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Investments in Open Access Publishing

York University Libraries continues to fund open access publishing and open scholarship efforts at the University and in Canada through initiatives such as:

  • agreements with various publishers to secure discounts for York authors that incur author processing charges for publishing in open access (see full list below);
  • memberships and funding commitments with leading open scholarship infrastructure organizations such as the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS);
  • supporting local, scholar-led Open Access publication with journal publishing infrastructure and expert support under the rubric of York University Digital Journals program;
  • management of YorkSpace, York University’s institutional repository, and associated support services to help authors comply with open access policy requirements;
  • an open access author fund which, subject to the availability of funds, can help support processing charges for papers accepted for publication in fully open access journals;
  • campus partnerships with the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, and the Office of Research Services.
Publisher Discounts and Agreements

Our membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) provides York University researchers with access to APC discounts for the following publishers:

American Chemical Society: York University authors receive a 250 USD flat discount on Open Access publishing services (ACS Author Choice). The APC discount is applied upon submission of a manuscript, and authors should identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.

Cambridge: York University authors receive a 20% discount on Article Processing Charges (APC). All Gold OA or Hybrid OA Cambridge journals are eligible.The discount is applied when an author submits the article to RightsLink and selects institutional affiliation.

Canadian Science Publishing: NRC Research Press offers a 50% discount to York authors on all their journals except agricultural journals (Canadian Journal of Agricultural Science, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, Canadian Journal of Plant Science). Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.

Elsevier: York authors are eligible to receive a 20% discount on hybrid and Gold Open Access journals. Exclusions apply to Cell Press, Lancet, and some other society owned journals. A full list of Elsevier journals eligible for the discount is located on the CRKN website. The 20% APC Discount is applied to any articles submitted to eligible Elsevier journals between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2023. Upon final acceptance of an article for publication, the corresponding author receives an e-mail with a link to choose publishing options and will be asked to choose their institutional affiliation from an auto-complete form. For hybrid journals, if the corresponding author declares themselves affiliated with a CRKN institution, they will be presented with the option to publish as a subscription article, or to publish open access. For gold OA journals, the article is open access by default. In both cases, the author is presented with text which states that, as an author affiliated with a CRKN institution, they will receive a 20% discount on the APC. Once the author has chosen a creative commons license and completed the remainder of the acceptance process, CRKN will validate the request within two business days CRKN and the author will receive the invoice with the discount included.

MDPI: York University Libraries is a participating institution in MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). Consequently, York authors receive a 10% discount on the APCs for any paper published in an MDPI journal. Note that only one discount through an IOAP scheme is permitted per paper, and the discount cannot be combined with other available discounts (e.g., discount vouchers, or society membership discounts).

SAGE: By virtue of the CRKN-SAGE Premier Open Access agreement, all York authors can now publish articles in SAGE Choice journals under an open access license with no associated Article Processing Charge (APC). CRKN members participating in the CRKN-SAGE license are also eligible to receive a 40% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC) on Gold Open Access journals. SAGE Open Access Portal (SOAP) is a centralized portal that automates SAGE’s open access publication process. To learn more about the manuscript submission process with SAGE, you can consult this CRKN website.

Taylor and Francis: York University authors are eligible to receive a 25% discount in T&F Open Select journals. To take advantage of the discount on T&F Open Select journals, an author can submit an article and 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.


Coalition Publica: Coalition Publica is a strategic partnership created by Érudit and the Public Knowledge Project (PKP). It stems from an intensive and collaborative reflection process within the Canadian research community, aiming to develop a national infrastructure for the open access dissemination of publications in HSS and arts and letters. York University Libraries has supported this initiative from the beginning through its membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), and has signed on to support the current phase of the project.

Cogitatio: York University covers the article processing charges (APC) of up to three articles per calendar year authored by corresponding authors of the institution. This agreement is valid as of 1 June 2021.

MIT Press Direct to Open Ebooks: MIT Press Direct to Open Ebooks is a collective action model built to support open access publication of digital monographs from MIT Press. Through the support of libraries and consortia worldwide, digital monographs will become openly accessible each year without book processing charges (BPCs). The model funds a collection of an estimated 90 titles per year.

Open Book Publishers: York University Libraries is a member of the Open Book Publishers' Library Membership Programme. Established in 2008 by academics at the University of Cambridge, Open Book Publishers has published more than 217 rigorously peer-reviewed Open Access monographs, expanding from a focus on the humanities and social sciences into publishing Open Access works of all disciplines, attracting over 3 million book interactions.

Punctum books: York University Libraries is a member of the Punctum Books Supporting Library Membership Program. This program utilizes a consortial funding model whereby small annual contributions sourced from a network of libraries across the world form a robust revenue pool that enables an extremely cost-effective method for funding Open Access in which no single institution bears a disproportionate cost. Punctum books are recognized for publishing high-quality open-access books in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Architecture & Design without imposing publication fees on authors, and they are supported by academic libraries around the world committed to maintaining open-source and community-owned infrastructure for open-access books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Public Knowledge Project: The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing.

SPARC: The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.

SCOSS: Through its membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), York University Libraries supports the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS). Participating in SCOSS is a valuable opportunity to support international open access and open science services, such as Sherpa-Romeo and the Directory of Open Access Journals.