Open Access and Scholarly Communications: Finding Author Support


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.

The discount with Biomed Central will end on June 1, 2021.  

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ offers Institutional Fellowships, giving all faculty, staff and students within your institution the freedom to submit as many cases as they like as well as access to and reuse of all the published material.  UNC participates in the Institutional Fellowship program with free case report submission, at no cost to UNC faculty, staff, fellows, residents, and students.   Please contact with your UNC contact email information to receive the UNC fellowship information for publication.

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 Botany

The International Journal of Developmental Botany 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.

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. 

PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine

PLOS Community Action Partnership FAQ

UNC Chapel Hill Libraries is a partner in PLOS new Community Action Partnership (CAP).

What is the Community Action Partnership?

CAP is a model that allows partners to pay an annual fee for open access publishing in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine. The fee is calculated based on past publishing trends by UNC Chapel Hill authors. The fee is paid once a year by UNC Libraries on behalf of all authors at UNC Chapel Hill. All publishing by UNC Chapel Hill authors is covered by this fee.

Who is eligible?

All UNC Chapel Hill faculty, staff and student corresponding authors, whose articles are accepted by PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine are eligible for funding, regardless of the affiliations of co-authors. Any article co-authored by a UNC author who is not the corresponding author is eligible to receive a 25% discount.

What is covered?

The CAP annual fee covers publishing costs for all UNC Chapel Hill corresponding authors. No article processing charges (APCs) will be charged by PLOS to UNC Chapel Hill corresponding authors. There are no limits on articles published.

How do authors receive funding?

Once an article is submitted and accepted to PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine, it will automatically receive funding, as long as, the corresponding author is a UNC Chapel Hill affiliate. Authors do not have to request funding or communicate in any way with the Libraries in order to be eligible.

UNC authors who are not the corresponding author, should communicate eligibility for a 25% discount to the corresponding author.

What are the publishing terms?

Manuscripts accepted by PLOS for publication will be published under Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0.

What information will PLOS share with the UNC Libraries?

On a monthly basis, PLOS will share reports with UNC Libraries that list the accepted manuscripts, including author, article & journal titles, submission date and Journal ISSN. Annually, PLOS will share a public report with this information for the entire community. PLOS will also provide UNC Libraries access to usage data for its titles.

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.

Sage Publishing

Under a novel agreement with Sage Publishing, part of the subscription fees that the Library will pay for SAGE content beginning in 2020 will cover the costs of open access publishing for a number of UNC-Chapel Hill authors in participating SAGE journals. This comes at no additional cost to the Library and will preserve access to all content that the Library currently licenses from SAGE.  Up to 64 authors per year will have the $2500 APC (article processing charge) paid for in participating Sage journals in order to have the article available open access.

Articles covered by this agreement will be fully open and will also undergo the same peer review and editing process as other scholarly articles from SAGE.

The pilot agreement will also allow Carolina-affiliated SAGE authors to deposit copies of their articles in the Carolina Digital Repository. The repository is an open access home that the Library operates to preserve and share work produced at the University.

Instructions:  Once an article has been accepted for publication by a Sage journal, please select the open access option in the author contract to proceed with the process of the UNC APC waiver.

Please click on the file link below to view the Sage journal titles participating in the UNC/Sage APC deal.

For questions, please contact

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