New Open Access Agreements with Major Publishers

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Western Libraries has announced new agreements with three major publishers that offer new discounts and waivers for open access journal Article Processing Charges (APCs). These new agreements are with SAGE, PLOS, and Elsevier. 

  • SAGE: No APCs for Western-affiliated authors for most SAGE journals (all those that operate on the hybrid subscription/OA model; some exceptions apply) and 40% discount on APCs for journals published on the gold OA model (entirely funded by APCs).
  • PLOS: No APCs for Western-affiliated corresponding authors who publish in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine, and 25% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated contributing authors, as part of the PLOS Community Action Publishing program.
  • Elsevier: 20% discount on APCs for Western-affiliated authors.

These agreements were negotiated by the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) on behalf of researchers at all CRKN member institutions.

To learn more, register to attend an upcoming Ins and Outs of Publishing Fees workshop. 

As part of their commitment to open access and support of the research mission of the University, Western Libraries has subscribed to several organizations that offer discounts for author processing charges for open access journals. For detailed information, please see the list of memberships.

Another way to make your research widely available is to share it in Scholarship@Western, Western’s institutional repository. There are no fees involved with this route to open access. 

If you have questions about the discounts and waivers, or if you are interested in having your work deposited in Scholarship@Western, please email

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Kueneman, Karen
Staff, 2015 Fall
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