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Scholarly Communication

Open Access Authors Fund

Since 2009, Libraries and Cultural Resources has maintained an Open Access Authors Fund to help researchers pay for the article processing charges (APCs) on eligible open access publications. This fund has supported authors choosing to make their publications open for anyone to read.

As of October 1, 2018, the funds allocated to the Open Access Authors Fund for this fiscal year have been exhausted, and due to budget constraints will not be reinstated.  

Open Access continues to be an important value for Libraries and Cultural Resources and we continue to support it in numerous ways:

  • PRISM, our digital repository, allows authors to deposit versions of articles to make them openly accessible and compliant with funder policies on Open Access (for example the Tri-Agency Policy on Open Access to Publications)
  • Our journal hosting service provides free hosting to Open Access scholarly journals
  • Assisting academic authors in evaluating prospective publishing avenues and finding low- or no-cost ways of making works openly accessible

Libraries and Cultural Resources will continue to explore ways of supporting Open Access that are sustainable for both the University of Calgary and for the academic community globally. If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to Christie Hurrell, Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications Librarian christie.hurrell@ucalgary.ca or James Murphy, Research and Learning Librarian james.murphy2@ucalgary.ca.

 

Note about submissions to BioMedCentral and Hindawi
The Library had two pre-pay memberships with Open Access Publishers, BioMedCentral and Hindawi.  Eligible manuscripts that were submitted to these two publishers prior to October 1, 2018 but have not yet been accepted for publication will still be covered by the Fund.

Journal Subscription Discounts

Through library licensing agreements with certain publishers, APC discounts are available to University of Calgary authors interested in submitting to their open access journals:

  • Sage. 40% discount on OA publishing. Before you begin make sure the journal you’re publishing in qualifies for the discount, some do not. Once the article has been accepted you’ll be asked for payment. On this screen there is a box for a discount code. There is no universal CRKN discount code instead you have to email Sage (APCQueries@sagepub.com) to get your unique discount code.
  • Canadian Science Publishing. 50% discount. When submitting, please identify yourself as a University of Calgary researcher to qualify for the discount.
  • American Chemical Society. University of Calgary is an "ACS subscribing institution" so affiliated authors qualify for a discount.
  • PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). The University of Calgary has a site license with PNAS; as such, authors are eligible for discounted open access fees.
  • MDPI. 10% discount
  • AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). The journal Science Advances offers discounts

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