Discounts & Funding for Open Access Publishing

UCSF authors are eligible for discounts on article processing charges (APCs) for open access (OA) publication in many journals, as well as on publication charges for selected book publishers.

Publication discounts for journals

Click the publisher or journal name below for more information on the discount or subsidy available to UCSF authors.

Publisher or Journal Discount Available

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)(all journals, proceedings, and magazines)

100% (no cost to UC corresponding authors)

BMC (BioMed Central) - see Springer Nature

see Springer Nature
Cambridge University Press (all journals with an OA option) 30% discount and first $1000 covered.  Remainder covered for unfunded authors.
Company of Biologists (all journals) 10% discount and the first $1000 covered. Remainder covered for unfunded authors.
Elsevier
(most journals; see covered list. Coverage for Cell Press and some Lancet titles to be added later.)
15% discount (10% for Cell Press and The Lancet) and the first $1000 covered. Remainder covered for unfunded authors.
JMIR Publications (all journals) First $1000 covered. Remainder covered for unfunded authors. Use @ucsf.edu email address.
MDPI (all journals) 10% - Select UCSF during manuscript submission
Microbiology Society (all journals) 100% (no cost to UCSF authors). Use @ucsf.edu email to have fee covered.
National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Reduced UC rate of $3000 for open access publishing, with no separate page charges
PLOS (all journals) First $1000 covered. Remainder covered for unfunded authors.

Springer Nature

(most journals; see Springer's Info for Authors for a downloadable list of eligible journals. Adis OA, Nature-branded, and Nature-hosted OA journals to be added later.)

First $1000 covered. Remainder covered for unfunded authors.

15% discount for BMC and SpringerOpen journals. 

See additional discounts available to all University of California authors

Publication discounts for books

Publisher Publication Cost UCSF Discount Available Source
Luminos (UC Press) $5000 title publication fee (UC) author rate 10% California Digital Library membership
Open Book Publishers ~$5000 optional (see details) 20% discount on setup charges for customized editions

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