SoSS Open Access (OA) Publication Grants


The SoSS Open Access (OA) Publication Grants aim to increase the visibility of SoSS faculty research and disseminate research more quickly. Grants are provided to defray the cost of open-access publication fees. Recipients of the SoSS OA Publications grant are expected to upload a published version of each funded article to the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive, Rice's open-access digital archive of scholarly work created by the Rice community.


  • Must apply to the Fondren Library’s Rice Author Open Access Fees: OA Journal Author Fund or Rice Author Open Access Fees: OA Book Subventions and TOME before applying to the SoSS OA grant competition.
  • The SoSS OA Publications grant cannot be used for journals included in the Fondren Library's "read and publish" agreement, which covers author fees. You can find more info in the guide on the Fondren Library Transformative Agreement tab at
  • Must be a full-time Rice tenured/tenure track faculty member. Students are not eligible to apply.
  • Must be the lead/senior author on the publication (person most responsible for the work).
  • The research presented in the article must have been conducted at Rice University. Co-authors can be affiliated with other institutions.
  • Please note that faculty members may only receive one Open Access Publication Grant in an SSRI funding cycle (July 1st – June 30th) regardless of the amount awarded.

Application Deadline

Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the allotted funds expire.

Award Information

Estimated Number of Awards: Contingent on available funding.
Anticipated Funding Amount per Award: up to $3,000 per publication.

Review Process

The SoSS Dean and Associate Dean for Research will award grants on a first-come-first-served basis.

Application Procedure

Submit a completed online SoSS OA Publication Grants application (at the bottom of this page) along with the associated components AFTER the article has been accepted for publication.

  1. Upload a full copy of your submitted Rice Fondren Library OA Journal or OA Book application.
  2. Upload any other supporting documents – if applicable.

Evaluation Criteria

The article cannot be published by a predatory journal and should preferably be published by a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association ( or a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics ( or by a publisher listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals ( There must not be any mandatory embargoes or other restrictions that limit or delay access.

Ways to identify predatory journals may be found at the following websites:


You may also contact Rice’s Fondren Library at for additional information on identifying predatory journals.

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