Michigan State University

We are excited to announce that we are moving to a new catalog from June 27th through the 30th. As we make this transition, some services will be affected.

  • You will still be able to check out books or other library material in person at the library.
  • Requests for pick up at circulation desks will be unavailable during this time.
  • You will have to request materials from other libraries using Get It @ MSU. Note: Borrowing from other Michigan Libraries through MelCat continues to be suspended until further notice.

To learn more information, please see our FAQ page.

How does MSU support open access publishing?

MSU supports projects in open access publishing and repositories

Open Access Journal Publishing Agreements

Under these agreements, article processing charges (APCs) are covered for MSU corresponding authors. Please note the details. Many are only for research articles, not review or other kinds of articles. Please contact Susan Kendall at the MSU Libraries with any questions.

  • Cambridge University Press. MSU corresponding authors may publish research articles open access in over 370 Cambridge University Press (CUP) gold and hybrid journals during 2021-2023 without paying article processing charges (APCs). Through the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services consortium, the MSU Libraries has signed a three-year "transformative" read-and-publish agreement with CUP to pay for those fees out of library funds.
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. From 2022-2024, publication fees are waived for MSU corresponding authors publishing open access research articles in the journals Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA, Learning & Memory, and Molecular Case Studies. This is limited funding used on a first come-first served basis. Once fees are used up for each year, normal publication fees will be charged with a 10% discount. Please check with the publisher about the status of the funds.
  • Company of Biologists (Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology). This "transformative agreement" covers an unlimited number of fee-free research articles that are accepted for publication by MSU corresponding authors in these journals during 2021-2023.
  • De Gruyter Publishing House. MSU corresponding authors may publish research articles open access in this list of De Gruyter hybrid journals and De Gruyter Open Access journals for the rest of 2022 without paying article processing fees (APCs). The MSU Libraries signed a three-year "transformative" read-and-publish agreement with De Gruyter for 2020-2022.
  • Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. The MSU Libraries is a shareholder, which means all author charges to publish open access are waived.
  • Microbiology Society: As of January 1, 2022, the MSU Libraries has a transformative agreement in place to cover unlimited open access publishing for MSU corresponding authors in all the society's journals.
  • PLOS: The MSU Libraries is participating in agreements through the Center for Research Libraries and the Big Ten Academic Alliance from January 3, 2022 - December 31, 2024 to help pilot a new business model for scholarly publishing. There is uncapped & no-fee publishing for MSU corresponding authors in PLOS Biology, PLOS Climate, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water.
  • SCOAP3/high energy physics: The MSU Libraries is a member of Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3). MSU authors can publish open access in 11 physics journals in the area of high energy physics at no cost. See FAQ on included journals
  • Wiley: The Big Ten Academic Alliance negotiated an agreement with Wiley to cover all costs of open access publishing for MSU corresponding authors of 169 articles in Wiley hybrid journals (not 100% gold OA journals) for the rest of 2022. These will be used on a first come, first served basis. After those 169 credits are used up, remaining authors will receive a 10% discount on open access publishing charges.

Open Access Journal Publishing Discounts

For the following publishers or journals, a discount is available to MSU authors because the MSU Libraries has paid a membership or maintains subscriptions. Please contact Susan Kendall at the MSU Libraries with any questions.

  • 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.
  • Cogitatio Press. Under a MSU Libraries agreement with Cogitatio Press, all article processing charges for open access publishing will be waived for MSU corresponding authors during 2020-2022
  • International Journal of Developmental Biology. The MSU Libraries subscribes to this journal which entites MSU authors to 25% discount on open access publishing fees.
  • 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.
  • Portland Press. The MSU Libraries subscribes to Portland Press journals which entitles MSU authors to discount on open access publishing fee.
  • PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. The MSU Libraries has a site license, so MSU authors pay a discounted open access publishing fee.
  • Royal Society Publishing Open Access. MSU Libraries has a Royal Society Publishing Open Access Supporter Membership: eligible MSU authors paying the article processing charges will receive a discount of 25% on the fee to publish open access.
  • SAGE Publishing. MSU Libraries participates with Midwest Collaborative for Library Services consortium to provide a 10% discount on open access publishing fees for SAGE 100% gold open access journals from 2022-2024. A few journals are excluded.
  • 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.

Open access Scholarly Monograph Publishing Funding

  • MSU is a member of the Association of Research Libraries' TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) project. Colleges and universities participating in TOME are providing at least three baseline publishing grants of $15,000 to support the publication of open access monographs. Due to budget restrictions, as of 2020, MSU's TOME award is temporarily suspended.
  • MSU is a member of Open Book Publishers (Cambridge, England) so that MSU faculty and staff receive a discount of 20% on the set-up costs incurred with the creation of OBP Customized publications.

The MSU Libraries is building and linking to open access and public domain collections