UMass Amherst Libraries, through their membership in the NERL Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries, signed a three-year agreement with the nonprofit and open access publisher Public Library of Science (PLOS), offering UMass Amherst researchers charge free or reduced fees. publication of manuscripts accepted in 12 PLOS journals. Longtime advocates of the open scholarship, libraries are celebrating this first publisher deal that allows researchers to publish for free in leading STEM journals. Using innovative funding models, PLOS is at the forefront of making peer-reviewed research publications fair and accessible to researchers and readers.
“This agreement aligns with our strategy to leverage library investments in support of the Open Fellowship, to share the shine of our academic community with the world,” said Sarah Hutton, Acting Dean of Libraries . “This brings us closer to a shared vision for the creation and dissemination of open knowledge in the global community.”
“PLOS has made open access part of the standard for scientific publishing. They were at the forefront of what has become an exciting transition to make our science accessible to all, ”says Bethany Bradley, professor of environmental conservation. “It’s inspiring to see UMass Amherst Libraries continue to lead us towards a model where science is no longer buried behind an expensive pay wall. “
As of October 1, 2021, UMass Amherst authors whose research is accepted by PLOS Biology, PLOS Climate, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation or PLOS Water will publish free of charge. Authors of papers accepted by PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS One or PLOS Pathogens will be charged a fixed transaction fee of $ 400, significantly reduced from the usual fee of $ 775 at $ 2,575.
Lynn Adler, professor of biology, says: “We are very grateful for the libraries agreement with PLOS. PLOS One gave us a great opportunity to publish student research in an open access journal that suited the job well. The students shared their work widely and achieved an important career goal. With this new agreement, I look forward to more options for sharing faculty and student research in PLOS open access publications.
Under the terms of the agreement, UMass Amherst Libraries will join a community of academic libraries, including the California Digital Library, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Ohio State University and the University of Arkansas, which fund the publications. PLOS through direct payments to the publisher. These payments partially or fully cover the costs of the journals, and different fee structures are designed to achieve global equity in scholarly communication participation. For more information on funding open scholarships, see the Library Funding Models Guide.