Open Access Publishing

Advancing the Impact of UC Davis Research

The UC Davis Library promotes broad public access to the scholarly work of the Davis campus community, and encourages Davis authors to participate in the wider dissemination, higher visibility, and accelerated discovery of knowledge that open access publishing offers.

For any questions related to publishing agreements, open access discounts and to open access publishing in general, please contact the library’s Scholarly Communications Officer Michael Ladisch,, (530) 752 6385

Visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communication page on Open Access Publishing at UC for more, including discounts on open access publishing, eScholarship publishing, UC Press open access, and open data.

Journal articles may be published open access either in full OA journals, where all content is openly available, or hybrid journals, where a portion of the content is openly available and the remainder of the content is available by subscription only. Some publishers charge a fee, known as an Article Processing Charge (APC), for open access publication; for a full OA journal the APC is generally a requirement for publication, while for a hybrid journal the author may choose to pay an APC to make content openly available.

Some of the following discounts are obtained through UC transformative open access publishing agreements, paid memberships, negotiated institutional licenses with the publisher, or offered by the publisher in exchange for subscriptions.

Springer Nature

In June 2020, the University of California (UC) and Springer Nature announced that they have entered into a groundbreaking transformative open access agreement, the first such agreement Springer Nature has established in the United States, and the largest transformative open access agreement in North America to date.

The agreement will be implemented in two phases. In phase I, to begin January 4, 2021, a full open access workflow will be in place, through which the UC libraries will pay at least the first $1,000 toward the Article Processing Charge or APC, for all subscription and full open access titles in the Springer portion of the Springer Nature portfolio. Authors will be asked to pay the remaining APC out of research or other funding. If an author does not have research funds available to cover that difference, the UC libraries will pay the entire Article Processing Charge. Phase II starts in 2022 and involves the integration of Nature branded journals into the open access publishing part of the agreement.

For more information, see the UC Office of Scholarly Communication website.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

The University of California and the non-profit open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS) have entered an agreement that will make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish on one of the PLoS journals.

When implemented, UC libraries will pay at least $1,000 of the article processing charges (APC) for articles with a UC corresponding author. The author will be asked to pay the remainder if grant funds are available, or, if grant funds are not available, PLOS will then charge the full APC to the UC libraries.

For more details on the agreement visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communications website.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

A three year agreement (starting January 1, 2020) with ACM will enable UC authors to publish all articles and conference proceedings in ACM Digital Library immediately without any cost for the author. The article publication cost as well as the subscription to all ACM content is covered by a bulk fee that UC libraries is paying.

In addition, all UC corresponding authors can choose to retain copyright in their articles regardless of open access status, and ACM will automatically deposit a copy of all UC-authored articles, including those for which the UC author is not the corresponding author, into the UC repository eScholarship.

For more details on the agreement visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communications website.

Cambridge University Press Journals

Under an agreement between the University of California and Cambridge University Press all UC corresponding authors are offered a 30% discount on fees for open access publishing in a Cambridge journal. The UC Libraries will then pay the first $1,000 towards the discounted fee. Authors who have access to grant funding to cover the remaining amount will be asked to use these funds. For authors without grant funding, UC Libraries will pay the full fee.

The agreement includes most of Cambridge’s 400+ journals, with the exception of some society journals that don’t yet offer an open access option.

For more information visit the FAQ page for the agreement.

Frontiers Journals

UC Davis authors who publish in any of Frontier’s open access journals will enjoy a 10% discount on article processing charges (APCs) starting in 2020. For a list of Frontiers journal titles, click here.

Frontier journals are all fully open access, therefore UC Davis authors who publish on one of the journals are eligible for support through the library’s Open Access Fund.

JMIR Publications

Open access resources for evidence-based digital health research

University of California and JMIR Publications have launched a two-year partnership that will make it easier and more affordable for researchers to publish in one of JMIR’s 30+ open access journals.

UC Libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of Article Processing Charges (APC) for UC authors. The remaining charges should be paid out of grant funding. Authors who do not have research funds available can request financial assistance from the libraries for the remainder of the APC.

For details about the process see UC Office of Scholarly Communications or JIMR’s website.

MDPI Journals

Across all disciplines, 205 diverse, peer-reviewed, open access journals supported by over 35,500 academic editors

Offers a 10% discount on APCs in all MDPI journals to UC Davis authors. For a list of MDPI Journal titles, click here.

MDPI journals are all fully open access, therefore UC Davis authors who publish on one of the journals are eligible for support through the library’s Open Access Fund.

BMJ Case Reports & BMJ Veterinary Record Case Reports

For authors in human health sciences and veterinary medicine, UC Davis Library has purchased an institutional subscription (fellowship), giving all faculty, staff and students the ability to submit articles to these two BMJ case reports journals for free (no APF/article publication fees), as well as enabling access and reuse of the articles published in the journals.

Subscription (or fellowship) codes to access and submit to these journals, are available here (restricted to UC Davis faculty, students, and staff; UC Davis CAS login is required.)

Other discounts

Other discounts offered to UC authors can be found on this page.

For any questions related to these agreements and to open access publishing in general, please contact the library’s Scholarly Communications Officer Michael Ladisch,, (530) 752 6385.

The UC Davis Library maintains two funds to support the open access publication of scholarly articles, book chapters, and monographs.

The Open Access Fund supports UC Davis Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students who want to make their journal articles or book chapters free to all readers immediately upon publication. The fund provides eligible Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000 per article or chapter for open access fees for those publishing in fully open access journals or books (in which all articles or chapters are published open access).

The TOME Fund supports UC Davis Academic Senate and emeriti faculty, and Academic Federation members who wish to publish open access books. A broad list of university presses are committed to supporting this project, making many authors under contract for traditional book publication eligible to apply and instead release their books on open access terms.

Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers identify trusted journals for their research. This international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications. For more information on this, and a range of tools and practical resources visit the organization’s site.

Open access journals are peer-reviewed journals that provide free, online access to their articles. Full open access journals do not charge subscription fees to readers or libraries. Rather, they cover costs through publication fees, institutional subsidies, endowments, or sponsorships. Some open access journals do not charge author publication charges.

Where can I find OA journals to publish in?

Full vs. Hybrid Open Access Journals

There are two types of open access journal publication models: full and hybrid. The UC Davis Library’s Open Access Fund program can only offer reimbursement for publications in full open access journals (journals in which all articles are published open access). The fund cannot provide reimbursement for a publication in a hybrid open access journal – where a publisher charges the Library for a subscription to access its non-open access articles, and then requires the author to an APC on top of the fee the Library already pays in order to make an article open access. This is because the Library would be paying twice: once for the subscription, and again for an author publishing in the journal. Unfortunately, the Library does not have funds to support double payments.

If you are unsure of whether a journal you are considering is full or hybrid, please contact us at

Deciding Between Publishing in Full vs. Hybrid Open Access Journals
As mentioned above, the UC Davis Open Access Fund is available for publishing in full open access journals only. If you want to publish open access in a hybrid journal, you will not be eligible for this fund. Fortunately, the UC has been able to negotiate discounts off of many APCs through our membership and license agreements – for both full and hybrid open access journals. See UC Publishing Discounts directly below.

UC Publishing Discounts
For more information please see our UC-wide list of publisher discounts.

There are currently thousands of open access journals, and more are becoming open access every day. The Directory of Open Access Journals is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access peer-reviewed journals. Such journals include:

Open access journals are also available through BioMed Central and Open Humanities Press. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association maintains a list of member publishers.

Open access monographs are peer-reviewed books that are freely accessible online. Like full open access journals, publishers of open access books do not charge subscription fees to readers or libraries. Rather, they cover costs through publication fees, institutional subsidies, endowments, or sponsorships.

Open monographs broaden access to published scholarship, raise its visibility and impact, and offer features such as multimedia capability. The Directory of Open Access Books is an online directory that indexes and provides access to these high quality, open access monographs.

The following are just a few open access monograph publishing options:

  • Luminos, the UC Press’s open access monograph publishing program, adheres to the same high standards for selection, peer review, production, and marketing as the traditional publishing program.
  • punctum books welcomes submissions from authors working in any field in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and fine arts/design, and outside of the university proper as well.

TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem) advances the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members through open access editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.

Scholars face growing difficulty in finding publishers for their monographs as academic library budgets shrink and demand for monographs falls. To collaboratively address this problem, the Association of American Universities (AAU)Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of University Presses (AUPresses) launched this initiative in spring 2017.

Below is a list of the UC Davis TOME-Funded publications to date:

Biagioli, Mario and Alexandra Lippman (eds.) Gaming the Metrics: Misconduct and Manipulation in Academic Research. MIT Press 2020.

Bloom, Gina. Gaming the Stage: Playable Media and the Rise of English Commercial TheaterUniversity of Michigan Press, 2018.

Cogdell, Cristina. Toward a Living Architecture? Complexism and Biology in Generative Design. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

Fallon, Kris. Where Truth Lies: Digital Culture and Documentary Media After 9/11. University of California Press, 2019

Freeman, Elizabeth. Beside You In Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century. Duke University Press, 2019.

Klima, Alan. Ethnography #9. Duke University Press, 2019

Maoz, Zeev and Errol A. Henderson. Scriptures, Shrines, Scapegoats, and World Politics: Religious Sources of Conflict and Cooperation in the Modern Era. University of Michigan Press, 2020

McCourt, David (ed.) American Power and International Theory at the Council on Foreign Relations, 1953-54. University of Michigan Press, 2020

Milburn, Colin. Respawn: Gamers, Hackers, and Technogenic Life. Duke University Press, 2018.

Smoodin, Eric. Paris in the Dark: Going to the Movies in the City of Light, 1930-1950. Duke University Press, 2020

U, Eddy. Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification. University of California Press, 2019.

eScholarship Publishing is an open access publishing platform subsidized by the University of California, managed by the California Digital Library, and offered free of charge to UC-affiliated departments, research units, publishing programs and individual scholars.

The platform offers a comprehensive open access publishing program for journals, monographs, conference proceedings, and other UC-affiliated original scholarship. It also offers publishing and production tools, including a full editorial and peer review system, as well as professional support and consulting services.

Learn more about eScholarship Publishing.

To learn more about Open Access at UC Davis click here.

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