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Open Access (OA) journals provide free, online access to their articles. Peer-reviewed OA journals operate the same as traditional peer-reviewed publications, except the publication costs are borne by the author, funder, or other entity. Fully open access journals have few copyright restrictions, meaning anyone may download, distribute, and reuse the material without paying.
A "hybrid" open access journal is a subscription-based journal that allows authors to make individual articles open access by paying an article publication charge (APC). This option is often referred to as "Author Select", "Open Choice", or the like. Hybrid OA articles may have restrictions on redistribution and reuse.
|Publisher or Publication||Article Processing Charge||UCSF Discounted Amount|
|American Chemical Society |
|Up to $5,000 hybrid AuthorChoice||33% - ACS non-member |
67% - ACS member
|BioMed Central (BMC) |
(most BioMed Central journals)
|$1,450 – $2,835||$1,233 – $2,410 (15% discount) |
20% discount for reviewers
|British Journal of Cancer (Nature Publising)||$3,910 hybrid OA||$2,890 (25% discount)|
|Journal of Experimental Botany (Oxford UP)||$2,800 hybrid OA||No charge (thanks to subscription).|
|Mary Ann Liebert |
|$3,200 hybrid OA||$2,200 (31% discount)|
|Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)||$1,350 hybrid OA option (separate from page and other charges)||$1000 (25% discount)|
|Public Library of Science (PLOS)||$1,350 – $2,900||10% discount valid only for articles submitted through 12/31/2013.|
|Royal Society of Chemisty (RSC)||$1,700 - $4,250 (see chart)||Free via Gold for Gold program (through 2014)|
|SpringerOpen ||$140 - $2,080 full OA journals||$119 - $1,768 (15% discount)|
See also the UC Office of Scholarly Communication's article processing charge discount page.
Questions about OA publications? Contact us.