Publication and Dissertation Costs at Dickinson

Photograph of a student in the Biology labWhat are considered publication and dissertation projects costs? Expenses of publication, performance, or exhibition of scholarly or creative work as well as costs associated with the final preparation and defense of the dissertation.

What do these costs include? For those completing degrees required by the college (usually the Ph.D.), allowable expenses include those associated directly with the final preparation of the dissertation, such as photocopying, binding, and microfilming. A single round-trip for the purpose of the final dissertation defense will also be covered. Please note that tuition for the final semester of graduate school is not covered.

For the publication of other manuscripts, allowable expenses include those associated with preparing for publication, such as photocopying, graphics preparation, indexing, page charges, and translation where appropriate.  Please check to see whether your publisher offers a discount on page charges for authors at 4-year colleges. Multi-authored publications are supported proportionately to the number of co-authors for the publication. For publications where authors are from more than one institution, publication costs are expected to be shared equally. Sometimes publishers require a subvention subsidy from the author. R&D will consider funding these when reasonable and requested by reputable publishing houses. Data entry, keyboarding, and proof-reading are not ordinarily supported.

For creative and performing artists, the modes and costs of "publication" are often very different. R&D exercises flexibility in these cases to allow expenses for exhibition and performance.

How are these projects supported? For Ph.D. dissertations, expenses are limited to $1,000. For other manuscripts and projects, the limit is $2,000.

Special note on open access publications:

The Waidner-Spahr Library and the Research & Development Committee are partnering to offer funding for open access publications during FY15.  The library will provide a fixed amount of money toward funding author charges that lead to open access publications in reputable journals. Since an open access publication is made freely available to the general public and the scholarly community at large, the college library does not have to spend additional money to purchase this content back from the publisher for our collection in the future.  Publications funded by the pilot are also to be deposited in "Dickinson Scholar" (,  the college's open access institutional repository, providing additional access to the work and secure digital archiving.  To request funding, faculty members should apply to the Research & Development Committtee.

Acknowledgements: The Dickinson College Research & Development Committee must be acknowledged in writing in all publications or performances resulting from the funded activity. (See General Regulation).

Special application instructions for just this program:

  • Applications can be submitted as expenses occur throughout the year, but please submit all expenses for a single project at the same time.
  • Your application should include a cover sheet, budget, and a full description of the expenses requested. Documentation from the publisher detailing the expenses is expected. (See Application Process).
  • Please note that funds are not unlimited in this category, and it is in your best interest to apply in advance.

For instructions on submitting receipts, please click on the "Expense Reporting"  menu button.