No article publishing charges for IU Bloomington authors:
New Cambridge University Press and Public Library of Science (PLOS) agreements announced through Big Ten Academic Alliance.
Under a new collaborative deal, Indiana University authors are eligible to publish with no membership fees (also known as Article Processing Charges or APCs) in the highly-selective journals PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine. This arrangement started January 1, 2021, and runs through 2023. In a similar three-year agreement with Cambridge University Press, IU Bloomington authors will have uncapped, open access publishing of accepted research with no additional costs to authors, and there will be no charge for corresponding authors in all gold (40 titles) and hybrid journals (330 titles).
Both agreements have been negotiated by the 15-member Big Ten Academic Alliance, or BTAA, to test new community-based models for quality open access publishing. BTAA Universities are national leaders in promoting greater author control over the dissemination of their research. As a long-time BTAA member, Indiana University Libraries embraces the evident impact of collaborative, collective action.
"The significance of these new deals goes beyond cost savings," says Carolyn Walters, Ruth Lilly Dean of IU Libraries. "Open access as it stands creates equity in access. At IU and other pioneering organizations who are working toward this goal, we find outdated funding models preventing progress. These new agreements have the potential of proving not only that BTAA members are serious about transformation of scholarly publishing, but that we have the combined strength to make it a reality."
The BTAA is the largest consortium globally to participate in both PLOS Community Action Publishing communities. Every member has committed to the full three-year pilot, representing some of the largest research institutions in the world and major contributors to both journals.