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Some areas of the Main Library are now open 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday and 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. These areas include main-floor access to Circulation as well as our study and computing space on 1 East with access to MSU printing. As of Feb. 1st, we opened 1 West. Our total capacity at this time is 120 people. We also now have touchless lockers, where you may pick up materials. Outside of safety, our top priority is to provide access to all of our collections. We continue to offer virtual services. We also are paging materials and will continue to mail materials to faculty, staff, and students living off-campus. We encourage you to use our convenient distance services. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for more information.

How does MSU support open access publishing?

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

The Big Ten Academic Alliance and PLOS have signed an agreement for authors from Big Ten institutions to publish open access journal articles in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine for no charge.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance is participating in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program from January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2023 to help pilot a new business model for scholarly publishing. There is uncapped,& no-fee publishing for Big Ten institution authors for three years in two journals (PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine). If you have questions, please contact Steve Sowards at the MSU Libraries.

The MSU Libraries and Cambridge University Press have signed an agreement for MSU authors to publish open access journal articles for no charge.

MSU authors may publish articles open access in Cambridge University Press (CUP) journals during 2021-2023 without paying article processing charges (APCs). Through the auspices of 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. If you have questions about any part of this agreement, please contact Steve Sowards at the MSU Libraries.

The MSU Libraries and De Gruyter publishing house have signed an agreement for MSU authors to publish open access journal articles for no charge.

MSU authors may publish articles open access in this list of De Gruyter hybrid journals during 2020-2022 without paying article processing fees (APCs). The MSU Libraries has signed a three-year "transformative" read-and-publish agreement with De Gruyter to pay for those fees out of library funds. See press release. The deal includes any De Gruyter journals that are hybrid, which means not already 100% open access. For De Gruyter journals that are 100% open access, MSU authors receive a 15% discount on APCs. If you have questions about any part of this agreement, please contact Steve Sowards at the MSU Libraries.

Some other MSU Libraries memberships provide discounts to authors on open access journal article processing fees

As an MSU author, 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.
  • 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
  • De Gruyter 100% open access journals. MSU's agreement (see above) allows authors to publish in these journals with a 15% discount on author publication charges.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.