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Why Publish Open Access?

Making published works open access can increase the visibility and impact of your work since anyone can freely access it online.

Publish in an Open Access Journal

To explore peer-reviewed open access journals covering all subjects, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Assistance with Open Access Fees

To enable open access, some publishers charge a fee, known as an article processing charge (APC).

The following options are available to MacEwan faculty to help cover APCs:

  • Cambridge University Press
    • To receive a 20% discount on open access fees in fully open access and partially open (hybrid) journals, select institutional affiliation as part of the submission process (valid until December 31, 2021). 
  • MacEwan Scholarly Activity Support Fund
    •  This internal funding opportunity may provide additional support for knowledge mobilization and outreach, including open access fees in fully open access journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals
  • NRC Research Press (Canadian Science Publishing)
    • Following acceptance, self-identify as affiliated with a Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) institution to receive a reduced open access publishing fee of $1500 per article (valid until December 31, 2021).
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
    • Effective January 1, 2022: Receive 15% off the APC in partially open (hybrid) journals. Following manuscript acceptance, authors receive a link to the licensing system where the discount is applied automatically when using a macewan.ca email account and selecting the open access option (valid January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2024). 
  • SAGE
    • Subscription journals: MacEwan corresponding authors publishing in over 900 Sage Choice journals can choose to publish their work open access at no cost. 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: MacEwan corresponding authors publishing in participating fully open access journals can receive a 40% discount on article processing charges. This discount will be applied automatically in the SAGE Open Access Portal (valid until December 31, 2023).
  • Taylor & Francis Open Select Journals
    • For a 25% discount through CRKN, an author can submit an article and choose the open access publishing option. When the APC is generated, authors can select their institution from the drop-down menu, and the discount will be automatically applied. Please check directly with the journal to confirm discount eligibility (valid until December 31, 2021). 

Self-Archive Works in a Repository

Most academic journal publishers that are not open access allow authors to post the final peer-reviewed draft of their work to an online repository (also known as an author accepted manuscript or post-print).

Look up self-archiving policies on journal publisher websites, or by using a site called SHERPA RoMEO. You can also ask MacEwan's institutional repository staff to investigate policies for you by emailing citations for works to roam@macewan.ca.

When permitted by publishers, authors can self-archive their works in one of two ways:

Find an Open Access Book Publisher

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


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