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How does MSU support open access publishing?

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MSU supports open access publishing projects, tools, and repositories

MSU Libraries supports several journals and e-book packages with the "Subscribe to Open" model

The "Subscribe to Open" model for open access publishing opens up entire collections of books or volumes of journals to the world with money paid by library "subscriptions". This model is more equitable in that it does not distinguish between authors/institutions who can pay and those who can't, but the opening up is done in bulk rather than by the individual article.  Note this list does not indicate any waivers for MSU author publishing fees with these particular publishers.  

Open Access Journal Publishing Agreements

The MSU Libraries has negotiated Read and Publish agreements that cover the article processing charges (APCs) for MSU corresponding authors to publish open access. Some are only for research articles, not review or other kinds of articles, but please check details. (Sometimes there will be other fees, such as for color images, that are not covered.)  

This list is comprehensive and kept up to date.  If a publisher is not listed on this page, there is no agreement or library funding for APCs with that publisher at this time.

Questions?  Refer to the FAQ or contact Susan Kendall, Head of Collection Strategies at the MSU Libraries, with any questions.

  • American Chemical Society (ACS).  MSU Corresponding authors can publish open access for no cost to them in ACS hybrid journals and many open access journals thanks to a Read and Publish agreement through the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services for 2024-2026.  Please see the link for instructions and for which journals are included. 
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)  .  The MSU Libraries has an agreement with ACM for unlimited open access publishing of research, review, and conference proceedings papers by MSU corresponding authors.  ACM is committed to transitioning to 100% open access by 2026. 
  • Biochemical Society (Portland Press).  The BTAA has a three year Read and Publish agreement for 2024-2026 (starting November 2023) so that MSU corresponding authors may publish unlimited open access articles in all of their hybrid and gold open access journals.  
  • BMJ. The MSU Libraries has signed a three year Read and Publish agreement for 2023-2025 so that MSU corresponding authors may publish unlimited primary research articles (including research protocols and case reports) open access for no cost to them in all BMJ journals, including the BMJ, BMJ Case Reports, hybrid, and gold open access journals. To publish in the Case Reports you must also request our fellowship code from Chana Kraus-Friedberg.
  • Cambridge University Press. The MSU Libraries (with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services) has signed agreements for 2021-2023 and 2024-2026 so that MSU corresponding authors may publish research articles open access in over 370 Cambridge University Press (CUP) gold and hybrid journals for no cost to them.  MSU Libraries also supports the Cambridge Open Equity Initiative to help authors in low- and middle-income countries who wish to publish open access but do not have access to funding.
  • 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 The MSU Libraries has signed a Read and Publish agreement to cover open access publishing fees for an unlimited number of articles that are accepted for publication in all their journals by MSU corresponding authors during 2024-2026 (following an agreement for 2021-2023).
  • De Gruyter Publishing House. The MSU Libraries signed read-and-publish agreements with De Gruyter for 2020-2022 and for 2023-2025. The current agreement covers open access publishing by MSU corresponding authors almost all of their gold and hybrid journals.  The few exceptions are journals that allow no open access publishing at all. 
  • Future Science. The MSU Libraries has an agreement with Future Science for 2024-2026 for MSU corresponding authors to publish open access in any of their journals for all article types except drug evaluation articles and articles funded by pharma/biotech.  
  • The International Journal of Developmental Biology.  MSU Libraries has a Read & Publish membership that allows MSU corresponding authors to publish open access for no cost to them.  
  • IOP (Institute of Physics). The Big Ten Academic Alliance has signed a Read and Publish agreement to cover unlimited open access publishing by MSU corresponding authors for eligible IOP journals (not including AAS) for 2023-2025.
  • 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.
  • Oxford University Press: The MSU Libraries has signed an three year Read and Publish agreement for 2023-2025 to cover unlimited open access publishing by MSU corresponding authors for research articles, review articles, case reports or brief report articles in most hybrid and gold open access journals. See list of eligible 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 Complex Systems, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Mental Health, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water.  See this video:  Submitting in Editorial Manager for APC-free publishing
  • Portland Press.  See Biochemical Society (above)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry.  MSU Libraries has an agreement with RSC for 2024-2026 (including articles submitted Oct-Dec 2023) for unlimited open access publishing of all articles types for MSU corresponding authors in both hybrid and gold OA journals.
  • Royal Society Publishing. MSU Libraries has an agreement with the Royal Society for 2023 and 2024 to cover open access publishing by MSU corresponding authors for all article types in all their journals.
  • RSNA (Radiological Society of North America): MSU Libraries has an agreement for unlimited open access publishing in 2023 and 2024 by MSU corresponding authors in Radiology, Radiology: Artificial Intelligence, Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, and Radiology: Imaging Cancer.
  • 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
  • Taylor & Francis:  MSU Libraries has an agreement for open access publishing of research and review articles (see list of article types included and excluded) by MSU corresponding authors in both hybrid Open Select or gold open access journals from 2024-2026.
  • Wiley: The Big Ten Academic Alliance has a Read & Publish agreement with Wiley to cover unlimited open access publishing in Wiley hybrid and gold open access journals for MSU corresponding authors for 2023-2025.

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.

  • 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
  • IGI Global.MSU’s Open Access Partnership with IGI Global offers MSU authors an automatic 5% discount on open access processing charges, applicable across all of their journals as well as book chapters.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • IGI Global.MSU’s Open Access Partnership with IGI Global offers MSU authors an automatic 5% discount on open access processing charges for book chapters (as well as journal articles--see above).

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