Open Access Fund Use on the Rise at Dartmouth

Dartmouth supports broader access to the results of the scholarship and research oOAlogo_Lock2f the Dartmouth community in many ways. Just one of these ways is through a fund to support the article processing charges that are used by some completely open access journals to cover costs of publishing, instead of putting up barriers to access through charging subscriptions. The use of this fund has been increasing as the benefits of having one’s work be accessible globally are clearer in the age of digital communications. Access drives awareness which increases use which can result in more immediate measurable impact of the work.  

As important as the Dartmouth Open Access fund is for increasing the reach of Dartmouth scholarship, researchers are publishing many more open access articles than are supported by this fund. There were 22 funded articles in 2016, but based only on   publication data in the Web of Science,  there were 270 open access articles published by Dartmouth authors in 2016. Over the last 3  years, the number of open access articles published by Dartmouth authors increased by 24.4%. The number of articles funded by the Dartmouth Open Access Fund nearly tripled.  The Dartmouth fund serves as a last resort when there is no research grant to fund the publishing of the article. 

The following sample of recently funded articles shows the variety of departments and topics supported by Dartmouth’s Open Access Fund, which has been used by 67 authors in 19 different departments since the inception of the fund. 


  1. The future of global health education: training for equity in global health by Lisa V. Adams, Claire M. Wagner, Cameron T. Nutt and Agnes Binagwaho in BMC Medical Education DOI 10.1186/s12909-016-0820-0
  2. Coevolution of Cooperation and Partner Rewiring Range in Spatial Social Networks by Tommy Khoo, Feng Fu & Scott Pauls in Nature Scientific Reports DOI  10.1038/srep36293
  3. Dark shadow of the long white cloud: Neighborhood safety is associated with self-rated health and cortisol during pregnancy in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand by Zaneta Thayer in SSM-Population Health DOI 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.11.004
  4. Developing and pilot testing a Spanish version of CollaboRATE for use in the United States by Rachel C. Forcino, Nitzy Bustamante, Rachel Thompson, Sanja Percac-Lima, Glyn Elwyn, Diana PĂ©rez-Arechaederra, and Paul J. Barr in PLOS ONE DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0168538
  5. Sarcopenia and Sarcopenic Obesity: Do They Predict Inferior Oncologic Outcomes After Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery? by Kimberly L. Mei, John A. Batsis, Jeannine B. Mills and Stefan D. Holubar in Perioperative Medicine DOI 10.1186/s13741-016-0052-1

Please consult Jen Green and Barbara DeFelice in the Scholarly Communication, Copyright and Publishing Program at Dartmouth with questions about open access publishing and the Dartmouth Open Access Fund.  

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