Open Access Journal Options

Journal publishers sometimes charge authors a fee to make articles open access, known as an article processing charge (APC). The options below include ways to avoid having to pay these fees. 

Questions? Need help exploring open access options? 

Email or contact your subject librarian

No-Fee Open Access Journals

Open Access Publisher Discounts

The following open access publishing discounts and waivers are available to corresponding authors affiliated with MacEwan University. 

Be sure to use an email when submitting.

Cambridge University PressNo cost in all partially (hybrid) and fully open access journals.Authors must identify as affiliated with MacEwan University to have the waiver applied automatically. This waiver applies to research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, and case reports (valid until December 31, 2024).
Canadian Science Publishing25% off all journals.Authors must identify as affiliated with MacEwan University to receive a reduced open access publishing fee (valid until December 31, 2022).
Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP)No cost in participating journals.MacEwan corresponding authors will be able to publish open access for FREE (no APCs) on articles submitted since December 15, 2021. During the submission process authors use Scholar1, which includes an autofill field for corresponding authors to indicate their affiliation. Please select MacEwan and use your email. Offer includes most IOPP partially (hybrid) and fully (gold) open access journals (valid until December 14, 2024) 
Royal Society of Chemistry15% off partially open (hybrid) journals.Following manuscript acceptance, authors receive a link to the licensing system where the discount is applied automatically when using a email account and selecting the open access option (valid until December 31, 2024).
Royal Society JournalsNo cost in participating journals.MacEwan corresponding authors can publish open access for FREE (no APCs) on articles submitted in 2022. During the submission process, use your email, state your institution and select the ‘Read & Publish’ option. Offer excludes Notes and Records, Philosophical Transactions A , and Proceedings A (valid until December 31, 2022).
SAGENo cost in Sage Choice subscription journals (some exclusions apply). 40% off fully open access journals.Subscription journals: SAGE will contact eligible authors and invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department(valid until December 31, 2023).
Fully open access journals: Authors must identify as affiliated with MacEwan University to have this discount applied automatically in the SAGE Open Access Portal (valid until December 31, 2023).
Taylor & Francis25% off in partially Open Select (hybrid) journals.Discount is applied automatically at time of article submission if author selects a CRKN institution. Please check directly with the journal to confirm discount eligibility (valid until December 31, 2024).

Open Access Repositories

Email or visit Sherpa Romeo to verify whether a journal you publish with will allow you to share your work in a research repository. Options include:

  • Research Online at MacEwan(RO@M): To make subscription-based articles open access, send a plain text draft version that includes peer-review revisions but no formatting by the publisher, also known as a post-print or author accepted manuscript.
  • Preprint repositories: To share early results with others in your field, consider depositing final drafts of articles prior to peer-review (also known as preprints) in a subject-based preprint repository. See Sharing Preprints to learn more about available options.

Interested in making research data available in a data repository? Visit the Library's Research Data Management Guide

Open Access Book Publishers

Academic presses are increasingly embracing open access publishing models. To explore existing options, visit Publishers of OA Books.

Interested in publishing an open access textbook? Visit MacEwan Open Books.