The University of California, via the California Digital Library, maintains an Open Access Membership with the Royal Society. As a result, UC authors are entitled to a discount on article processing charges (APCs) when publishing in one of the Royal Society’s full OA journals or when choosing to pay for open access in one of the Royal Society’s traditionally subscription journals.
Who is covered?
Paying 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 the Royal Society.
What is the discount?
25% off of the standard APC rate (APCs vary by journal).
How can I apply this discount?
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked if they want to pay an APC for open access publication; this payment is optional for all Royal Society subscription journals, but is required for Royal Society’s two full OA journals, Royal Society Open Science and Open Biology. Authors who choose to pay the APC will be asked if they are from a member institution, and shown a list of all members. UC-affiliated authors should indicate here that they are from a member institution to apply the discount.
The UC author needs to be the one to arrange payment in order to secure this discount, although they do not need to be the lead or corresponding author on the paper.
What licenses are available?
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 California Digital Library pays a yearly fee on behalf of the UC Libraries to secure this discount for UC-affiliated authors. This fee is separate from UC’s license agreement with the Royal Society. Additionally, any APCs paid to the Royal Society are separate from the university’s licensing fees; they are added costs that do not lower the amount that UC pays to Royal Society for access to content.
For information about publishing Open Access with the Royal Society, see the Royal Society’s Open Access page.