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 currently

  • invests in programs with publishers and publications that provide UMN-affiliated authors with a discount on APCs,
  • supports open access infrastructure, and
  • supports organizations that promote and provide essential infrastructure to facilitate the transition to open access

APC discounts

The Libraries supports memberships with publishers and publications that provide UMN-affiliated authors with a discount on APCs. Membership models and APC discounting programs may be subject to change at any time, so check the publishers' website before submitting. You can check in with your subject specialist librarian if you have questions about a particular partnership.

BMC BMC publishes a wide-ranging portfolio of open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journals in areas including biology and medicine, social sciences, and philosophy. See the full list of titles by discipline. University of Minnesota is a member of BMC and authors can receive a discount on the article processing charge. See BMC's website for more information on how to obtain this discount
American Chemical Society (ACS) As subscribers to the All Publications package, UMN-affiliated authors are eligible for a $250 discount on APCs.  UMN-affiliated authors who are members of ACS receive an additional $250 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 openaccess@umn.edu for help with this.
Intellect  The Libraries subscribe to an Intellect Tailored Journals Collection, which entitles UMN-affiliated authors a 20% discount on APCs.  
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.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The Libraries' subscription to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences allows UMN-affiliated authors a discounted open access fee of $1,150 for a CC BY-NC-ND license. Note that all articles are free to read six months of publication.
Royal Society Membership with the Royal Society provides UMN-affiliated authors with a 25-percent discount on article processing charges. The discount will apply to articles submitted after October 1, 2019. Follow the prompts in the submission system to indicate membership.
Science Advances University-affiliated authors are eligible for a 5% discount on the APC for Science Advances.
SpringerOpen SpringerOpen publishes a wide-ranging portfolio of open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journals in areas including science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences. See the full list of titles by discipline. University of Minnesota is a member of SpringerOpen and authors can receive a discount on the article processing charge.
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.

Support for scholarly-owned infrastructure

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:

Suggestions?

Have you heard of an open access project that you would like the University Libraries to support?  Please share your ideas on how we can promote open access by contacting us at openaccess@umn.edu!

 

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