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Supporting Open Access Research and Scholarship


Dean Kevin Ross of the Leatherby Libraries, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, Office of Research, and the IS&T Department, is pleased to announce the inaugural semester of the Supporting Open Access Research and Scholarship (SOARS) program to the Chapman University community. The SOARS program is designed to provide financial support to Chapman University faculty publishing the results of their research, scholarship, or creative activity in an Open Access (OA) journal. OA journals make research freely available to anyone, including those without subscription access, removing barriers to access while fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, allowing new insights, and increasing the impact of the research. The SOARS program can provide up to $3,500 to cover the cost of OA article processing charges. The full program description is provided below. 

As a part of the application process, faculty will need to provide proof of article submission to a qualifying journal and verification from their Dean that they have no other funding sources. This documentation will be uploaded as a part of the application and should be in PDF format. Applicants chosen for an award will also need to submit proof of article acceptance by the date specified in their award letter and will eventually need to provide proof of payment of the article processing charges (APC) as well. 

Interested applicants can access the SOARS application here. Applications for the Spring 2024 round of review are due Wednesday, February 28th, 2024. 

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Contact Us

Doug Dechow, MSLIS, PhD
Assistant Dean
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
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Kristin Laughtin-Dunker, MLIS
Chair of Resources & Scholarly Communications 
Leatherby Libraries 
Chapman University 
714-532-7743 (FAX)