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Open Access

This guide provides an overview of open access, including green open access, gold open access, funder open access policies, and open access at Penn State.

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Article processing charges (APCs) are fees paid to the publisher by or on behalf of the author, in exchange for publishing the article on an open access basis: without a paywall and (typically) with an open license such as one of the Creative Commons licenses. Libraries sometimes make agreements with publishers that cover or discount APCs for articles that have an author affiliated with their institution. These agreements can be called "read and publish agreements" or "transformative agreements." See below for a list of Penn State's agreements of this type.

APC Discounts for PSU Authors

The following APC discounts are available to Penn State authors. Most of the discounts listed below are complete discounts resulting from "read and publish" or "transformative" agreements. Some partial discounts are also listed.

Taylor and Francis

Penn State corresponding authors can publish open access through Taylor and Francis at no additional charge, as part of the Libraries' 2024–2025 agreement with Taylor and Francis. To take advantage of this deal, use your Penn State email address or identify Penn State as your institution (ideally both) when you submit the article. There is no code to enter. All current Taylor and Francis journals have an open access option and are therefore eligible for this deal. Penn State corresponding authors publishing in eligible journals will automatically be offered free OA publishing. Contact openaccess@psu.edu if you have trouble. A link with more information about this deal will be added as soon as it is available.

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