OACIP: Global Social Challenges Journal

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Global Social Challenges Journal is participating in the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). The program's goal is to help match libraries, consortia, academic departments, research centers, funding agencies, and other prospective scholarly publishing entities with non-profit publishers and journal editorial boards that are seeking financial support to sustain diamond open access journals.

New to OACIP?

Learn how to participate in OACIP at the bottom of this page.

About Global Social Challenges Journal

Global Social Challenges Journal (GSCJ) is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal published on a not-for-profit basis by Bristol University Press, which launched on our new Bristol University Press Digital platform in 2022. The journal aims to address urgent global social issues by facilitating thinking about positive new societal trajectories within an inter- and transdisciplinary forum and allowing different disciplines and fields to interact with one another. This is something difficult to achieve in more narrowly focused, discipline-based journals.

Bristol University Press seeks collective annual funding of $71,775 for three years through OACIP to publish its new fully Open Access Global Social Challenges Journal under a Diamond model, from 2025 onwards. This will enable the journal to provide a funded infrastructure for its diverse community of authors, editors and readers in order to tackle urgent global social issues, and to support the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) in a truly equitable way.

OACIP Criteria Form Responses

Each OACIP participant completes a standardized form that asks for the criteria that libraries and other financial stakeholders require in order to make spending decisions. These criteria will provide transparency around issues important to investors in this space.

GSCJ's Funding Goal

Funding Goal: $71,775 annually for three years

Funds committed: $5,000 annually for three years

Funding needed: $66,775 annually for three years

Funding deadline: December 31, 2024

Funding Tiers

Three-year commitments are being sought for annual contributions at the tiered levels below:

Support Level

U.S. Classification
(Carnegie Classification-Basic)

Canada Classification
(CRKN Bands)

Recommended Support
(US Dollars)


Any from Support Levels 1-3
Special Programs
Research Centers
Funding Agencies

Any from Support Levels 1-3
Special Programs
Research Centers
Funding Agencies



Doctoral Institution
Research Center

Bands 12, 13
Research Center



Baccalaureate / Associate's
Special Focus 4-year
Special Focus 2-Year
Tribal Colleges & Universities

Bands 1-11



Academic Department

Academic Department


Ready to Support OACIP?

Complete the 2024 OACIP Supporter Information Form to express your interest in supporting OACIP.

The Global Social Challenges Journal OACIP Supporters

  • Iowa State University
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Pennsylvania

The success of OACIP is possible because of the funding community that forms around it. Any organization in the world - be it a library, academic department, research center, museum, or funding agency - is invited to support OACIP. We are grateful for your support and look forward to working with the growing OACIP Community to build something new together!

How to Participate in OACIP

Step 1: Evaluate the OACIP Journals.

Review the OACIP Journals' campaign pages or review the 2024 Lyrasis OACIP Catalog to learn about each journal and read their responses to the OACIP Criteria Form.

Step 2: Consider your organization's capacity for support.

OACIP asks participants to make three-year commitments to fund OACIP Journals. Participants can pay annually or the full three-year commitment upfront. Levels of support for each journal are recommended based on the type of organization and the amount of the funding goal.

Organizations can support OACIP a variety of ways:

Support Specific OACIP Journals Contribute to the OACIP General Fund

Contributions to the OACIP General Fund are not dedicated to any one journal. Instead, these contributions are distributed at the end of the campaign to fill any funding gaps.

Step 3: Complete the OACIP Supporter Information Form

Once you are ready to commit support, complete the 2024 OACIP Supporter Information Form and an OACIP Administrator will be in touch to confirm and finalize your order.


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