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Monday, October 22, 2018

It's Open Access Week! The Library supports Open Access (OA), which is scholarly content freely available to anyone with an Internet connection, without barriers. The Library can assist University of Waterloo authors and researchers who wish to make their work freely available, either by depositing their work in an Open Access repository (UWSpace), or publishing work in an OA journal.

Some publishers offer Waterloo researchers discounts on article processing charges (APCs), which is great news now that Open Access publishing is requirement of Tri-agency funding.

Here is a list of publishers that offer discounts through the Library's subscriptions and memberships:

Publisher Discount


American Chemical Society 25%

The discount is on the AuthorChoice license. Waterloo authors are eligible for an “Affiliation” discount. ACS members may use both their Member and Affiliate discounts concurrently. Contact Kathy Szigeti, Liaison Librarian for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

More information is available on the ACS open access initiatives page.  

BioMed Central 15% The Library subscribes to a BioMed Central membership, which affords Waterloo researchers a discount on publication fees. More information is available on the BioMed Central membership page.
MDPI 10% Discounts are provided through the Institutional Open Access Program.
NRC Research Press 50% NRC's open access page describes the various open access options offered.
Sage 40%

Sage provides a page on author information for open access publishing.

There are a few steps to proceeding with this discount. If you would like to use the Sage discount please send a message to

Springer Open 15% Discount is on SpringerOpen Books and Journals, and does not apply to Springer's subscription titles with OA options. More information is available on the Springer Open access membership site. 

The University also provides discounts to researchers through their other affiliations. Learn more about APC discounts available to Waterloo researchers.

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