Costs Associated with Publishing Open Access

Most publishers and journals offer authors with accepted publications the option to publish their work under an Open Access model. Publishing Open Access makes the work available to anyone, regardless of whether they have subscription access to the larger journal. In order to make a work available Open Access, publishers ask authors to pay Article Processing Charges. These charges can be expensive and prohibitive to students and faculty seeking to publish under this model. 

The Kipnes library participates in two licensing agreements with publishers that provide waivers to publish Open Access in some of their journals. Learn more below. This guide will be updated if further agreements are added in the future.

Transformative Publishing Agreements

The library consortium of which the Kipnes Library is a member, SCELC, defines transformative agreements as:

"....contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries or consortia) and publishers that gradually transition the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing. These agreements shift funding away from paying to read closed articles toward paying a fair price for open access publishing services."

Currently, students and faculty at Fielding can take advantage of open access fee waivers in many journals published by Wiley and Springer. More details:

If you have any questions about these waivers, please contact Abby Rae, Director of Library Services, to discuss: