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PeerJ and BioMedCentral OA Memberships

In addition to providing support for the Oregon State University Open Access Policy, which requires the deposit of author accepted manuscript versions of new faculty articles to the ScholarsArchive@OSU institutional repository, Oregon State University Libraries and Press provides financial support for authors interested in publishing their articles in open access journals. The Libraries has entered agreements with the following open access publishers to make open access publishing options more affordable for OSU authors, reducing cost barriers for OSU faculty.

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is a Science, Technology, and Medicine publisher of over 200 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine and includes broad interest titles, such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Retrovirology and BMC Genomics. All articles published in BMC journals are immediately and freely accessible on the web. Instead of charging readers with subscriptions, BMC charges authors Article Processing Charges (APCs). OSU Libraries is a BMC Supporter member, which automatically gives OSU-affiliated authors a 15% discount on APCs. Authors will be notified of the discount upon submission of their manuscripts to any BMC journal.

BMC Journal List


PeerJ is a relatively new open access publisher, created by one of the founders of the Public Library of Science (PLoS). It operates a peer-reviewed journal and a preprint server, covering the biological and health sciences. All articles published in PeerJ are immediately and freely accessible on the web. Instead of paying Article Processing Charges, authors purchase publication plans for a nominal fee, which provide them with the lifetime ability to publish papers with PeerJ at no further cost. Nature has described PeerJ as a “significant innovation” and it has won several industry awards in the last year. OSU Libraries has prepaid for publication plans for OSU researchers who have an article accepted by PeerJ. Authors gain this plan at the point of acceptance of their manuscript, and the plan is good for the remainder of their career. For more information about this benefit, please see: http://peerj.com/institutions/19/oregon-state-university.

Contact Michael Boock in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services for more information: michael.boock@oregonstate.edu.