The University of California, via the California Digital Library, has reached a transformative open access agreement with Cambridge University Press which governs both payments for UC access to Cambridge journals and payments for open access publication of UC research. As a result, UC-affiliated corresponding authors are eligible for significant support to publish open access in any Cambridge journal which currently offers an OA option.

Who is covered?

Corresponding authors who are affiliated with any UC campus, UC Office of the President, or Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

What journals are covered?

All journals published by Cambridge University Press which are either fully open access or offer an open access option. This currently includes approximately 80% of Cambridge’s journals (about 75 journals do not offer any option for open access publishing).

A complete listing of Cambridge journals is located here. Any journal marked with “Open access” or “Contains open access” on that page is included in the agreement.

What is the discount?

A 30% discount will be applied to the APC for every article published by a UC corresponding author, and the UC libraries will cover the first $1,000 of the remaining, discounted fee. Authors with grant funding available will be asked to pay any remaining amount. Authors who lack research funds will continue to be fully funded by the libraries.

How can I apply this discount?

Following acceptance of your article, you should choose open access on the author form provided by Cambridge. You will then receive an email from RightsLink, Cambridge’s open access fee payment system. Follow the link in that email, and choose the option to “Seek funding from University of California Libraries.”

For further details on the process, see the FAQ on the Cambridge agreement and this blog post detailing the process.

What licenses are available?

You will have a choice of Creative Commons licenses, with the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) license as a default.

For more information about the importance of license selection and Creative Commons in open access publishing, see this NEJM Perspective.

What is the business model behind this arrangement?

The UC’s transformative agreement with Cambridge University Press covers both access to Cambridge journals and payments for open access publishing by UC corresponding authors.

For more information on the specifics of this agreement, see the UC libraries’ Cambridge University Press FAQ page, or Cambridge University Press’s OA agreement for UC authors page.

Last updated June 24, 2020.