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Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Finding Author Support

AAAS

AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) offers a 15% discount off of Article Processing Charges for UNC affiliated authors when they act as the Corresponding Author. While the UNC affiliated author does not need to be First Author, they must act as the point of contact for the publisher in relation to the article submitted. This applies for their OA title, Science Advances.

American Chemical Society (ACS) AuthorChoice and Author Rewards

ACS AuthorChoice facilitates unrestricted open access to the final published article, the Version of Record, for a one-time fixed payment. Authors at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible for publication fee discounts. ACS AuthorChoice provides a 25% discount for UNC authors, and an additional 50% off the already discounted price for ACS individual members at UNC-CH.

ACS Author Rewards is an open access stimulus program which gives two rewards, worth $750 each (a total value of $1,500) for each article published in an ACS journal in 2014.  There is no limit to the number of rewards an author can earn. Redeem your ACS Author Rewards from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017.

Published corresponding authors will receive an email containing their ACS Author Rewards in the form of a promotional code. Rewards can be redeemed against the cost of any ACS AuthorChoice option to make articles openly available. Use your ACS Author Rewards to comply with a funder’s open access requirements or to support global public access for your published article.

Biochemical Society (Biochemical Journal and Biochemical Society Transactions)

The Biochemical Society's Opt2Pay program offers authors the opportunity to pay to have their publications in Biochemical Journal and Biochemical Society Transactions made open access under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is cited appropriatelyAuthors at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible for a $500 discount (off of $3500, approximately 15% discount) on publication fees. 

BioMed Central

BioMed Central publishes 274 peer-reviewed open access journals in Science,Technology and Medicine. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is a Supporter Member affording authors a 15% discount on the article-processing charges in any BioMed Central journal.

Once an article is accepted for publication, authors should identify themselves as members of our institution. If authors are submitting this information within UNC-CH IP range, they should be automatically recognized as institutional members. However, researchers will need to manually state their affiliation to UNC-CH when submitting outside of our IP range.

British Journal of Cancer

The British Journal of Cancer's BJC OPEN initiative offers authors of accepted papers the choice to pay a fee in order for their articles to be made freely available online immediately upon publication. Authors at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible for a 25% discount on publication fees. 

Chemistry Central

Chemistry Central is the open access chemistry platform from Springer Science+Business Media, committed to the free and widespread dissemination of chemical research. Chemistry Central levies an article-processing charge to cover the cost of the publication process and authors publishing with Chemistry Central retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly citedUNC-CH is a Supporter Member which means that UNC-CH authors receive a 15% discount on the article-processing charge. 

Electrochemical Society

The Electrochemical Society offers UNC-CH authors unlimited article credits providing a 100% discount on publication fees. When you submit your paper, select Author Choice Open Access and indicate that you come from a subscribing institution. Journals eligible for open access include:

  • Journal of The Electrochemical Society
  • ECS Electrochemistry Letters
  • ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
  • ECS Solid State Letters
  • Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters

Authors can choose between the CC-BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is cited appropriately, or the CC BY–NC–ND license, which places similar restrictions on usage as the publisher does in the traditional copyright arrangement. It limits use to non-commercial use (—NC), and restricts others from creating derivative works (—ND). 

F1000Research (Faculty of 1000)

F1000Research is an Open Science publishing platform for life scientists. Article processing fees are used to offset the costs of publication. UNC-CH authors publishing with F1000Research automatically receive a 10% discount due to UNC-CH's institutional subscription to F1000Prime. 

International Journal of Developmental Biology

The International Journal of Developmental Biology offers UNC-CH authors a 25% discount on publication fees due to our institutional subscription. Payment of the open access fee (1500 Euro) covers deposition of accepted papers on behalf of author in the corresponding repository (PubMed Central, etc.) without any embargo. If the author is selecting open access for compliance with a funding agency's archiving conditions, the author must provide information about the funding agency, grant number and corresponding repository once the article has been accepted for publication.

Journal of Experimental Biology (Oxford University Press)

The Journal of Experimental Biology offers UNC-CH authors a 100% discount on article process charges due to our institutional subscription. Authors are offered the open access option once their article has been accepted for publication. 

Nucleic Acids Research (Oxford University Press)

Nucleic Acids Research offers UNC-CH authors a 50% discount on article processing charges due to our institutional subscription. Authors can choose between the CC-BY license, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is cited appropriately, or the CC BY–NC–ND license, which places similar restrictions on usage as the publisher does in the traditional copyright arrangement. It limits use to non-commercial use (—NC), and restricts others from creating derivative works (—ND). Authors are offered the open access option once their article has been accepted for publication. 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) allows UNC-CH authors to pay a surcharge of $1000 (off of $1350, approximately 25% discount) to provide immediate open access to their article. PNAS automatically deposits the final, published version of all its content, regardless of funding, in PubMed Central (PMC) and makes it free at both PMC and PNAS just 6 months after publication.

Royal Society of Chemistry Gold for Gold

Gold for Gold is a program from the RSC that enables researchers to publish their paper in RSC journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article, without paying the normal Article Publication Fee (APF).

  • The RSC Gold for Gold initiative rewards all institutions that subscribe to RSC Gold with voucher codes to make papers available via OA, free of charge.
  • The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill has vouchers available by contacting the library.

To be eligible for the OA Gold for Gold publishing voucher:

  • The article must be a new, unpublished work that has received final approval for publication in a RSC journal. A voucher code cannot be used until an article has been accepted.
  • One of the authors of the article must be a current researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Vouchers will be supplied until the annual allocation from RSC has been exhausted.

To take advantage of this program the author needs to:

  • Request a voucher code by emailing kenan-library@listserv.unc.edu
  • Fill out the online application form
    • the "manuscript ID" required on the application form is the 10 digit alphanumeric part of the DOI that follows the /.  As an example: DOI: 10.1039/C4CC10159F
  • Sign a License to Publish agreement.
    • Authors may choose between the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) or the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC -BY-NC) general licenses for most of the journals.

Society for Endocrinology and European Society for Endocrinology

Select journals from the Society for Endocrinology and the European Society for Endocrinology offer UNC-CH authors a 50% discount on article processing charges due to our institutional subscriptions. These include:  

SpringerOpen

SpringerOpen offers UNC-CH authors a 15% discount on publication fees due to our institutional status as a Supporter Member. 

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