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Open Access

Author agreements - your rights

"According to the traditional publication agreement, all rights —including copyright — go to the journal. You probably want to include sections of your article in later works. You might want to give copies to your class or distribute it among colleagues. And you likely want to place it on your Web page or in an online repository if you had the choice. These are all ways to give your research wide exposure and fulfill your goals as a scholar, but they are inhibited by the traditional agreement. If you sign on the publisher’s dotted line, is there any way to retain these critical rights?

Yes. The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles."

Making it easier to publish in Open Access

The Library and Information Services (LIS) is constantly looking to make it easier for you to publish Open Access. One option that is available to our authors is to make use of discount/waiver agreements we have with publishers. We are working on creating a list and hope to have it ready soon.

It can also be difficult to find and select the Open Access journal that is perfect for your work. We will try and give you tools and lists of Open Access journals from specific publishers as they become available. 

Open Access journals:

Journal selection tools:

DOAJ has over 12 000 accredited journals with no article processing charges (APCs) in over 500 different subjects.

Transformative agreements

The Library and Information Services (LIS) is also working on transformative agreements:

Transformative agreements are those contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries, national and regional consortia) and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing, moving from one based on toll access (subscription) to one in which publishers are remunerated a fair price for their open access publishing services.

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Each transformative agreement we make will be added here, with information on what the agreement includes, e.g. how many articles' fees are included for our authors, or if there are any other restrictions. To benefit from these agreements, use your UFS email address when submitting your work to participating publishers. Make sure you indicate the UFS as your primary institutional affiliation

  • American Chemical Society (ACS) - UFS affiliated authors have unlimited open access publishing in the ACS hybrid journals. See a full title list.
  • Cambridge University Press - All authors who publish with CUP will get a waiver for APCs on fully open access and hybrid open access titles. When you submit your article to CUP, request the waiver and the Library will get a notification. Once the Library approves the request, your waiver is applied. See a full title list.
  • Emerald - First come, first served basis for 111 articles in 2022. This deal is for all SANLIC members. See a full title list.
  • IEEE - The LIS has a deposit account with IEEE to help pay APCs on your behalf.
  • IOP Publishing - UFS affiliated authors can publish open access at no cost. See a full title list. Take a look at IOP's transformative agreements hub to guide you through the process.
  • Oxford University Press Journals - UFS affiliated authors can publish in OUP's hybrid journals without paying APCs, and there is a 10% discount on APCs for publishing in OUP's gold open access titles. See a full title list.
  • SAGE - Allows eligible corresponding authors to publish an uncapped number of articles as open access in the offered hybrid titles within the current Premier collection, and a discount on APCs for SAGE's 150+ pure Gold Open Access journals. Visit SAGE's Open Access Portal for detailed information. See a full title list.
  • ScienceDirect - UFS affiliated authors can publish their articles open access in hybrid titles without paying APCs. See a full title list.
  • Springer, Adis, Nature Academic, Palgrave Macmillan - UFS affiliated authors can publish their articles open access in the hybrid titles without paying APCs. A list of eligible journals.

  • Thieme Open - Thieme Chemistry and Medical packages – authors from subscribing institutions are granted a 25% discount on article processing charges (APCs) for open access articles published in Thieme hybrid journals.
  • Wiley - First come, first served basis for all SANLIC members. See a full title list.

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