New agreements offer no-cost publishing opportunities to U-M authors

March 3, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The U-M Library, in partnership with the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has finalized two Open Access (OA) publishing agreements that provide U-M authors with a waiver of author processing charges (APCs) to publish in select OA journals. These agreements include two specific PLOS journals (PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine) and most of the Cambridge University Press (CUP) journals. 

PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine – Community Action Publishing

U-M affiliated authors with articles being published in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine now have the opportunity to have waived open access author fees. The “community action” model is part of a new publisher agreement and took effect on Jan. 1, 2021. The full waiver applies to manuscripts for which a U-M author is the corresponding author. For manuscripts with U-M co-authors who are not the corresponding author, a reduced APC is available. An FAQ for the PLOS Community Action Publishing program is available here.

Cambridge University Press Read and Publish Agreement (select journals)

U-M corresponding authors who publish in select Cambridge University Press journals will also receive an APC waiver. When an author’s manuscript is accepted for publication in one of the included journals, the author will see a menu of options allowing them to either “seek” funding from U-M to cover open access charges or agree to be billed. They should select the option to seek funding from the university to apply the fee waiver.

Contact the library!

These agreements are in addition to other Discount APCs and funding fee deals already established by the U-M Library. 

If you have any questions about these publishing agreements, or library resources or services, including  Open Access publishing,  please contact your informationist or the Taubman Health Sciences Library (