Open Access

Information about Open Access to articles and other scholarly texts.

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.  

Free Open Access publishing with Cambridge University Press!

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The Johns Hopkins University Libraries have signed on to a three year Read & Publish deal with Cambridge University Press in conjunction with the NERL consortium. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers who are corresponding authors can now choose to publish open access in Cambridge University Press journals beginning January 1, 2022--for free! 

The goal of this partnership is to ensure more of JHU’s research is published open access without added costs to the researcher. The agreement includes access to all Cambridge journals and covers article processing charges (APCs) in fully open access or hybrid open access journals.

JHU authors must opt-in to open access upon article submission to take advantage of this deal. Authors can also retroactively ensure articles are open access if not selected initially (2022 articles only). Please use your JHU email address when submitting to avoid delays. 

Please direct any questions to laurel.crawford@jhu.edu.

Free Open Access Publishing with Wiley Journals!

Wiley logoThe Johns Hopkins Libraries is now in year two of a three year agreement with Wiley to promote Open Access by paying or reducing article processing charges (APC) for JHU authors. During this time, part of the subscription fee the Libraries pay Wiley to read their journals is being diverted to cover article processing charges (APCs).

Due to funding limitations, the APC funding for 2022 was depleted as of June 2022. Additional funding will be made available in January 2023. Now that funding is depleted, authors wishing to publish Open Access with Wiley are eligible for an automatic 5% discount on their APC fees. The article must meet the following criteria:

  • JHU researcher is currently listed in JHED and is the corresponding author
  • Article is a research or review paper.
  • Article is accepted by a hybrid Wiley journal.

The Wiley Author Services system will present JHU authors with information about the discount and the option to participate. Articles will be made Open Access without embargo if you choose this option. Please use your JHU email address when submitting to avoid delays.

For other options to make your research freely available to your readers, please see the list of other Open Access deals supported by the JHU Libraries on this page.

The goal of this pilot deal is to determine the sustainability of this method of funding journal publishing for JHU libraries. During this time, part of the subscription fee the Libraries pay Wiley to read their journals will be diverted to cover APCs. Please help us with this effort by using the service and providing us with feedback! Any questions or input should be directed to laurel.crawford@jhu.edu.

Free Open Access Monograph Grants through TOME!

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JHU TOME Monograph Subvention Grants provide funding to Johns Hopkins faculty for the publication of new open-access digital monographs.

Johns Hopkins University joined the Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) initiative in 2020 to facilitate greater access to its faculty’s scholarship through open-access publishing. Five monograph subvention grants will be awarded by the Johns Hopkins Libraries over two academic years, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, with funding from the Office of the Provost. The grants will provide up to $15,000 per academic monograph—paid to a participating university press on the author’s behalf—to make a digital copy of the monograph available free of charge under a Creative Commons license through MuseOpen.

Details and application form are available at https://www.library.jhu.edu/library-services/scholarly-communication/tome-grant/. We encourage faculty to email tome@jhu.edu with questions. 

Free Open Access Publishing with PLoS!

PLOS Community Action Publishing Program:

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers who are corresponding authors can now choose to publish open access in PLOS MedicinePLOS Biology or PLOS Global Public Health --for free! 

This program also extends 25% discounts to your corresponding authors from other institutions for papers on which you are a co-author.  

See the FAQ for more details.

 

Free Open Access Publishing with Microbiology Society!

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Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers who are corresponding authors can now choose to publish open access in Microbiology Society Journals--for free! 

Please see eligibility requirements and click here for author instructions. Please use your JHU email address when submitting to avoid delays.

Free Open Access publishing with Company of Biologists!

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Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researchers who are corresponding authors can now choose to publish open access in Company of Biologists journals--for free! 

Please click here for information for authors. Please use your JHU email address when submitting to avoid delays.

APC Discounts with Open Access Publishers

Below are several journals that offer some type of discount to JHU authors. Please check publisher's website for the most recent details. Please use your JHU email address when submitting to avoid delays.

  • MDPI - The MDPI Institutional Open Access Program - 10% discount.
  • SpringerOpen - 15% discount on journals in the following collections:
  • Nucleic Acids Research - 50% discount. Note: discount applies only to the journal Nucleic Acids Research and does not include other NAR titles.
  • PNAS - because JHU pays for a traditional subscription with PNAS, JHU authors are eligible for a 9% ($500) discount for making their articles Open Access immediately. Please see the PNAS’ Author Center for further information. Note: PNAS will also grant waivers for authors who do not have funding to cover APCs (for example, in mathematics and astronomy, or from lower-income countries).