Open Access publication fee discounts

With certain business models of scholarly publishing, some journal publishers charge authors a publication fee to make the article Open Access (OA). These publication fees are also known as article processing charges (APCs), and can be charged to publish in entirely-OA journals (Gold OA) or in journals that provide authors the option to make their article open (Hybrid OA). The majority of Gold OA journals do not publish these fees, but it is somewhat common amongst the large commercial journal publishers.

On this webpage, you will find discounts for the publication fees that are available to University of Windsor authors. These discounts have been negotiated by the Library and the publishers through our license agreements.
 
How do I pay the publication fee?

Publication fees from the large commercial publishers can cost several thousand dollars. Authors who receive external research funding, such as from the Tri-Agency federal funders, may expense the fees. Certain faculties also offer some internal funding, such as the Faculty of Science's New Faculty Publication Support Fund.

Are there alternatives?

Yes! Instead of publishing in a Gold OA journal, or paying to make your article OA with a publication fee, you can choose to deposit a version of your manuscript in our institutional repository. This is known as Green OA, and allows authors to make their work open for all to read without having to pay publication fees. Most journal publishers will allow authors to deposit a pre-formatted, accepted version of their manuscript in such repositories – typically with an embargo period.

Current discounts & waivers

This table lists the currently available publication fee discounts and waivers that are available to University of Windsor authors. If you have any questions or comments on these, please do not hesitate to reach out to your librarian or email us at scholarship@uwindsor.ca.
 
Publisherdiscountdetails
American Chemical SocietyDiscount: $250 USD flat discount
Applies to: Hybrid OA journals
 
APC discount is applied upon submission of the manuscript. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.
BioMed Central (part of Springer Nature)Discount: 15% discount
Applies to: All journals
If you submit your manuscript while connected to the University of Windsor network, you will be prompted with a message to apply the discount. Otherwise, indicate that you would like to request an institutional discount. More details are on the BMC website
Cambridge University PressDiscount: 100% (complete waiver)
Applies to: Gold OA and Hybrid OA journals
This is a transformative agreement
Cambridge will automatically associate authors affiliated with the University of Windsor and offer the APC waiver. More details will be provided in early 2022.
Canadian Science PublishingDiscount: 25% discount
Applies to: All journals
APC discount is applied upon submission of the manuscript. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.
ElsevierDiscount: 20%
Applies to: Gold OA and Hybrid OA journals
Exclusions apply to Cell Press, Lancet, and some other society-owned journals. Authors must select the University of Windsor when submitting the manuscript.
Institute of PhysicsDiscount: 100% (complete waiver)
Applies to: Gold OA and Hybrid OA journals
This is a transformative agreement
Some journals are exempted from this agreement, such as AAS (American Astronomical Society) journals and journals published by some partner societies.

The corresponding author will be prompted to indicate their affiliation. They must select the University of Windsor to apply the OA fee waiver.
MDPIDiscount: 10%
Applies to: All journals, books, chapters
Authors will be prompted during the last step of submission to determine if they are eligible for the discount unless submitting from a computer within the University of Windsor campus. More details are available on the MDPI website.
National Academy of the SciencesDiscount: $500 USD flat discount
Applies toProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
The corresponding author must be affiliated with the University of Windsor to receive the discount. Details are available on the PNAS website.
SAGEDiscount: 100% for Hybrid OA journals; 40% for Gold OA journalsYou must identify as being affiliated with the University of Windsor when you submit your manuscript. When your manuscript is accepted, you'll be notified about the APC discounts. More details are on the CRKN website.
Springer Open (part of Springer Nature)Discount: 15% discount
Applies to: All Springer Open journals
If you submit your manuscript while connected to the University of Windsor network, you will be prompted with a message to apply the discount. Otherwise, indicate that you would like to request an institutional discount. More details are on the Springer Open website
Taylor & FrancisDiscount: 25%
Applies to: Hybrid OA journals
Authors must select the University of Windsor when applying the APC discount. Details are available on the Taylor & Francis website.
Last updated: 21 January 2022