,500. Image of the Miami, Arizona welcome sign. Stating "one mile long, 100 years of history" The Miami, Arizona, welcome sign says, "1 mile long, 100 years of history." Download Full Image

Rivera wants to increase tourism and residence retention in the historic city, and now has access to ideas from Arizona State University students through a partnership with ASU Project Cities.

Students in ASU’s Justice Studies Research Methods course with Gregory Broberg, an instructor in the School of Social Transformation, recently shared their recommendations with the town.

Their final presentations answered: “What cultural, historical, social, and economic factors/descriptors articulate Miami as a destination?"

The students noted the town already has a great start to increasing tourism with their "Small Town Christmas" event, where attendees gather in the town's center each year for a visit with Santa, treats, music, toys and train rides for the children.

Based on the student's field research, they came up with a variety of options the town could also explore to help increase tourism and resident retention.

For tourism, they encouraged Miami to host more festivals to highlight the creativity and culture of the town.

For retention rates, students put themselves in the shoes of Miami residents, asking "What would I like to see here or what would keep me here?"

Students found there is a lack of diverse careers in the town, so many individuals don't see a career path for themselves, especially after pursuing higher education. There is also a strong entrepreneurial culture in the town, so students recommended that the schools offer more education on entrepreneurship, especially for high-school students.

The students also encouraged the town to build a field house for community activities and events. They said that by having a place for children to go, the town can build up their image and bill themselves as a "family destination."

Students pointed out that social media is an important resource for both tourism and retention and can be launched quickly. They recommended letting younger town residents manage the accounts, using organic and paid social media to highlight news, the history and beauty of the town, future events and more.

“This is a team,” Rivera said. “This is not a solo team, this is not a golf team, this is not a volleyball team. … This is a huge team in order to accomplish everything that we want for the future of Miami.”

Hailey Torborg

Communications and Marketing Coordinator, School of Social Transformation