The University of Minnesota Libraries support open access by providing information and support to individual authors, and publishing infrastructure to UMN-affiliated publications - but we also support open access in a number of other ways. The Libraries are members of a number of organizations working on various issues related to open access, providing support financially, through contributions of staff time and expertise, and in other collaborations. In a few cases, publishers provide programs in which our institutional membership fees are used to provide discounts on author publishing charges. Because membership models, especially for publisher programs, vary quite a bit over time, we don't list the specific author benefits of each membership. You can check in with your subject specialist librarian if you have questions about a particular partnership.

The Libraries make financial contributions to support open access.

The Libraries support a number of publishers and publications that provide UMN-affiliated authors with a discount on article processing charges.

BioMed Central (BMC) BioMed Central(BMC) publishes a portfolio of open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journals in biology and medicine. University of Minnesota is a member of BMC and authors can receive a discount on the article processing charge. See BioMed Central's website for more information on how to obtain this discount. 
Electrochemical Society (ECS) The Electrochemical Society (ECS) publishes eight serials, ECS Proceedings Volumes, Monographs, and hosts ECSarXiv. ECS is strongly committed to making their research open access. Authors from the University of Minnesota Libraries are able to publish their articles with no cost. Contact for help with this.
JMIR Publications JMIR Publications publishes 26 health science journals, including the Journal of Medical Internet Research. They publish their articles open access, in HTML format. As a Bronze-level member, University of Minnesota-affiliated readers have free access to PDFs of the journal articles.
Journal of Experimental Botany As an institutional subscriber, articles authored by UMN researchers can be made open access at no charge.
MDPI University of Minnesota-affiliated authors receive a 10% discount on MDPI article processing charges. MDPI publishes over 200 peer-reviewed, open access journals across many disciplines.
Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) University of Minnesota participates in the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3). Through SCOAP3, authors affiliated with the University can publish in 11 open access journals in the area of high energy physics at no cost.
Open Book Publishers The Libraries supports Open Book Publishers, which publishes academic monographs, edited volumes, textbooks and reports in humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Authors submit their manuscript to a rigorous peer review process and, if accepted, the monograph will be published open access at no cost to the authors.
TOME / Digital Publishing in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences initiative TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) supports open access editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.
CLA faculty authors must first submit their manuscripts to one of the participating AAU presses. See the CLA Neighborhood website for more information. 
Other available discounts Occasionally, publishers offer limited discounts on open access/article process charges. UMN authors are encouraged to ask their publishers if there are any available discounts.


We also help make content open through our memberships with:

And we support organizations that promote and provide essential infrastructure to support the transition to open access:

Questions or comments about open access issues at the University of Minnesota, and in general, can be directed to