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Open Access @ Pitt: Open Access Publishing Opportunities

This guide contains resources for scholars who want to make their work open.

The University Library System has paid for OA publishing for Pitt authors with these publishers:

This means that if there are publication charges (also called APCs or author fees) for publishing open access in journals from these publishers, the library already has an agreement with that publisher to pay the fees for Pitt authors. Click a publisher name for more information.

The ULS participates in the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model for Berghahn Open Anthro, meaning that in addition to having access to read the back catalog of the 14 participating journals, Pitt authors can also publish open access for free in these titles.

To review the titles in this collection, visit the Berghahn Open Anthro website.


Pitt authors are able to publish in American Chemical Society (ACS) journals through their partnership with our library consortium PALCI.

Once your article is accepted, you will receive an email to complete the Journal Publishing Agreement (JPA). Click the link in the e-mail, then select “Yes, I wish to publish open access as per the agreement” and complete the JPA signing process. Pitt participates in the Copyright Clearance Center's touch-free workflow, so you should not have any additional steps after this point.

For a walkthrough of the entire process, please see the video below from ACS.

Article fees are now waived for all Pitt authors publishing in the Institute of Physics (IOP) portfolio of journals. To take advantage of our agreement with IOP, use your University of Pittsburgh e-mail address and follow the steps in their Publishing Guide for Transformative Agreements.

Article Processing Charges are waived for University of Pittsburgh authors publishing in Cambridge journals when the following criteria apply:

  • The corresponding author must be affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh or UPMC. 
  • The article is original research in one of these article types: research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, and case reports. 
  • The article was accepted for publication after January 1, 2022. 

To receive the waiver, make sure to register your account in Cambridge’s online submission system using your Pitt (or UPMC) e-mail address and enter University of Pittsburgh as your affiliation. Then, select that you want to publish under one of the Open Access licenses. You do not need to apply for funding through the Author Fee Fund to receive this waiver. If you have any questions, please e-mail For more information about the Cambridge agreement, see our press release

Additional OA publishing opportunities without article fees:

The Open Library of Humanities is a collection of open access journals in a variety of disciplines. The ULS’s contribution to the Open Library of Humanities helps make these journals free for everyone to read and publish.

Established in 2014, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is a partnership of over 3,000 libraries, funding agencies, and research organizations from 44 countries and 3 intergovernmental organizations, hosted at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Working with publishers of leading journals in the discipline, SCOAP3 has collectively supported open access publishing of research articles, enabling free global readership and re-use for high energy physics research, as well as barrier-free and equal publishing without Article Processing Charges (APCs) for authors from 120 countries across the world.

SciPost is a complete publishing infrastructure serving professional scientists worldwide. 

The Free Journal Network (FJN)’s mission is to support the ecosystem of “diamond” open access journals – noncommercial journals which are maintained by the scholarly community, and which are completely free to read and to publish. The FJN promotes the FAIR principles of open scholarship and supports the community of journals with best practices, infrastructure and service support, and technical help resources.