There are many ways to make a work openly available that do not require authors to pay any fees! You may:
- Select publishers that allow authors to deposit final manuscripts or final formatted articles in scholarly repositories, such as the University Digital Conservancy or an appropriate disciplinary repository. For more information, including a link to a database of publisher policies, see https://www.lib.umn.edu/openaccess/approaches-open-access.
- Negotiate to retain your copyrights, including the right to openly share post-publication. See https://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/manage-your-rights.
- Contact your subject specialist librarian to discuss specific alternatives in your discipline. List of specialist librarians by subject area: https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/selectors
If you are an author who has already been accepted to a publication that charges an Article Processing Charge (APC) for all articles, you may be able to seek a waiver from the publisher after indicating that there are no institutional funds available.
Also consider choosing a journal with which the University has a relationship that provides a discount on APCs.
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