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Robert Stavn is the First to Receive a Grant from the Open Access Publishing Support Fund

In early February 2012, the University Libraries and the Office of Research & Economic Development created an Open Access Publishing Support Fund in order to support faculty, EPA employees, and graduate students who are becoming increasingly involved in open access publishing. The first grant of $1,000 from this fund was recently awarded to Robert Hans Stavn, Professor of Biology, for his article, “Mass-specific scattering cross sections of suspended sediments and aggregates: theoretical limits and applications,” Optics Express 20 (1): 201-219.

The Open Access Publishing Support Fund is a pilot project that is funded at $11,500, and the primary guidelines for the fund are that the author/applicant must be a member of the full-time faculty, a full-time EPA employee, or an enrolled graduate student; the article must be published in a peer-reviewed open-access journal; the article processing fee must have been paid no more than three months prior to submission of the application; reimbursement will not exceed $1,000 per published article; reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal-year per author; and authors are expected to exhaust all other grant or contract funding sources available to them before applying for support from the Open Access fund. Information about the guidelines and the application process, as well as a link to an online application form, can be found at: If you have questions about the fund, please contact Stephen Dew (, Collections & Scholarly Resources Coordinator