Publication Subvention Fund

*** The Publication Subvention Fund is no longer accepting applications. Please hold all requests until the new fiscal year begins in July 2022. ***

The KSU Office of Research and the KSU Library System is committed to the promotion of KSU research, scholarship, and various creative endeavors by KSU faculty. The Office of Research and the Library System offers publication subvention assistance with the cost of manuscript publication. Faculty can apply for subvention funds through the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Chelsee Dickson, for the purpose of the publication of books, book chapters, peer reviewed open access journal articles or research manuscripts created at Kennesaw State University.


Subventions are appropriate when publication cost are high due to article processing charges, artwork, cost associated with acquiring permissions to publish images, data sets, maps, photos, and production due to unanticipated publishing issues. Subventions will be considered for costs associated with the publication or production of:

  • Scholarly books in print or electronic
  • Peer reviewed open access journal articles
  • Art catalogues and collections for which the applicant is the artist or senior editor

Peer-reviewed journals listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are eligible for subvention funding.

Who at KSU is eligible?

Eligibility is for KSU faculty for whom research, scholarship, and/or creative activity are included as one of their primary job responsibilities. The primary author must currently be affiliated with Kennesaw State University. Co-authors can be affiliated with other institutions. The Primary KSU Author must have:

  • Contributed substantially to the conception and design of the study, the acquisition of data, or its analysis and interpretation
  • Drafted or provided critical revision of the article/book/book chapter
  • Provided final approval of the version to publish
  • Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved


Research and creative endeavors are defined as undertakings that constitute scholarly activity in a particular academic discipline or professional activities that lead to promotion or tenure.

Peer review is a process of getting advice on submitted manuscripts from experts in your field. The peer review process may involve multiple experts who are not staff members of the journal you are submitting to.

Pre-submission Suggestions

Authors should know their rights and how to negotiate their rights. If you need guidance please contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Chelsee Dickson.

Faculty members should make every effort to obtain funds for subvention and/or permissions costs from a variety of sources before submitting a request for funds.

Some of these potential sources of funding work on established deadlines, thus faculty members who know that they will require subvention funding should explore these options as soon as they learn of their needs for subvention.

Evaluation Criteria

Funding is available up to $2,000 per request.

Multiple requests may be made but only one request from a faculty member will be funded in a fiscal year.


The following are not Eligible for Subvention funds:

Author’s comments
Book Indexing
Book reviews
Conference Proceedings
Fees for accelerated publication
Fees for pre-acceptance i.e. typing fees or artwork by someone other than the author of the work
Hybrid journals that make only selected articles open access
Letters to the Editor
Manuscripts with mandatory embargoes
Predatory Journals
Reprint costs of articles in professional journals
Table of content production

Subvention funds are not available for applicants who are non-compliant with Institutional Review Board requirements.

Any fees or charges that are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal shall be clearly stated in a place that is easy for potential authors to find prior to submitting their manuscripts for review or explained to authors before they begin preparing their manuscript for submission. If no such fees are charged that should also be clearly stated.