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Scholarly Communication

Journal Article Processing Charge Discounts

Through library licensing agreements with certain publishers, APC discounts are available to University of Calgary authors interested in submitting to their open access journals. Discounts range from 10% to 100%, depending on the deal and the publisher. Information is provided below on a publisher-by-publisher basis.

To publish Open Access, most publishers will ask you to choose a Creative Commons license to apply to your article. If you have any questions about this, or about any other aspect of the OA publishing process, don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Open Access Discounts/Waivers by Publisher

The University of Calgary is an "American Chemical Society subscribing institution" so affiliated authors qualify for a $250 USD discount for articles accepted until end of year 2024.

Through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, the University of Calgary is participating in a Read and Publish Deal with Cambridge University Press that allows UCalgary-affiliated researchers to publish an unlimited number of articles Open Access in Cambridge UP hybrid and gold Open Access journals at no charge. Read more about this deal on CRKN's website.

  • Who is eligible? Corresponding authors who indicate an affiliation with the University of Calgary. If your primary affiliation is an institute or centre affiliated with UCalgary, please enter both institutions (e.g. Libin Cardiovascular Institute, University of Calgary). Please also ensure that you use your @ucalgary.ca e-mail address as your corresponding address, as this is used as a secondary data point for approvals.
  • What is the timeframe? Articles accepted for publication on or after January 1, 2022 are eligible for this deal. Our current agreement with this publisher lasts until December 31, 2024.
  • What journals are eligible? All Cambridge UP hybrid and gold journals are eligible.
  • What article types are eligible? Research articles, review articles, rapid communication, brief reports, and case reports.

Step by Step Guide for publishing Open Access With Cambridge UP [PDF document]

CUP FAQs about Open Access publishing.

University of Calgary corresponding authors are eligible for a 25% discount on articles accepted in all CSP hybrid journals. When submitting, please identify yourself as a University of Calgary researcher to qualify for the discount.

As of January 1, 2023 University of Calgary corresponding authors will be able to publish an unlimited number of articles as open access in the following five journals at no charge for the duration of the agreement:

  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Canadian Journal of Physics
  • Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Genome
  • Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering.

University of Calgary-affiliated authors are eligible for a 20% discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) for both hybrid and gold open access journals.

  • Are some journals excluded from this deal? Cell Press, Lancet and some other society-owned journals are excluded. You can search to see if your target journal is included on Elsevier's website.
  • What is the timeframe for the deal? Articles submitted on or after January 1, 2021 are eligible. The deal ends December 31, 2023.

Through a "transformative agreement," UCalgary-affiliated corresponding authors can publish an unlimited number of articles Open Access at no charge to themselves.

  • Who is eligible? Corresponding authors who indicate an affiliation with the University of Calgary. Please ensure that you use your @ucalgary.ca e-mail address as your corresponding address.
  • What is the timeframe? Articles accepted between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2024 are eligible for this deal. There is no limit on the number of articles submitted by any one author.
  • What journals are included? Hybrid and gold journals are eligible. A complete list of eligible and ineligible journals is available on the CRKN website (link to Excel spreadsheet)

IOP has a visual guide for authors to submitting under a Transformative Agreement. More information is available via the CRKN website.

University of Calgary-affiliated authors are eligible for a 10% discount. When submitting, please identify yourself as a University of Calgary researcher to qualify for the discount.

Authors affiliated with the University of Calgary, publishing in hybrid RSC journals, are eligible for a 15% discount.

  • Who is eligible? Corresponding authors who indicate an affiliation with the University of Calgary. Please ensure that you use your @ucalgary.ca e-mail address as your corresponding address.
  • What is the timeframe? Articles submitted between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2024 are eligible for this deal. There is no limit on the number of articles submitted by any one author.
  • What journals are included? Hybrid journals are eligible. If you're not sure whether a particular journal falls into that category, contact us with the name of the journal.

Through the Canadian Knowledge Research Network, the University of Calgary is participating in two Open Access programs with SAGE:

  1. A "read and publish" deal with most "hybrid" open access journals (called SAGE Choice Journals) for the period 2021 to 2023. This allows University of Calgary authors publishing in all but 12 SAGE hybrid open access journals to publish papers open access at no cost to the individual. The 12 journals that are not participating can be found on the SAGE website, all others are part of the deal.
  2. A 40% discount on article publishing charges for most "gold" open access journals. Some journals are not participating in the discount program; a list of these journals can be downloaded from CRKN's website (download Excel file).
  • Who is eligible? Corresponding authors who indicate an affiliation with the University of Calgary. Please ensure that you use your @ucalgary.ca e-mail address as your corresponding address.
  • What is the timeframe? Articles accepted for publication between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2023 are eligible for this deal.

Please follow the instructions on the CRKN website to claim.

 

University of Calgary-affiliated authors are eligible for a 25% discount in T&F Open Select journals. This applies to articles accepted for publication up until December 31, 2024. Please follow the instructions on the CRKN website to claim.

Open Access Authors Fund

As of October 1, 2018, the funds allocated to the Open Access Authors Fund for this fiscal year have been exhausted, and due to budget constraints will not be reinstated.  

Open Access continues to be an important value for Libraries and Cultural Resources and we continue to support it in numerous ways:

  • PRISM, our digital repository, allows authors to deposit versions of articles to make them openly accessible and compliant with funder policies on Open Access (for example the Tri-Agency Policy on Open Access to Publications)
  • Our journal hosting service provides free hosting to Open Access scholarly journals
  • Assisting academic authors in evaluating prospective publishing avenues and finding low- or no-cost ways of making works openly accessible

Libraries and Cultural Resources will continue to explore ways of supporting Open Access that are sustainable for both the University of Calgary and for the academic community globally. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to openservices@ucalgary.libanswers.com.

 

Note about submissions to BioMedCentral and Hindawi
The Library had two pre-pay memberships with Open Access Publishers, BioMedCentral and Hindawi.  Eligible manuscripts that were submitted to these two publishers prior to October 1, 2018 but have not yet been accepted for publication will still be covered by the Fund.