Western Libraries Financial Support for Open Access

This support includes institutional memberships with Open Access (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 OA Fund to pay for APCs.

Memberships that provide discounts for Article Processing Charges

Publisher Discount and Instructions
American Chemical Society

$250 USD discount for Western-affiliated authors as part of our subscription package with ACS.

The discount is applied on submission of manuscript. Authors must identify their affiliation with Western to qualify for the discount.

Cambridge University Press

No APCs for Western-affiliated authors as part of our negotiated license with Cambridge.

The discount is applied on submission of manuscript. Corresponding authors from the institutions will be identified using their official affiliated email domains. The following article types are included: research, reviews, rapid communications, brief reports, case reports.

Canadian Science Publishing

25% discount on APCs for all journals except agricultural journals as part of our negotiated license with CSP.

The discount is applied on submission of manuscript. Authors must identify their affiliation with Western to qualify for the discount.

Cogitatio Press

No APCs for Western-affiliated authors.

Authors must identify their affiliation with Western on submission of manuscript.

Elsevier 

20% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors as part of our negotiated license with Elsevier.

Authors must identify their affiliation with Western on submission of manuscript. When the article is accepted, its eligibility for the discount will be validated by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.

Institute of Physics (IOP)

There are no APCs for Western-affiliated authors as part of our negotiated license with IOP. Article types that are included are paper, special issue paper, review, and letter.

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Microbiology Society

No APCs for Western-affiliated authors as part of our negotiated license with Microbiology Society.

Corresponding authors from the institutions will be identified using their official affiliated email domains.

PeerJ

Western authors publishing for PeerJ can receive a PeerJ membership paid for by Western Libraries, which covers author APCs for 3 publications within a 3-year period.

Once your paper is accepted, visit Western's PeerJ profile to submit a claim for a 3-year membership.

PLOS

No APCs for Western-affiliated corresponding authors who publish in any PLOS journal.

Authors must identify their affiliation with Western on submission of manuscript.

Royal Society of Chemistry

15% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors as part of our negotiated license.

Memberships that support open infrastructure

SAGE

No APCs for Western-affiliated authors for most SAGE journals (all those that operate on the hybrid subscription/OA model) and 40% discount on APCs for journals published on the gold OA model (entirely funded by APCs) as part of our negotiated license with SAGE.

Authors must identify their affiliation with Western on submission of manuscript. The discount will be applied when the article is accepted. In the SAGE Open Access Portal, authors can then accept or decline to publish their article open access.

Taylor & Francis (T&F)

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

Authors should choose the open access publishing option when they submit their article. When the APC is generated, select Western from the drop-down menu of institutions and the discount will be automatically applied.

Western researchers are not required to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) in order to publish Open Access. Journals with no APCs are indexed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Memberships that support open infrastructure

Organization Description
arXiv

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

Bioline International

Provides OA to quality research journals published in developing countries.

Canadian Association of Learned Journals Supports academic journal publishing in Canada. Western Libraries' membership supports our OA 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.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, OA, peer-reviewed journals.

Erudit

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 OA.

Library Publishing Coalition 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) 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 A UK-based OA publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our membership provides free e-book downloads and discounted prices for all titles.
Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) OLH supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines. OLH does not charge any author fees. Western Libraries' membership goes towards OLH costs.
ORCID ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier (an ORCID iD) for researchers. Western Libraries is a member of ORCID through ORCID-CA, the ORCID Consortium in Canada.
PhilPapers

An index and bibliography of philosophy with the largest OA archive for this subject area.

Public Knowledge Project

Develops free open source software, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), which Western Libraries uses to provide OA journal publishing.

Readalyc Amelica

An Open Access journal index and article-hosting platform for scholarly Open Access journals published in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal. Redalyc includes journal quality assessment processes, full-text articles' hosting, automatic editorial workflow, technology, metrics, and author-level services.

Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)

SCOAP3 converts high-quality subscription journals in High-Energy Physics to OA journals by redirecting subscription costs.

SPARC A global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education.
The Programming Historian The Programming Historian was founded in 2008 by William J. Turkel and Alan MacEachern, both professors of history at Western University. It is a volunteer-led initiative that publishes and disseminates novice-friendly, peer-reviewed publications and tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching. Content is published in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Through its institutional partnership, Western supports the creation and dissemination of globally focused open scholarship.
Ubiquity Press An OA publisher of peer-reviewed academic journals, books, and data. Our membership supports OA 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 must be relevant to Western's researchers.
  • 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 of the membership also provides APC discounts for fully OA 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.

More information is available in our Open Access Materials Policy.

Email Courtney Waugh to suggest a membership or initiative.