Michigan State University

How does MSU support open access?

Note that "open access" in this case refers to publishing scholarly output.  See these other library web pages for MSU support of publishing open textbooks and other open educational resources.

MSU librarians can advise on publication options

MSU supports projects in affordable publishing, repositories, and advocacy organizations

Some MSU memberships provide discounts to authors on journal article processing fees

As an MSU researcher, most of the time you will need to pay the fee for publishing your open access article yourself or from your grant. For the following publishers or journals, a discount is available to MSU authors because the MSU Libraries has paid a membership or maintains subscriptions:

  • American Chemical Society Journals Author Choice.  Because the MSU Libraries is an "all ACS publications subscribing institution", MSU authors receive a discount if they wish to pay a fee to publish their articles open access.  Even larger discounts apply if the MSU author is also a personal member of ACS.  See AuthorChoice pricing information.
  • BMJ Case Reports.  MSU has an institutional fellowship with this journal, allowing MSU faculty, residents, and students to publish for no charge.   To qualify, please contact librarian Iris Kovar-Gough for MSU's BMJ Fellowship Code.
  • Nucleic Acids Research Open Access Initiative.  The MSU Libraries maintains an institutional membership for the Oxford University Press open access journal Nucleic Acids Research which reduces the page charges for MSU authors to publish there.
  • Science Advances (AAAS).  MSU authors receive a 15% discount to publish in the gold open access Science Advances journal because the MSU Libraries maintains subscriptions to the other 3 AAAS journals. MSU authors should provide the number 02526387 upon acceptance of their papers to have the discount applied. 

*Note:  As of July 1, 2018, the MSU Libraries is no longer a member of BioMed Central, so MSU authors will not receive a discount on their article processing fees with that publisher.  Any questions about this change can be directed to Steve Sowards at the MSU Libraries. 

Some MSU memberships provide discounts to authors publishing scholarly monographs

The MSU Libraries is building and linking to open access collections

  • The Gerald M Kline Digital and Multimedia Center digitizes and makes accessible special parts of the MSU Libraries collections that are in the public domain.
  • Participation in the HathiTrust and GoogleBooks projects to digitize public domain works such as out-of-copyright books and government documents.
  • Adding open access materials to our collections and catalog.
    • All publications listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals are added to the MSU library catalog.
    • Open access books published on the JSTOR platform are added to the MSU library catalog. 
    • Linking to other original open access materials will be pursued based on subject-specific collection development policies. Talk to your subject librarian about adding your original open access materials to our library catalog or web pages.