Open access publisher agreements and discounts

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SFU Library holds institutional memberships and participates in publishing agreements with many academic publishers, some directly and as part of library consortia. These memberships provide waivers on article processing charges (APCs) or discounts for articles published by SFU authors. For any questions about membership discounts, please contact digital-scholarship@sfu.ca

Articles published in fully open access journals may also be eligible for support from the SFU Central Open Access Fund.

APC Waivers

SFU authors will have their article processing charges waived with the following publishers, due to SFU's participation in transformative publishing agreements or other institutional membership agreements.

PublisherDiscountInstructions
Cambridge University Press100%SFU corresponding authors can publish with no APCs in Cambridge hybrid and gold journals. Authors are recommended to use an affiliated university email address (@sfu.ca).
Canadian Science Publishing (CSP)100%An unlimited number of articles by SFU corresponding authors can be published for no charge in the following five CSP journals: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Canadian Journal of Physics, Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Genome, and Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering.
Cogitatio Press100%SFU corresponding authors can publish with no APCs.
Elsevier ScienceDirect100%SFU authors can publish with no APCs in Elsevier hybrid journals.
Institute of Physics100%SFU corresponding authors can publish with no APCs in most hybrid and gold IOP journals.
Microbiology Society100%SFU corresponding authors can publish with no APCs.
Oxford University Press100%Unlimited APC waivers for SFU corresponding authors in Oxford hybrid journals.
Royal Society Journals100%SFU corresponding authors can publish with no APCs. Authors are recommended to use an affiliated university email address (@sfu.ca). Select "Read and Publish model" from the Open Access options dropdown menu. Full details for authors available from Royal Society Read and Publish.
SAGE Choice100%Applies to SAGE Choice (hybrid) journals only. Authors will receive a request from SAGE asking them if they would like to publish open access.
Wiley100%Applies to Wiley’s hybrid journals. It does not apply to Wiley’s gold journals; authors will continue to be charged APCs for accepted articles in these journals.

Membership Discounts

SFU authors are eligible for discounts on article processing charges with the following publishers.

PublisherDiscountInstructions
American Chemical Society$250Use affiliated university email address (@sfu.ca) and select SFU from a drop down menu.
BioMed Central (includes Springer Open)15%Use affiliated university email address (@sfu.ca) or select SFU from a drop down menu. BMC will confirm affiliation with the Library.
Canadian Science Publishing (CSP)25%SFU authors are eligible to receive a 25% discount on the article processing charge (APC) for all CSP Hybrid journals.
Elsevier ScienceDirect20%APC discount on Gold Open Access journals. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.
Frontiers5%Frontiers will contact SFU Library to confirm affiliation.
Oxford University Press10%APCs discount for Gold OA Journals.
Royal Society of Chemistry15%Applies to RSC hybrid journals. Authors must indicate their institutional affiliation upon submitting their manuscript.
SAGE Gold OA journals40%Applies only to Gold open access journals. SFU affiliated articles are added to the Library’s account with SAGE.
Taylor & Francis25%Applies to T&F Open Select Journals. When submitting an article, choose the open access publishing option. When the APC is generated, authors can select their institution from the drop-down menu, and the discount will be automatically applied.
Wiley20%Applies only to Gold open access journals. SFU affiliated articles are added to the Library’s account with Wiley.