Anneliese Taylor
Anneliese Taylor
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New UCSF Open Access Agreement with Cold Spring Harbor Lab Press

UCSF corresponding authors publishing peer-reviewed articles in five of Cold Spring Harbor Lab Press’ journals can now publish open access (OA) at no cost to the author. Open access ensures that published works can be read freely around the world immediately upon publication. Authors also retain copyright for their scholarly publications when they are published under an open access license.

UCSF’s new transformative agreement with the nonprofit publisher Cold Spring Harbor Lab (CSHL) Press covers both ‘read’ access to all of CSHL Press’ journals as well as OA publication in these CSHL Press journals: Genes & DevelopmentGenome ResearchLearning & MemoryRNA, and CSH Molecular Case Studies.

Key Points of the CSHL Press Agreement

  • Provides access for the UCSF community to all CSHL Press journals
  • Covers the open access publishing costs in full (100%) for UCSF corresponding authors
  • Applies to peer-reviewed research, review, and case study articles accepted for publication in the journals Genes & DevelopmentGenome ResearchLearning & MemoryRNA, and CSH Molecular Case Studies
  • There is no cap on the number of articles with UCSF corresponding authors that can receive OA fee support
  • The agreement runs from January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023
  • Authors who choose to opt out of this arrangement and to publish their articles under the subscription model must pay the journal’s standard publication fee. This fee is waived for those publishing OA.

CSHL Press’ other journals – CSH Perspectives in Biology, CSH Perspectives in Medicine, CSH Protocols, and Life Science Alliance are not included for open access publishing support under this agreement, though the journals are accessible through the Library’s payment.

This is a UCSF-specific agreement, and does not follow the UC multipayer model used for some UC transformative publisher agreements

How does the Agreement Work?

There is no change in submission procedures for authors and no change to CSHL Press’ peer review process for manuscripts. See the ‘Author Information’ link at each journal homepage. Authors should identify their UCSF affiliation during submission. Upon acceptance of a corresponding author’s paper, the author will be informed of their open access publishing options through the UCSF agreement.

Authors who accept the OA option pay no fees and submit an Open Access License to Publish form. Their work is then published under one of two open access CC BY (Creative Commons attribution) licenses chosen by the author. Authors do not need to request funding from the Library, and all transactions are through CSHL Press’ manuscript management system.

Authors who choose to publish their work under the traditional subscription model will still have to pay the journal’s standard publication fee, coined ‘article processing charge’, and sign the standard License to Publish form.

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