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Publishing Models

Traditional vs. Open Access Publishing

The shift from print to digital publishing has had a profound impact on the way scholarship is reviewed, published, and disseminated. This affects how the scholarship you create can be accessed and used by others.

The following graphic can be used as a basic summary of current options. However, this is an area that is in flux, due to changes in the way scholarship is funded and the growing interest in making research, including the components of research such as datasets, more openly available.

publishing models

Green OA options

Green open access (OA), also referred to as self-archiving, allows researchers to deposit a copy of their work in a digital repository in order to make it freely accessible. The copy that is self-archived is usually not the same version of the work that is published commercially, and the version that is allowed to be deposited depends on the publisher's copyright policy or the rights negotiated in the publication agreement. Unlike Gold OA, there are no APCs or other charges associated with self-archiving.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame can deposit their work in CurateND, the university's institutional repository. To learn more about publisher copyright policies related to self-archiving, refer to the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

Gold/Hybrid OA Funding Options

The library does not currently provide funding that would pay Article Processing Charges (APC) for making scholarship open access. The recommendation for the past several years has been to work with your department chairs or deans of the various colleges to seek funding. Faculty may also consider applying to other institutes on campus.

Faculty may also be able to seek funding assistance for APCs from other academic institutions or from other funding organizations.

Many publishers offer fee assistance programs, which might include a discount or even a waiver if certain conditions are met. It’s also important to note that many OA journals do NOT charge APCs or other fees. A good place to look for these types of OA journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals or the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) site.


Open Access Publisher Discounts for ND Researchers – Institutional Memberships

The University of Notre Dame has an institutional account with open access publisher MDPI. Researchers who choose to publish in an MDPI journal will receive a discount on the APC for that journal.


Open Access Publisher Discounts for ND Researchers – Negotiated/Licensed

As a result of our current subscriptions, University of Notre Dame researchers may apply for discounts on the APCs charged by the following publishers/journals.

AAAS Science Advances

Notre Dame authors receive a 15% discount on APCs for this OA journal.

BioMed Central/SpringerOpen

Notre Dame has a membership to BioMed Central that provides a discount on APCs to any SpringerOpen journal.

American Chemical Society

Because of our institutional subscription to ACS journals, Notre Dame researchers qualify for a discount on APCs for journals included in ACS AuthorChoice titles.

National Academy of Sciences

Because of our institutional subscription to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Notre Dame researchers qualify for a discount of approximately 25% on APCs for this journal. More information on this program can be found here.