UW Libraries Investments in Open Access

Support for UW authors who publish openly

PLOS Community Action Publishing and PLOS Global Equity programs: As of May 1, 2022 UW entered into an agreement with PLOS, a nonprofit, open access publisher. The agreement covers 100% of the cost for both corresponding and contributing UW-affiliated authors publishing in the PLOS journals included in the two programs. The six PLOS journals covered under the agreement include:

  • PLOS Community Action Publishing Model: PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation.
  • PLOS Global Equity Model: PLOS Climate, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Water

ACM Open (Association for Computing Machinery): Beginning January 2022 the University of Washington (UW) entered into a transformative open access agreement with ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery. This agreement allows UW corresponding authors to make all of their research articles in the ACM Digital Library open access immediately at no cost to the author.

  • Under the default workflow process, authors will retain copyright and may select a Creative Commons license for sharing and reuse of the work.
  • Corresponding UW authors submitting research articles for publication should be sure to use their “uw.edu” email address in ACM’s online forms to ensure their article/s will be identified as eligible for the ACM Open program.

Cambridge University Press Gold and Hybrid Journals: The University of Washington and its PNW partners in the Orbis Cascade Alliance have entered into a transformative “read and publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press to promote open access publishing.  The agreement is effective January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023.

  • The agreement provides a complete waiver on all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for UW corresponding authors publishing in a Cambridge journal with an open access publishing option.
  • UW-affiliated corresponding authors must indicate their UW institutional affiliation at the time of submission. We highly recommend that authors also use their UW email address to help confirm their UW affiliation.
  • UW authors interested in publishing in Cambridge journals can find a useful overview of the agreement and how it works in the Read and Publish agreement with the Orbis Cascade Alliance.

Springer science, medicine and technology open access journals:

  • BMC (BioMed Central): UW Libraries' membership in BMC provides UW authors a 15% discount on article-processing charges.
  • SpringerOpen: UW Libraries' membership in SpringerOpen provides UW authors a 15% discount on article-processing charges for Springer's 100% Open Access journals.

MDPI: UW Libraries' membership in MDPI provides UW authors a 10% discount on article-processing charges.

Unfortunately, UW Libraries does not provide a central fund for authors' article-processing charges at this time. If your publisher or funder would like an official confirmation of this fact, please email us and we will provide you with a notice.

Support for open access publications

Annual Reviews - Subscribe to Open: Subscribe to Open is a model for transitioning paywalled journals to open access (OA) using existing library relationships and payments. UW subscribes to Annual Reviews as we always have and, when sufficient revenue is collected through its collective subscriptions, the journal is published OA.

SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics): UW Libraries' support for SCOAP3 ensures that authors pay no fees to publish in open access SCOAP3 journals, which include 10 key journals in particle physics.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: UW Libraries is a full member of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy International Association, which helps fund open access to the Encyclopedia.

Knowledge Unlatched: UW Libraries and over 380 other libraries have joined together to supports Knowledge Unlatched, an organization that works with its members to crowdfund the publication of scholarly open access scholarly monographs and journals.

Open Access Journal Hosting: UW Libraries offers journal hosting services free of charge.  Information is available for those interested in starting a new journal or migrating an existing journal to a new publishing platform and/or model.

Repository support

ArXiv: UW Libraries has been a supporter of the Sustainability Initiative since 2010.

PubMed Central (PMC): PMC is the designated public repository for peer-reviewed papers arising from NIH-funded research.  UW Libraries provides a guide to understanding and complying with the NIH Public Access Policy.

ResearchWorks Archive is the University of Washington open access institutional repository, hosted by the UW Libraries.  UW faculty and student publications can be archived and shared with the world at no charge.