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Discounts for open access publishing fees

As a researcher at Umeå university you can publish your article open access free of charge or at a reduced cost in a wide variety of journals, thanks to agreements made between the library and various publishers. On this page you can read more about this process and find our agreements. The open access discount search allows you to search for specific journals where you can publish open access at a discount.

Publishing fees covered in full or in part by library agreements

When publishing your research open access, you often have to pay a publication fee known as the article processing charge (APC). The publisher may apply the fee for open access journals as well as for the open access option in a subscription-based journal.

Through agreements between the library and various publishers, researchers at Umeå university have the opportunity to get discounts on these open access publishing fees. The agreements either cover the APC fully or give a partial discount. They include several thousand journals in total.

The agreements may have additional terms and conditions that need to be followed in order for the discounts to apply. It is therefore important that you read the library’s agreement with the publisher of the journal that you are planning to get published in.

Our agreements for 2022

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

ACS (American Chemical Society)

AIP (American Institute of Physics)

APS (American Physical Society)




Cambridge University Press

Company of Biologists




European Respiratory Society


IOP (Institute of Physics)

IOS Press


Mark Allen Healthcare

MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

Microbiology Society

Nature and Nature Research journals

Oxford University Press

PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Rockefeller University Press

The Royal Society

RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry)

RSM (Royal Society of Medicine) hybrid journals

RSM (Royal Society of Medicine) open access journals

SAGE hybrid journals

SAGE open access journals

Springer Compact (Springer Nature hybrid journals)

Springer Nature Fully OA

Taylor & Francis


Search for a journal to find the right agreement

Use the open access discount search in order to find out if a journal that you want to publish in is included in any of our agreements. In the search results, follow the link under ”Who pays” for more details about the library's agreement with the publisher.

General terms and conditions

To be eligible for a discount, the following generally applies:

  • You must be the corresponding author, i.e., the one handling communication with the publisher and journal.
  • Your Umeå University affiliation must be stated in the published article.
  • Use your university e-mail ending with The e-mail domain is often used to recognize your eligibility.

Publishers may have additional terms and conditions. Always check the library’s agreement with the publisher of the journal that you are planning to publish in.