As of March 10, 2021, the University of California (UC) has a three-year open access agreement with Canadian Science Publishing (CSP). The agreement includes open access publishing of an unlimited number of articles by corresponding authors at the nine participating UC campuses (UCSF is not participating), and provides researchers at those campuses with unlimited reading access to the full portfolio of CSP journals. 

This agreement has two goals: (1) to support UC’s mission as a public university and advance the global shift toward sustainable open access publishing by making UC-authored publications open to the world, and (2) to maintain journal affordability. As with UC’s other transformative open access agreements, the UC libraries are providing funding to help cover open access publishing fees for UC authors who publish in CSP’s journals.

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Agreement Basics

What are the basic terms of the agreement?

This agreement runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 and covers open access publishing in CSP’s hybrid (subscription-based) and open access journals. It covers 9 of the 10 UC campuses (UC San Francisco is not participating).  

How does the agreement work?

Under the agreement, the UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee, or article processing charge (APC), for all UC authors who choose to publish in a Canadian Science Publishing journal. Authors who do not have research funds available can request full funding of the APC from the libraries, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish open access in CSP  journals. For details, see below under “Article Payment Process.”

With this agreement, UC has shifted its investment from paying to read CSP journals to paying based on UC authors publishing in CSP journals. Based on careful modeling of UC publication rates, baseline fees have been established, with the amounts paid in bulk by UC. The exact amounts paid will be determined by UC corresponding author choices to publish open access, and the level of contribution of research funds from authors.  

Cost controls have been put in place so that the total owed by UC in any year of the agreement is bounded, and APC rates will remain the same throughout the term of the agreement.

Impact for Authors

Am I affected by this agreement?

Yes, if you are (1) a UC affiliate (faculty, lecturer, staff, graduate student) at one of UC’s campuses other than UC San Francisco, (2) you are the article’s corresponding author, and (3) you choose to publish your article open access in Canadian Science Publishing’s journals.  Authors affiliated with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are included in this agreement.

If you want to publish your article open access in CSP journals, UC has negotiated an agreement that will make it more cost effective for you to do so. If you want to publish in CSP journals but do not want to publish open access, you can still publish your article as paywalled (pay-to-read or subscription only) content in CSP journals. 

UC faculty, lecturers, staff, and students on nine campuses (other than UC San Francisco) will continue to have reading access to all of CSP’s journals.

Only corresponding authors are covered by the publishing aspects of this agreement. 

Who is considered a corresponding author?

For CSP,  by default the submitting author is designated as corresponding (or contact) author. The corresponding author is the primary contact the journal corresponds with.   For CSP journals, only the submitting author can upload revision and production files. 

Which articles and types of publications are covered by this agreement?

All research articles are covered by this agreement.

The agreement will apply to articles accepted from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023.

For articles accepted after January 1, 2021 but before the launch of this workflow March 9, 2021, CSP will reach out to authors to ask them retrospectively about this choice, and the steps will follow as laid out below under “Article Payment Process.”

Which Canadian Science Publishing journals are included in this agreement?

All of Canadian Science Publishing’s journals are included, including both hybrid (subscription-based) and open access journals. A complete listing of CSP journals is located here

Article Payment Process

If I choose to publish open access, how do payments work?

The way the process works for authors who wish to publish open access with financial support from UC libraries: 

  • Upon acceptance, select open access as publishing preference
    • Immediately after acceptance, corresponding authors will receive an email from CSP with the invitation to access the publishing system and review their manuscript. 
    • Once in the ScholarOne system, the second option authors will see is about their publishing preferences. 
      • One of the preferences will be for open access publishing.  
      • UC corresponding authors should select this option if they wish to publish open access with financial support from the UC libraries.
  • Complete form 
    • Upon indicating open access as a publishing preference, authors will be provided with a “University of California Open Access Payment Form” asking about the article charges:
      • In all cases, the UC libraries will contribute the first $1,000 of the Article Processing Charge (APC).
      • Authors will be asked whether they have research funding available to cover the remainder of the APC.   
      • The remainder of the APC will be indicated towards the bottom of the form, labeled as “Total APC cost remaining.”  
    • Authors will need to indicate whether they have research funds available to pay this remaining balance of the APC, or whether they do not have such funds available and need the UC libraries to cover the remaining balance.
      • If an author answers no, indicating research funds are not available for the remaining balance of the article processing charge:
        • The author will be asked to identify the reason full funding from the UC libraries is needed, from a set of reasons (e.g., the research is not grant-funded and you have no other sources of funding available; the grant budget did not include money for publishing; etc.)   
        • The author will not be invoiced. The request will be reviewed and if approved, the charge will be paid in full by the UC libraries. Authors will be contacted if an appropriate UC affiliation cannot be verified.
      • If an author answers yes, indicating research funds are available, the author will be invoiced for the remaining balance of the APC, which appears towards the bottom of the form, labeled as “Total APC cost remaining.”

What if I don't have a grant or other research funds?

  • If you don’t have research funds and you want to publish open access, the libraries will pay your full article processing charge. See above under “if I choose to publish open access, how do payments work?”

What if I don't want to publish open access? Can I still publish with Canadian Science Publishing?

  • Yes. Where and how you publish is your decision. The agreement with Canadian Science Publishing does not mandate open access publishing, nor does it dictate your journal selection. Rather, it makes open access publishing in CSP journals more affordable. You can opt out. 

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