The University of California, via the California Digital Library, maintains a subscription to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).  As a result, PNAS grants a discount to UC authors who wish to pay an article processing charge (APC) to publish their articles open access.

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?

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an otherwise subscription journal which allows authors to choose to pay to make their articles Open Access immediately upon publication.

What is the discount?

Approximately 25%; exact costs are available from PNAS’s Open Access Option page.

How can I apply this discount?

The corresponding author should select the Open Access Option on the PNAS billing forms included with the author proofs, indicating the reduced APC due to a site license.

What licenses are available?

Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND only.

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 National Academy of Sciences offers this discount to all institutional subscribers independently of license negotiations; it is not explicitly included in subscription agreements.  The University of California does not pay for this discount, nor does UC receive any refund on subscription costs when UC-affiliated authors pay to publish in PNAS.

More information about publishing Open Access with PNAS can be found on PNAS’s Open Access Option page.

Last updated October 16, 2018.