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
- Negotiate to retain your copyrights, including the right to openly share post-publication. See 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: 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.