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Open Access: UF Invests in OA

Information for authors on the Libraries' investments to make open access publishing more affordable.

Memberships & Discounts

While many open access journals do not charge any fees for publication to authors, others request payment of fees (also known as article processing charges) to subsidize publication.

The Libraries work with a range of publishers to pass on savings in open access publication to our authors. In most cases, this comes in the form of a percentage discount on the fee; in other cases all publications from UF authors may be published at no cost because of the Libraries' investments.


ACS - because the libraries pay for the full journal package from the American Chemical Society, UF authors receive a 25% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) to make individual articles Open Access

arXiv - the libraries support this popular preprint archive by paying an annual fee - UF consistently ranks in the top 100 universities utilizing arXiv

BioMed Central - the libraries pay a membership fee to BMC and UF authors receive a 15% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) for all BMC and Spring Open journals 

Elsevier Science Direct - The Libraries have entered into a pilot agreement with Elsevier through December 2021 which extends a discount on author APC charges. The "Corresponding Author," as defined by Elsevier must be affiliated with UF. Discounts for Hybrid journals are 10%, and discounts for fully gold journals are 15% off of APC list price. Elsevier APC List Prices can be found here: Cell Press, The Lancet, and certain society press titles are excluded from this pilot program. The discounts will be automatically applied to the publish options offered by Elsevier once the corresponding author indicates an affiliation with UF in Elsevier's system. More information about OA publishing with Elsevier can be found here:   

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development - the libraries support this Open Access journal by paying an annual community support fee and Article Processing Charges (APCs) for UF authors are waived because of our support

Luminos - the libraries support this Open Access initiative from the University of California Press by paying an annual membership fee; this fee supports the publication costs of multidisciplinary ebooks and allows them to be freely available online, and UF authors receive a 10% discount on Title Publication Fees.

MDPI - the libraries support this Open Access publisher by becoming an institutional participant and UF authors receive a 10% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) 

Open Book Publishers - the libraries support this independent Open Access publisher of books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  As a member, UF users can download all ebooks for free, receive a 20% discount on print book purchases, and they support and benefit from ongoing open access ebook publishing.

Open Library of the Humanities - Article Processing Charges (APCs) are waived in OLH journals such as Glossa because of the Libraries' membership

Royal Society - the libraries pay a membership fee to the Royal Society and UF authors receive a 25% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) for all journals

SCOAP3 - the libraries are a SCOAP3 partner - by switching our subscriptions from individual physics journals to SCOAP we support making these journal open access for all


Status of UFOAP

After the conclusion of a four-year program, the UF Open Access Publishing Fund is now on indefinite hiatus. Administered by the Smathers Libraries and the Faculty Senate University Libraries Committee with support from the Provost's Office, the fund has supported nearly 400 open access publications since 2017.

Authors may wish to inquire with their departments about other sources of funds, or with journals about potential fee waivers.

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