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Open Access : Journals that Offer Discounts or Waivers for Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Journals that Offer Discounts or Waivers for Article Processing Charges (APCs)

The Washington University Open Access Resolution, passed in 2011, encourages faculty to make their journal articles freely and easily available to the world community. Publishing journal articles with an Open Access license is one way to promote accessibility. To help support faculty authors, Washington University Libraries and Becker Medical Library have memberships or agreements with publishers and select journal titles that provide discounted article processing charges (APCs) for open access publications or for some publishers, a waiver from APCs. Other discounts are available for authors with personal memberships to organizations. Faculty authors who are members of organizations that publish journals should check with the journal to confirm discounts or waiver of APCs for members.

Journal/Publisher Fee Link WU or WUSM Status

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Corresponding authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a waiver of APCs for works published in ACM publications (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2025). Authors who do not wish to publish their work under an open access license may opt out and publish their work as subscription-only. ACM Open WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
American Chemical Society (ACS)  Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on APCs for open access articles. Additional discounts apply if authors are ACS members. ACS Author Choice WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
Bioscientifica Corresponding authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on APCs for open access articles published by Bioscientifica journals: Journal of Endocrinology; Journal of Molecular Endocrinology; Endocrine-Related Cancer; European Journal of Endocrinology; and Reproduction. Bioscientifica's Open Access Policy WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
BMJ Case Reports Authors from a subscriber institution (Institutional Fellowship subscriber) are entitled to a waiver of APCs for case reports (including color charges). BMJ Case Reports Fees WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions. Please complete this form to obtain the Fellowship Code for BMJ.
Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Corresponding authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a waiver of APCs for open access articles published in Cambridge University Press journals (January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023). Some publication types are not eligible for the discount. See the “Article types not covered by transformative agreements” section on Article Types Definitions. Authors will be required to sign a Creative Commons license when submitting a manuscript for peer review. See: Cambridge Creative Commons Licenses.

Cambridge Open Access Waivers and Discounts (please enter Washington University to find the list of eligible journals).

WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press   Corresponding authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a waiver of APCs for open access articles (CC-BY 4.0) published in Genes & Development; Genome Research; RNA; Learning and Memory; and Molecular Case Studies. This option applies only to original research articles; not reviews, editorials, and analyses. The funding for the full waiver is limited and subject to a first-come, first-serve basis each calendar year. After the full waiver funding reaches its limit, authors will receive a 10% discount for APCs for open access articles. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press Transformative Agreements WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
Elsevier Corresponding authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a 25% discount on APCs for open access articles. Eligible titles include Elsevier-owned journals, with the exception of Cell Press and The Lancet, and certain society titles.  (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023)

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Elsevier Discounts on APC guide

WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
International Journal of Developmental Biology Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on APCs for open access articles. Subscription Information WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
Microbiology Society Corresponding authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a waiver of APCs for open access articles under a Publish and Read agreement. Authors will be required to sign a Creative Commons license when submitting a revised manuscript during peer review. Microbiology Society Publish and Read Journey WU and WUSM are Publish and Read subscriber institutions.
Open Library of Humanities Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a waiver of APCs. List of Journals WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
Policy Press Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a 20% discount on APCs for open access articles. Open Access Options with Policy Press WU and WUSM authors may use customer number (CU-0028017) to obtain a discount.
Portland Press Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on APCs for open access articles from select journal titles. Portland Press WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on APCs for open access articles. PNAS Open Access Option WU and WUSM are subscriber institutions.
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Society for Endocrinology Journals Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on APCs for open access articles. List of Society for Endocrinology Journals WU and WUSM are member institutions.

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