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Publish Open Access Articles with UCSF Discounts

Publish with UCSF Discounts

Open Access (OA) journals provide free, online access to their articles. They are peer-reviewed to the same extent as subscription journals. OA journals cover costs through article publication charges (APCs) or subsidies from some 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 when a traditional subscription-based journal allows authors to make individual articles open access by paying an 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.

UCSF Discounts on Article Publication Charges for OA Journals, July 2013

Publisher or PublicationNormal Article Publication FeeUCSF Discounted Fee
American Chemical Society
(subscribed journals)
$3,000 hybrid AuthorChoice$2,000 - ACS non-member $1,000 - ACS member
BioMed Central
(all BioMed Central journals)
$955 – $2,402$812 – $2,044 (15% discount)
Mary Ann Liebert
(subscribed journals)
$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$1,215 – $2,610 (10% discount)
Royal Society of Chemisty (RSC)$1,500 - $3,800 (see chart)Free via Gold for Gold program (2013 pilot)
$665 - $1,996 full OA journals$565 - $1,697 (15% discount)

Search the Directory of Open Access Journals to find thousands of other quality, peer-reviewed OA journals. See this guide to assessing publisher quality.

Other hybrid publishers include American Society for Microbiology, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, JoVE, Nature, SAGE, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.

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