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Open Access

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

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.

American Chemical Society - The Libraries subscribe to the complete journal package from the American Chemical Society and UF authors receive a 25% discount on APCs to make individual articles OA.

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 APCs for all BMC and Springer Open journals.

Cambridge University Press - The Libraries support this initiative by incorporating APCs into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles with no out-of-pocket costs.  

Canadian Science PublishingThe Libraries support this initiative by incorporating article processing charges into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles with no out-of-pocket costs. Read more about the submission process here 

Elsevier Science Direct - The Libraries have entered into a pilot agreement with Elsevier through December 2023 which extends a discount on article processing charges (APCs). Articles eligible for the APC discount must have been submitted after July 1, 2020.  The corresponding author must be affiliated with UF. Discounts for both Hybrid OA and Gold OA 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. Find more information about OA publishing with Elsevier here.   

Access the full-text of the Libraries' agreement with Elsevier here.

Institute of Physics -- The Libraries support this initiative by incorporating APCs into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles in eligible journals with no out-of-pocket costs.  

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development - The Libraries support this OA journal by paying an annual community support fee.  APCs for UF authors are waived as a result.

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.

Microbiology Society Publish & Read - The Libraries support this initiative by incorporating article processing charges into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles with no out-of-pocket costs.  

MIT Press Direct to Open (D2O) - The Libraries financially support this collective funding initiative that seeks to open access to all new, interdisciplinary scholarly ebooks from MIT Press starting in 2022.  UF authors can publish monographs with MIT Press with no out-of-pocket costs.  

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) - The Libraries support this OA 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 benefit from ongoing open access ebook publishing.

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

Punctum Books - Through the Libraries' sponsorship of this scholarly publisher, UF authors can publish open access books with no out-of-pocket costs. Punctum Books are openly accessible to readers around the globe. 

Rockefeller University Press Read & Publish - The Libraries support this initiative by incorporating article processing charges into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles with no out-of-pocket costs.  

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.

The Biochemical Society Read & Publish - The Libraries support this initiative by incorporating article processing charges into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles with no out-of-pocket costs.  

The Company of Biologists Read & Publish - The Libraries support this initiative by incorporating article processing charges into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles with no out-of-pocket costs.  

The Programming Historian - The Libraries' are Institutional Partners of this fully open access publication.  The Programming Historian publishes peer-reviewed tutorials around digital scholarship in English, French, and Spanish.  UF authors can publish with The Programming Historian with no out-of-pocket costs.  

The Royal Society Read & Publish - The Libraries support this initiative by incorporating article processing charges into annual subscription fees.  Through this initiative, corresponding authors at UF submit and publish open access articles with no out-of-pocket costs.  Read more about eligibility and the submission process here.  

 

Open Access Publishing Models

A variety of business and sustainability models are emerging to support open access publishing long-term. The Libraries directly support organizations, publications, and initiatives in the following ways:

Read & Publish:  A Read & Publish agreement is an agreement in which the Libraries bundle payments for reading (library users are able to access and read published content) and publishing (authors are able to publish open access with no out-of-pocket costs) into a single contract. These are referred to as "transformative" agreements in that they seek to shift library funding away from traditional subscription-based reading and toward open access publishing.  Examples include the Libraries' current agreements with Cambridge University Press and the Royal Society.

Memberships: Several content providers offer open access memberships.  The Libraries pay annual membership fees which help not only to cover publication costs associated with making content open access, but often provide discounts for UF authors who wish to publish open access.  Examples include the Libraries' current memberships with BioMed Central, Luminos, and Open Book Publishers.

Subscribe to Open: In this model, the Libraries receive a discount from publishers for annual subscription fees.  If enough libraries continue to subscribe, the publisher will make the content open access and available to non-subscribers.  An example is the Libraries' current agreement with Annual Reviews and American Institute of Physics (AIP).

Collective Funding: This model relies on collective financial support from academic institutions and organizations in order to make a collection of content open access.  Through this initiative, the libraries not only support open access publishing, but open access to scholarship for individuals around the globe.  Examples include the Libraries' support for Knowledge Unlatched.  

Library Publishing:  Library publishing is considered the set of activities led by academic and research libraries and library consortia to support the creation, dissemination, and curation of scholarly, creative, and/or educational works (definition provided by the Library Publishing Coalition). Library publishing at UF is supported by the LibraryPress@UF, which publishes born-digital scholarship, journals, conference proceedings, and community- or partner-driven scholarship and public humanities output. The LibraryPress@UF also supports UF-based open-access journals on Florida Online Journals. For more information, check out the LibraryPress@UF website or the Libraries’ Digital Partnerships & Strategies departmental website.

Questions?

Contact the Open Access Committee at openaccess@uflib.ufl.edu

UF Community: If you have any questions about publishing open access, APC discounts and waivers, or other open access topics

Publishers: If you have an OA initiative you would like the UF Libraries to consider

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