Open Access Publishing

Finding and Using Open Access Resources

Visit our Open Access Resources subject guide for suggested places to find open access and public domain materials including images, video, and datasets.

Support for Open Access at Northeastern University

The Faculty Senate has twice passed resolutions in favor of providing open access to the scholarly output of the university, in 2006 and 2008. In 2013, the Faculty Senate’s Library Policy and Operations Committee delivered a report to the Senate encouraging increased support for Open Access on campus.

In 2016, the staff of Snell Library adopted an Open Access policy for their research publications and presentation materials.

The NU Libraries also support OA through their memberships in or contributions to:

Publishing Discounts for Northeastern Authors

Northeastern-affiliated authors can receive discounts on the fees charged by some publishers to make their articles available Open Access – as a benefit of either our institutional subscriptions or a membership we pay for:

  • American Chemical Society: Receive a 50% discount on the article processing charges for the AuthorChoice Open Access publishing option
  • Annual Reviews:  Annual Reviews is a non-profit publisher whose journals feature invited review articles in a variety of disciplines. For journals that are part of Annual Reviews’ Subscribe to Open model, all articles published in these journals for a given calendar year are converted to open access as long as subscription revenues are maintained for that year. In addition, all back volumes are made freely available.
  • BioMedCentral / SpringerOpen: Receive a 15% discount on the article processing charge when you name yourself as the “accountable” author during the submission process
  • Cambridge University Press: The article must be accepted for publication in a CUP hybrid or Gold OA journal.  All APCs are waived for Northeastern authors who choose an open access option.
  • The corresponding author must be affiliated with Northeastern University-we recommend that authors also use their Northeastern email address to help confirm their NU affiliation.
  • The article must be accepted for publication within the term of the agreement (2022-2024)
  • The article must be one of five research article types, as defined by CUPA (research, reviews, rapid communications, brief reports, case reports)
  • Consult the Open Access and Waivers Discount Tool to check which journals are covered under the agreement
  • Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development: Article processing charge ($500) is waived for Northeastern authors
  • MDPI: Receive a 10% discount on the article processing charge for any MDPI journal
  • Microbiology Society:  Northeastern’s Snell Library now provides access to all journals published by the Microbiology Society, as well as fee-free open access publishing for NU affiliated authors as part of a new Publish and Read agreement.  Here is the Publish and Read Author Guide.
  • National Academy of Sciences: Pay a discounted fee of $1,100 (vs. $1,450) to make your article available Open Access on the PNAS website
  • Society for Endocrinology: Receive a 50% discount on the article processing charges to make your article available Open Access in their hybrid journals (no discount available on fully OA journals)

You may also find that your professional society membership affords you a discount for Open Access publishing in the society’s journals.

Other Ways of Funding Open Access Publishing

  • Article processing charges (APCs) for open access journals are often acceptable costs to include in your sponsored research budgets.
  • Many open access journals charge authors nothing for publication. Our Guide to Choosing a Publication Venue can help you assess the quality and reputation of journals.

Upload Your Publications to the DRS

If you want to make your research output available to a wider audience but prefer to publish in a subscription-based journal, publishers often permit authors to make a certain version of their articles available open access in their university’s digital repository. (Sometimes this may even be required by funders.) You can check your publisher’s policy about self-archiving at the SHERPA/RoMEO website.

Then, learn more about our Digital Repository Service (DRS) and get started with uploading your work. Contact Sarah Sweeney, Digital Repository Manager, for assistance.