Open access publisher agreements and discounts

Scholarly Publishing and Open Access plus a stylized book with the open access symbol

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.

Publisher Discount Instructions
Cambridge University Press 100% 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).
Institute of Physics 100% SFU corresponding authors can publish with no APCs in most hybrid and gold IOP journals.
Microbiology Society 100% SFU corresponding authors can publish with no APCs.
PLOS Biology & PLOS Medicine 100% SFU authors (corresponding and co-authors) can publish with no APCs.
Royal Society Journals 100% 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 Choice 100% Applies to SAGE Choice (hybrid) journals only. Authors will receive a request from SAGE asking them if they would like to publish open access.

Membership Discounts

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

Publisher Discount Instructions
American Chemical Society $250 Use 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%

APC discount is applied upon submission of manuscript. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.

NB: No discount on agricultural journals (Canadian Journal of Agricultural Science, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, Canadian Journal of Plant Science)

Cogitatio Press 20% Cogitatio will contact SFU Library to confirm affiliation.
Elsevier ScienceDirect 20%

APC discount on hybrid and Gold Open Access journals. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.

NB: Exclusions apply to Cell Press, Lancet, and some other society owned journals.

Frontiers 5% Frontiers will contact SFU Library to confirm affiliation.
MDPI 10% Automatically applied to SFU affiliated submissions.
Royal Society of Chemistry 15% Applies to RSC hybrid journals. Authors must indicate their institutional affiliation upon submitting their manuscript.
SAGE Gold OA journals 40% Applies only to Gold open access journals. SFU affiliated articles are added to the Library’s account with SAGE.
Taylor & Francis 25% 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.
Wiley 20% Applies only to Gold open access journals. SFU affiliated articles are added to the Library’s account with Wiley.