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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. 

Questions about APCs? Consult your liaison librarian or submit APC Discount Inquiry form.

Steps to Claim the Available Institutional Discount:

1. Follow the instructions of the submission form and/or see accompanying Agreement link available in the table provided.
2. Select or self-identify as University of Manitoba. Methods of affiliation may vary, including:

  • Email domain
  • Selecting from institutional option list
  • Declaring in text box
  • Comparing declaration to reported author affiliation
  • Location IP i.e. submit from digital location that is recognized as U of M

Note: Discounts may require further processing by either publisher or institution before being applied. See agreement information.


Note: There may specific title exceptions or various fee options (described as 'variable discount'). All discounts are obtained via negotiated contracts between publishers and University of Manitoba Libraries.

Publisher Name Discount Amount Information Page Notes
American Chemical Society $250 USD  ACS UofM CRKN
BioMed Central (BMC)  15% BMC Agreement UofM  
Cambridge University Press Fee waived CUP Agreement UofM CRKN
Canadian Science Publishing 25% CSP UofM CRKN
Elsevier Science Direct 20% ESD Agreement UofM CRKN; See titles included/excluded 
Institute of Physics Publishing Fee waived IPP Agreement UofM CRKN; See titles included/excluded
Microbiology Society Fee waived mBS Agreement UofM COPPUL
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) 10% MDPI Membership UofM
PLOS (Biology and Medicine only) Fee waived  PLOS Agreement UofM CRKN; other PLOS titles may consider waiver - see Inquiry form for letter
PeerJ Conditional fee waiver PeerJ Agreement UofM Faculty only are eligible for Basic membership (1 fee waiver/yr)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) 15% RCS Agreement UofM CRKN
SAGE Choice (i.e.Green titles) Fee waived SAGE Agreement UofM CRKN; See EXCLUDED TITLES lists (i.e. if title not found in list then eligible for waiver)
SAGE Open (i.e. Gold titles) 40% SAGE Agreement UofM CRKN; See EXCLUDED TITLES lists (i.e. if title not found in list then eligible for discount)
SCOAP3 variable SCOAP3 Information CRKN via membership; Spans across many publishers/titles. See Information link.
SpringerOpen 15% SO Agreement UofM
Taylor and Frances (T&F) Open Select 25% TF Agreement UofM CRKN



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