Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE) at Duke University

Apply for COPE funding The Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE) is a program by universities to support equity in business models used for scholarly publishing. Each participating university commits to "the timely establishment of durable mechanisms for underwriting reasonable publication charges for articles written by its faculty and published in fee-based open-access journals and for which other institutions would not be expected to provide funds."

The program is intended to reduce barriers to open-access publishing. It is not intended as a subsidy for publishers but as support for Duke authors to choose the venue for their work that best suits their needs.

At Duke, a fund supported by Duke University Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing supports these goals.

Can COPE funds support my work?

Duke University provides COPE funds to reimburse authors for article-processing fees accrued when publishing in peer-reviewed journals that are:

COPE funds cannot :

  • support reimbursements for placing articles in “hybrid” open-access publishing, such as subscription-based journals that make some articles available after an author pays fees.
  • support reimbursements for article processing fees that are endowed by a gift or grant from a foundation, institution or agency

Do I qualify for COPE funds?

The following people qualify for COPE funds:

  • Duke faculty members
  • Graduate or professional students
  • Postdoctoral researchers

In addition:

  • You must be the author of an article that has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed, open-access journal.
  • You must attest that the journal complies with eligibility requirements.
  • You can submit your application for funding at any time, but we cannot reimburse you until an eligible journal has accepted your article.

Are there any limitations?

  • Reimbursements will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis up until the funding for a given year is exhausted.
  • In an academic year, you can receive a maximum reimbursement of $3,000 for article processing fees. The maximum reimbursement for any single article is $2,000.   
  • You cannot roll over unused funds to future years.

How are funds divided among multiple authors?

  • Multiple, eligible Duke authors of a single article are responsible for a prorated portion of article processing fees.
  • All eligible authors can be reimbursed, up to the annual cap, for their prorated portion. 

How do I apply for COPE funds?

Complete an application.

For any questions, please contact or Kevin Smith.