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 APCs for all journals except agricultural journals. This discount is part of our negotiated license with CSP.

Cogitatio Press

No APCs for Western-affiliated authors.


10% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors.


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

Taylor & Francis

25% discount on APCs in T&F Open Select journals for Western-affiliated authors. This discount is part of our negotiated license with Taylor & Francis.

Memberships that support open infrastructure

Organization Description

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.


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 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.

Faculty of 1000

F1000 Research is an open access publishing platform that uses an open peer review process. It also supports data deposit and sharing.

Library Publishing Coalition

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

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). Our membership supports the growth of high-quality ETD repositories and supports harvesting Western’s ETDs into the NDLTD Union Catalog, thereby increasing their visibility.

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.


Western Libraries is a member of ORCID through ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) for researchers.


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.


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.


SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education.

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 that provide APC discounts for hybrid journals will not be considered, even if the membership also provides APC discounts for fully open access journals. Hybrid journals are those that require a subscription to access all content but make individual articles openly available when an APC is paid.

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.
Please feel free to suggest a membership or initiative for us to consider.