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Open Access Publishing & Policies: Open Access Publishing Discounts

University of California Publisher OA Agreements and Discounts

        Publisher OA Agreements and Discounts

The University of California has transformative open access publishing agreements and publishing discounts in place with a broad range of scholarly publishers, including several of the world’s largest commercial journal publishers, as well as society, not-for-profit, and fully open access publishers. These agreements and discounts are in place to make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish open access by reducing the amount that authors are responsible for paying when publishing open.
Please note: it is a good idea to check the link above for the details of each agreement or contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian (scholcomm at ucsd dot edu) with questions.
  • corresponding author must be UC affiliated
  • not all agreements cover all journals or all of the APC
  • the terms and the journals under agreement are time-bound and subject to change


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UC San Diego Discounts on Publication Charges


Article and/or book publication discounts listed below are available to UC San Diego authors. 



What is Included

OA Discount

Discount Based On


Make your articles OA without paying the APC?

Luminos All books 15% UC San Diego Library supporting membership (Garamond level) More coverage of the BPC may be available - please contact the Library to inquire how we can help.  
MDPI All MDPI journals 10% Institutional Open Access Program UCSD is a member of the program, but do not support MDPI financially.  Authors will be responsible for payments directly through MDPI.  
PeerJ All journals 100% UCSD 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.


Last updated June 7, 2022.