Answered By: Denise R. Gehring, MSLIS, MA
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2024     Views: 3

The APU Library is actively seeking opportunities for our authors to participate in 0pen access publishing, and we recently have added an agreement with Elsevier along with the agreements already arranged with the American Chemical Society, Springer, Wiley, and Cambridge. Under these agreements, the library subscribes to a journal/article package from a publisher and pays an increment above the base subscription fee in order to allow our researchers to publish articles in Gold Open Access and/or in Hybrid Open Access journals without having to pay Article Processing Charges or to receive a heavy discount on the APC. The APU Libraries would like to see more APU authors take advantage of these agreements since last year only 2 APU authors participated

What is Open Access?

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives. (SPARC, 2024) Watch this video to learn more. Some publishers only publish open-access articles; they are called "Fully OA Publishers". 

Why publish open access?

Publishers report that articles published open access consistently receive a larger readership, a higher number of citations, and a higher Altimetric score than those articles that are not open access. In addition, publishing OA accelerates discovery, improves dissemination, and increases the visibility of articles. Many grants require open-access publishing by those who receive the grants.

What if My Journal Isn't in a Read & Publish Agreement?

If you wish to publish Open-Access in a journal not covered by an active APU OA Read & Publish agreement:

  1. Contact your department chair or dean to see if there are department funds available to support OA publishing.
  2. Identity outside funding sources - try this list of research funders and institutions worldwide that cover open access article processing charges (APCs).
  3. Contact the University Research Office to see if there is Grant funding available.
  4. When applying for grants, write APCs into the grant budget.
Is my research eligible?

In general, to be eligible, articles must:

  • Meet the eligible article types for the particular publisher
  • Be accepted for publication in one of the Hybrid or fully Open Access journals defined by the publisher.
  • Have a corresponding author affiliated with Azusa Pacific University.
  • Be submitted using their Azusa Pacific University email address.
  • Be accepted for publication in the date range specified by the publisher.

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