Open Access

Information about Open Access to articles and other scholarly texts.

JH Open Access Authors

Some Open Access publishers provide a page that lists authors, editors, or reviewers from an institution. Below are such pages about JHU.

Scholarly Communications Group

The JHU Scholarly Communications Group (SCG) is comprised of librarians from Welch Medical Library, Sheridan Libraries, Mason Library, and Friedheim Library. You can email us with comments and questions.

APC Discounts with Open Access Publishers

As of 1/1/2013 the JHU Libraries decided not to start any new institutional memberships with publishers to obtain discounted paper fees. The libraries have a limited amount of money to spend on purchases and subscriptions; these kinds of agreements are essentially new subscriptions. Researchers can often write APC funding into their research grants.
Below are several journals that offer some type of discount to JHU authors. Please check publisher's website for the most recent details.

MDPI - The MDPI Institutional Open Access Program gives JHU authors a 10% discount on APCs.
SpringerOpen - Johns Hopkins University researchers and students receive a 15% discount on article processing charges in journals that are part of:
Nucleic Acids Research - Author charges are $1385 per article, a 50% discount.
PNAS - As of 2020, the discounted OA fee JHU authors should pay to make their PNAS article immediately Open Access is $1300, per their Instruction for Authors, page 8.  Please remember that all PNAS articles become freely available 6 months after publication. 

Open Tools from the JH Libraries

The Hopkins Libraries include and maintain open resources in the tools we provide for your use.

JH Libraries Open Access Promotion Fund (OAPF) is closed

For three years the Sheridan Libraries and the Welch Medical Library supported a pilot Open Access Promotion Fund. The fund reimbursed authors for the article processing charges they paid to gold Open Access journals. The pilot was very successful in that we learned that many JHU authors want to publish in Open Access journals.   We anticipate that this desire will grow for three reasons:  1) more funders are requiring open availability of articles; 2) more researchers are eager to publish in outlets that don’t keep their work behind paywalls; and 3) more OA journals are growing in impact and reputation.

The interest in open access now outstrips the funds the Libraries can provide, so we have to close the OAPF.  Authors needing assistance with article processing charges should ask the publisher about waiver and discount programs. Primary Investigators are encouraged to include reasonable estimates for article processing charges in their grant applications.  The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists reputable Open Access journals, not all of which require large article processing charges.

For assistance with general Open Access questions, please contact your librarian or informationist.  Questions about the OAPF in particular can be directed to Robin Sinn,