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Open Access Publishing: Library Support

A guide to open access publishing and scholarly communication




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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


Discounts Automatically Applied:

To claim the institutional discount, follow the instructions of the submission form and select or self-identify as University of Manitoba. Methods of identifying or confirming affiliation may vary (e.g. email address; selecting from option list; declaring in text box; comparing declaration to reported author affiliation; location IP i.e. you need to be at a computer location that is recognized as on campus). 

Questions about APCs? Consult your liaison librarian or contact the RSDS unit.

UML DISCOUNT LIST (last updated September 2021)

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 automatically applied
  • DovePress: variable discount
  • Hindawi: variable discount
  • Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) IOAP: 10% discount automatically applied
  • PeerJ: discount possible (request see form)
  • PLOS: waiver available for following journals -
    • PLOS Biology & PLOS Medicine*
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 25% discount automatically applied
  • SCOAP3 including:  variable discount by title
    • ​Advances in High Energy Physics - 32%
    • Chinese Physics C - 13%
    • Journal of High Energy Physics - 100%
    • Nuclear Physics B - 100%
  • SAGE: 40% discount for gold open journals via SAGE Open Access Portal (SOAP) automatically applied
    • More Information about discount via CRKN agreement, including SAGE Choice, can be found here
  • Science Advances: $450 USD discount
  • SpringerOpen: 15% discount automatically applied
  • Taylor & Francis (T&F) Open Select journals: 25% discount automatically applied

*This option only applies to these two journals as these are part of a Institutional Membership pilot (Jan 1 2020 - Dec 31, 2023). APCs will be charged on a per author basis; the automatic waiver covers those authors who belong to institutions with memberships. If you are part of a multi-author submission, authors who belong to non-member institutions will need to either pay the APC or apply for the PLOS waiver which still stands.


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.