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Open Access Publisher Agreements and Journal Discounts

The UMD Libraries participates in a number of open access publisher agreements and journal discounts that are available to UMD authors.

Publisher Agreements

Please contact Alex Dodd, Continuing Resources Librarian, at for questions or more information on participating in the following open access publisher agreements.

Wiley Agreement

Under the Big Ten Academic Alliance agreement with Wiley, UMD corresponding authors may publish articles in Wiley hybrid journals (except for Gold OA titles) at no additional cost.

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Cambridge University Press Agreement

Under a Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press, UMD authors may publish articles as gold Open Access without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).

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Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Article processing fees for PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine are waived for corresponding authors from BTAA institutions. a 25% discount will be applied to publication fees where one or more of the contributing authors are affiliated with a BTAA institutions, but the corresponding author is not.

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Journal Discounts

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Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)

Authors will receive a 10% discount on the article processing charges for accepted articles in MDPI journals. 

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BioMed Central (BMC)

Authors will receive a 15% discount on the article processing charges of all articles accepted for publication in journals published by BioMed Central (BMC).

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Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD)

Authors who have a paper accepted in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) will receive a waiver of the $500 article processing charge.

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