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Open Access Publishing: Library Support

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To publish in a gold open access journal title (i.e. the article is immediately publicly available with no embargo, full author rights retained), journals and/or publishers ask that authors pay an article processing charge (APC). University of Manitoba Libraries offer the following discounts, which result from various consortia and institutional memberships and purchasing agreements. For more information on these discounts or to inquire about others not listed here, complete the APC Discount Inquiry for Researchers form

To claim the institutional discount, University of Manitoba authors need to self-identfy as such to the publishers. Usually this entails the use of your University of Manitoba email upon submission, or through IP (i.e. you need to be at a computer location that is recognized as on campus). 

For questions related to open access and APCs, such as how to claim a discount, other discount options (e.g. individual memberships, researcher status), other related journal options that offer green open access (i.e. hybrid/partial open access titles that have embargoed access, limited author rights retention), consult your liaison librarian or contact the RSDS unit.

UML DISCOUNT LIST (last updated January 2020)

The following is only some of the specific journal titles and journal publishers discounts that we have. Note that although publishers may offer a global discount, there may specific title exceptions or various fee options (described as 'variable discount'). 

  • American Chemical Society: $250 USD 
  • BioMed Central (BMC): variable discount and/or fee waiver
  • Cambridge University Press20% discount 
  • Canadian Science Publishing OpenArticle: 50% discount
  • DovePress: variable discount
  • Hindawi: variable discount
  • Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) IOAP: 10% discount
  • PeerJ: discount possible (request see form)
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 25% discount
  • SCOAP3 including:  variable discount by title
    • ‚ÄčAdvances in High Energy Physics - 32%
    • Chinese Physics C - 13%
    • Journal of High Energy Physics - 100%
    • Nuclear Physics B - 100%
  • SAGE: 40% conditional discount
  • Science Advances: $450 USD discount
  • SpringerOpen: 15% discount‚Äč
  • Taylor & Francis (T&F) Open Select journals: 25% discount


The University of Manitoba Libraries supports the following Open Access initiatives:


Researchers: If you want to know if your journal and/or publisher offers an institutional discount or need more information on a particular discount, complete this form.

Librarians: If you are inquiring on behalf of a University of Manitoba researcher, complete this form.


The University of Manitoba Libraries no longer offers an Open Access fund (discontinued in 2015). If you do not have access to grant funding to cover the APC, some titles offer a waiver program. Examples of fee waiver programs are listed below. If you require a letter confirming that the institution does not provide funding for APC as part of your waiver application, complete the APC discount inquiry form.