Earlier this year I outlined three ways PLOS is working to eliminate author fees through new business models. The models we introduced in 2020 began as an experiment to systemically address the barriers publications fees pose for many researchers...
Partner with us to change the publishing landscape and make Open Access more accessible to all.
Open Access is evolving. Scholarly publishing stakeholders must collaborate to ensure a diverse and sustainable publishing ecosystem.
At PLOS, we believe science should be shared globally, with everyone, regardless of ability to pay to read or publish. We believe APCs are just one part of a mixed-model ecosystem. And we believe partnership in collaboration with research institutions, consortia, funders, and service providers can achieve a truly open to read, open to publish framework for researchers
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Open Access Doesn’t Need APCs: Our Progress To-Date
What drives us: Changing the landscape to make Open Access more affordable
In our new interview series, we asked leaders at PLOS to share what motivates them to push the boundaries of science communication and support research and researchers.
Reduced, predictable fee structure
Our partnership models reduce the administrative overhead of managing APCs. Whether you choose monthly billing, flat fees, or community action publishing, PLOS partner fees are transparent, consistent, and predictable.
Smoother path to Open Access for authors
Institutional support for authors eliminates the time researchers spend administering the payment workflow themselves. PLOS works with your institution to ensure your authors are aware of agreements that enable them to publish with no fees or reduced transaction charges.
Custom reports and publishing insights
Take a deeper dive into your publication needs with our custom reporting options. Use our native tools to dig deeper into submissions, publications, funding and data sources for your authors. Plus, we’re partnering with vendors like COUNTER and LibLynx to provide the same level of usage detail you’d find with a subscription publisher.
Automatic funder compliance
All PLOS journals have been fully Open Access from the very beginning. Our commitment to make everything we publish immediately available for anyone to share and reuse without restrictions naturally complies with major OA funder requirements including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, Plan S, and UK Ref. We’re also a participant in the PLAN S Price Transparency Framework
Shape the future of Open Access
Help us increase the accessibility of Open Access and shape best publishing practices from your perspective. As our partners, your feedback in shaping new business models is key to our success. Consider participating in our library advisory forum and collaborative research projects to shape the future of PLOS institutional collaboration.