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Open Access Publishing & Policies: Open Access Publishing Discounts

UCSD Discounts on Article Publication Charges

UC San Diego discounts on article publication charges through our library or CDL institutional subscriptions and memberships. Please check the publisher's website for additional information. Some discounts may only apply based on the affiliation of the corresponding author, and some publisher discounts are restricted to a particular journal rather than all of the titles they publish.

Adapted from CDL's UC Discounts on APCs page.



Journals Included

OA Discount

Discount Based On


Make your articles OA without paying the APC?

American Chemical Society


CDL-licensed journals

ACS AuthorChoice:

25% discount, approx. 62% discount for ACS members. Different price levels for immediate availability and available after 12 months.

"All ACS Publications" subscribing institution, plus level of individual author's ACS membership.

Corresponding authors received 2 Author Rewards credits (each worth $750) for each ACS article published in 2014. These can be applied toward APC charges for future articles, but must be redeemed by Dec 31, 2017. Author Rewards credits are transferrable; just give your colleague the promotional code(s).

Yes. Deposit the final accepted manuscript into eScholarship with a 12-month embargo.

Use Author Choice and Author Rewards if you want to make the PDF freely available.

BioMed Central



BMC supporter membership


Cogitatio Press



Institutional membership

The Publisher waives all article processing charges (APC) of articles accepted for publication from UCSD corresponding authors.The agreement is valid for all scholars (such as faculty, research fellows, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, etc.) affiliated with the Institution and all its subdivisions (Faculties, Schools, Colleges, Departments, Institutes, etc.).

Yes. All articles are published under a Creative Commons license: Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY), guaranteeing that authors retain the copyrights of their work and can freely use, reuse and share their articles. Authors may post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) without any embargo period.

Electrochemical Society



ECS Plus Subscription

As a subscribing institution, we have unlimited article credits. Select Author Choice Open Access when you submit your paper, and indicate that you come from a subscribing institution.

Because of the article credits, you can always make your articles OA without fees.

Mary Ann Liebert

CDL-licensed journals (licensed directly from MAL)


Institutional members

$3200 for initial article; discount applies to subsequent published articles.

Yes. You can post the final accepted manuscript into eScholarship with a 12 month embargo.

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) All 10% Institutional Membership Papers will be auto-archived into eScholarship. With APC, published pdf; w/o APC, green OA post/preprint.

National Academy of Sciences



UC site license

Authors should note the reduced APC on the PNAS billing forms.

Yes. You can post the PDF on your personal website, as well as deposit the final accepted manuscript in eScholarship.

Nature Publishing

British Journal of Cancer

Approx. 13 and 25%, depending on CC option selected.

UC site license

Download the reduced rate BJC Open Payment form.

Yes. You can post the final accepted manuscript in eScholarship with a 6 month embargo.

Oxford University Press

Nucleic Acids Research


NAR membership


Oxford University Press

Journal of Experimental Botany


Current institutional subscription

All primary papers where corresponding author's instutition has a full subscription to the journal will be published OA.

PeerJ All journals 100% Institutional plan

The Library has deposited funds to cover 36 basic memberships for UCSD authors. The basic (lifetime) membership waives the APC for one article/year. Every co-author will need a membership.

Royal Society of Chemistry All RSC subscription journals, Hybrid OA journals 15% UC site license Discount for corresponding authors who are affiliated with any UC campus, UC Office of the President, or Lawrence Berkeley Lab.  


SpringerOpen journals


Supporter membership


Adapted from CDL's UC Discounts on APCs page.