New open access (OA) agreements for SAGE and PLOS journals

The University Library has two new agreements that support USask authors in publishing their articles open access.

The University Library is participating in new subscription models to support and grow open access (OA) publishing while lessening the financial burden on authors being asked to pay article processing charges (APCs) in OA or hybrid subscription/OA journals. These two new OA agreements were negotiated through our membership in the Canadian Research and Knowledge Network (CRKN), a consortium of 81 academic libraries and other research institutions across Canada.

PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology

The first agreement is for the two highly selective PLOS (Public Library of Science) fully open journals: PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine through the new PLOS Community Action Publishing (CAP) program. This agreement means that USask corresponding authors will pay NO APCs for articles published in these two PLOS journals for 2021 - 2023! This discount will be automatically applied based on institutional affiliation selected during the submission process. If the corresponding author is not from USask and is not at an institution participating in this CAP program, then a USask contributing author can qualify for a 25% APC discount


There are two main categories of SAGE journals covered in this newly negotiated agreement:  USask authors who publish in one of more than 900 SAGE Choice hybrid subscription/OA journals will pay NO APCs, and those publishing in SAGE Gold open access (fully OA at time of publication) journals are eligible for a 40% discount per article on APCs. The discounts will be applied based on institutional affiliation entered on the article submission form. This agreement is also for a three-year period (2021-2023). (Note: there is a small number of titles that do not participate in SAGE Choice.)


By taking advantage of these new agreements USask authors can free their research from expensive paywalls making it more accessible to other researchers, students, practitioners, and any interested person anywhere in the world!

Read more about these agreements and APC discounts for other publishers and journals at our guide.

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