Western Libraries Financial Support for Open Access

Western Libraries supports open access (OA) to research outputs in a variety of ways. This support includes institutional memberships with OA publishers or organizations that develop open infrastructure. Memberships with publishers often provide a discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC) for Western's researchers.

We no longer provide an Open Access Fund to pay for APCs. For more about this decision, see the Western Libraries Open Access Fund page.

Memberships that provide discounts for Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Publisher Discount
American Chemical Society

250 USD discount for Western-affiliated authors. This discount is included in our subscription package with ACS.

BioMed Central

15% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors.

Cambridge University Press

20% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors. This discount is part of our negotiated license with Cambridge.

Canadian Science Publishing

50% discount on their standard APC rate of $3,000, reducing the fee to $1,500. No discount on other APC rates. This discount is part of our negotiated license with CSP.

Cogitatio Press

No APCs for Western-affiliated authors.

MDPI

10% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors.

SAGE

40% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors. This discount is part of our negotiated license with SAGE. Contact rsclib@uwo.ca for instructions on how to receive the discount.

Memberships that support open infrastructure

Organization Description
arXiv

Western Libraries is a supporting member of arXiv.org, the preprints database for physics, math, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics.

Bioline International

Bioline International provides open access to quality research journals published in developing countries.

Canadian Association of Learned Journals

CALJ supports academic journal publishing in Canada. Western Libraries' membership supports our open access journal publishing.

Canadiana Online

Western Libraries supports Canadiana Online through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). Our contributions support CRKN's work to remove the subscription paywall for Canadiana content and improve discovery of the content.

DOAJ

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Erudit

Erudit is a Canadian publisher and disseminator of Social Sciences and Humanities publications. Western Libraries also supports Erudit's Partnership for Open Access, which provides continuous financial support to Canadian publishers in transition toward complete open access.

Library Publishing Coalition

The LPC is an independent, community-led association of academic and research libraries and library consortia engaged in scholarly publishing.

Open Book Publishers

Open Book Publishers is a UK-based open access publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our membership provides free ebook downloads and discounted prices for all titles.

Open Library of the Humanities

The Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines. OLH does not charge any author fees; Western Libraries' membership goes towards OLH costs.

PhilPapers

PhilPapers is an index and bibliography of philosophy, and it is the largest open access archive in philosophy.

Public Knowledge Project

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) develops free open source software, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), which Western Libraries uses to provide open access journal publishing.

SCOAP3

The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics converts high-quality subscription journals in High-Energy Physics to open access journals by redirecting subscription costs.

Ubiquity Press

Ubiquity Press is an open access publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals, books, and data. Our membership supports open access to their content, and provides better access for Western's researchers through MARC records and COUNTER reports.

Criteria for Open Access Memberships

Western Libraries will consider memberships or other financial support for OA initiatives that meet these criteria:

  • Membership should send a clear message of support for making research more open
  • The subjects covered by the initiative must be relevant to Western's researchers
  • The initiative should adhere to best practices for scholarly publishing, such as those provided by DOAJ, COPE, and OASPA.
  • For memberships that relate to APCs, the membership should provide good value for money; for example, a reasonable fee based on the number of articles that Western's researchers publish.
  • Memberships to open initiatives from hybrid publishers will not be considered. Hybrid publishers are those that use a closed-access model of publishing for some of their journals and an OA model for other journals.

Special consideration will be given to:

  • Venues in which Western's researchers are contributing or publishing
  • Initiatives that support researchers in traditionally under-funded disciplines, such as the humanities or social sciences
  • Initiatives that have transparent business models

To suggest a membership or initiative for us to consider, please email us at rsclib@uwo.ca.