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Open Access: UF Invests in OA

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

Open Access Overview

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is free, permanent, web-based access to scholarly publications. OA is the principle that research should be readily available immediately after publication and to anyone with access to the Internet. It is a movement, a business model, and is improving the way scholarly information is shared.

Types of Open Access Publishing

Gold:  Gold OA refers to journals in which all articles and content are freely available to anyone with Internet access--without subscription fees--immediately upon publication.  These journals are either funded by their organizations or by fees charged to the author or institution to cover publication expenses.  Examples of Gold OA publishers include PLOS (Public Library of Science) and BioMed Central. 

Green: Green OA occurs when the publisher of a subscription journal grants the author the ability to self-archive their work for free public access. Authors are able to provide access to pre- or post-print versions of their work (with publisher permission) in an institutional or disciplinary archive such as UF's Institutional Repository or  

Hybrid: Hybrid journals are subscription journals whose publishers offer authors the option of making their individual articles open access for a fee.  This means that one or more articles in a hybrid OA journal may be freely available to anyone with Internet access while others are only available to those with a paid subscription.  

Gratis: Gratis OA refers to information that is available free of charge, while traditional copyright and licensing restrictions may still apply. 

Libre: Libre OA refers to information that is free of charge and free of most traditional copyright and licensing restriction. 

OA publishing still often requires the author to pay a fee to publish their work.  While some open access journals do not charge fees for publication to authors, others require payment of fees known as article processing charges (APCs) to subsidize publication costs.


Memberships & Discounts

The Libraries partner with a range of publishers to pass on savings for open access publishing costs to our authors. In most cases, this comes in the form of a percentage discount on the article processing charge (APC); in other cases, all publications from UF authors may be published at no cost thanks to the Libraries' investments.


ACS - because the libraries pay for the full subscription 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 using arXiv.

BioMed Central - the libraries pay a membership fee to BioMed Central (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 APCs. The "Corresponding Author," as defined by Elsevier, must be affiliated with UF. Discounts for Hybrid journals are 10%, and discounts for Gold journals are 15% off the APC list price. Find Elsevier APC list prices here: Cell Press, The Lancet, and certain society press titles are excluded from this pilot program. The discounts will be automatically applied to the publishing options offered by Elsevier once the corresponding author indicates an affiliation with UF. More information about OA publishing with Elsevier can be found here:   

The full-text of the Libraries' agreement 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.  Article Processing Charges (APCs) for UF authors are then waived.

Luminos - the libraries support this 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.  UF authors receive a 10% discount on APCs.

MDPI - the libraries support this Open Access publisher as an institutional participant and UF authors receive a 10% discount on APCs. 

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

Open Library of the Humanities - APCs are waived in Open Library of the Humanities journals such as Glossa thanks to the Libraries' membership.

Royal Society - the libraries pay a membership fee to the Royal Society and UF authors receive a 25% discount on APCs for all Royal Society journals.

SCOAP3 - the Libraries are a SCOAP3 partner.  This partnership allows the Libraries to transfer our subscription costs for individual physics journals to fund SCOAP3, which in turn makes these journals open access.


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.


If you have questions about this or other open access topics, please contact:
A librarian with expertise is this area will respond to your questions as soon as possible.
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