Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE) Fund [Restricted to Duke Faculty, Post-docs, and Grad Students]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

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 “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 – to support the ability for scholarly authors who wish to make their work open access to do so, even in cases where they do not otherwise have funding available to cover article processing charges (APCs). This program is not intended as a subsidy for publishers or simply as subvention for authors, but aims to provide support for Duke authors to choose the venue for their work that best suits their needs, to make Duke research as broadly available as possible, and to reduce financial disincentives for publishing in open access journals.

At Duke, the fund is supported by Duke University Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

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

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.



Amount Description

  • 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.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences