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About Open Access Publications

What is Open Access?

Open access publications allow everyone free, online, digital access to scholarly works that they can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or share. 

 

What are the Benefits?

Public Access vs. Open Access

"Open access" is a term frequently used, but may have differet meanings to different people. Strictly defined, "open access" requires the work to be licensed under a Creative Commons copyright license. 

Remember, not all free-to-read articles are truly open access.

What are Author Processing Charges?

Most open access and hybrid journals charge authors an "APC" ("author processing charge", aka "author processing fee" or "author publishing charge") for making the work open access. This is meant to cover the publisher's cost of doing business while the journal or article is not being made available as the result of paid subscriptions. 

NOTE: Credible open access journals, as well as predatory ones, are likely to charge authors fees for publishing. One important distinction is that a credible journal will not charge the author either before the work has been formallly accepted to the journal, or before a peer-review process has taken place. 

APCs range in cost from a few hundred dollars to more than 10,000 USD per article for prestigious journals. 

Be wary of journals that are not upfront about author fees on their journal homepage. The journal's information for authors should clearly state if an APC will be required prior to publication, and what the fee will be. 

Journals that Offer Discounts on Author Publication Fees

Journal/Publisher Fee Information Information NYMC Library Status
American Chemical Society (ACS) Author Choice Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on article processing fees for open access articles. Additional discounts apply if authors are ACS members. ACS Author Choice subscriber institution
British Journal of Cancer (Nature) Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on article processing fees for open access articles. BJC Open - FAQs for Authors subscriber institution
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Authors from a subscriber institution are entitled to a discount on article processing fees for open access articles. PNAS Open Access Option subscriber institution (2017 site license)

 

PMC-Indexed Journals with No APC

The Directory of Open Access Journals makes it's data publicly accessible, including information on open journals that do not charge an author processing fee. 

We cross-referenced this list with PubMed Central's Journals List. Below are journals that may not require an author processing charge,[last updated: 10/2022], and may be currently indexed in PMC.

As always, please thoroughly vet any journal you consider for inclusion in your reference list or for publication. You can verify updated PubMed Central indexing status via the NLM Catalog.