There are several types of discounts or funding support from the Library in place with numerous publishers:
- Transformative UC open access agreements with publishers provide funding support to UC corresponding authors to publish their scholarly articles open access. Most of these agreements are arranged so that the UC Libraries automatically pay the first $1000 of the article processing charge (APC). Authors with research funds pay any APC remainder and those without funds can request full funding from the Libraries. Check details on the publisher pages to find out which journals are covered.
- Discounts on open access publishing are available with many other publishers through either UC-wide agreements or UCSF-only agreements.
- UCSF’s Open Access Publishing Fund provides funding to authors who don’t have research funds for publishing articles in open access journals that are not part of a transformative UC open access agreement and for open access book publishing.
All UC authors have the academic freedom to publish where they wish and to choose either the traditional/paywalled option or the open access option. The default option for UC authors of scholarly articles with publishers we have transformative OA agreements with is open access. If the journal is a hybrid subscription/OA journal, you can opt out of the OA model and publish your article under the traditional model, which restricts readership to subscribers or pay-per-article access.
There is a wide range of open access journals with different fee levels for you to consider, and there are also OA journals that do not charge any fees. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a trusted resource for fully OA journals.
You can also make the author’s accepted manuscript (AAM) version of your article freely available per UC’s open access policies. See 'Do authors have other options for making their work open access' below.
Directly through the publisher’s manuscript submission and payment system. There is no need to apply for funds through the UCSF Open Access Publishing Fund. The publisher bills the UC Libraries centrally through their platform for all articles with a UC corresponding author. Find details about how each publisher agreement works.
Payments to publishers for ‘transformative’ OA agreements are transforming our payment from exclusively reading/subscription access to a combination of publishing and reading fees. The amount the UC Libraries pays is controlled and is based on substantial cost modeling that includes paying the OA charges for authors who request full funding due to a lack of research funds (see How does the agreement work? for the Cambridge UP deal).
Do authors have other options for making their work open access besides paying the publisher?
Yes, if you choose not to publish your article OA in the journal itself, you can make it publicly available by depositing the pre-publication author’s accepted manuscript in eScholarship instead per UC’s open access policies.
Visit our Open Access Publishing page for more information or to connect with a scholarly communication expert.