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Why Publish Open Access?

Making published works open access makes it available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection, increasing its use, visibility and potential impact. 

Open access is also a requirement of many funding agencies, including the Tri-Agency

Publish in an Open Access Journal

To explore peer-reviewed open access journals covering all subjects, many without any fees, visit the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Article Processing Changes

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

For help covering APCs in open access journals indexed in the DOAJ, apply to the MacEwan Scholarly Activity Support Fund.

The following discounts are also available to corresponding authors affiliated with MacEwan University as members of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). Be sure to use a macewan.ca email when submitting.

Publisher APC Discount Details
Cambridge University Press No 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 Publishing 25% off all journals Authors must identify as affiliated with MacEwan University to receive a reduced open access publishing fee (valid until December 31, 2022).
Royal Society of Chemistry 15% 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 macewan.ca email account and selecting the open access option (valid until December 31, 2024).
SAGE No 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 & Francis 25% 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).

Deposit Works in RO@M

Faculty and staff can share scholarly and creative works in RO@M in the following ways:

  • Agree to the "Publication Consent" option in the faculty annual report form (eCV).
  • Send a list of citations for published works, or individual files, to roam@macewan.ca.

Repository staff will investigate copyright and let you know if there's anything else we need to share your work. 

Note: To make journal articles published in subscription journals open access, we will need you to send us the final peer-reviewed and revised draft version, also known as a post-print or author accepted manuscript.

Deposit Works in a Preprint Repository

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, and visit the Sherpa Romeo database to check whether the journal you plan to submit to allows for the deposit of preprints in a repository prior to submission.

Find an Open Access Book Publisher

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


Still have questions?
Contact Scholarly Communications Librarian Robyn Hall