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Open Access Agreements and Memberships

Publishing Open Access

The Carnegie Mellon University Libraries support Open Access publishing in many ways. As a world-leading research institution, Carnegie Mellon is a major creator and consumer of scholarly materials. We aim to provide the CMU campus with a range of Open Access publishing options, including publisher agreements and funds for Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Journal Agreements

Through the Libraries’ efforts to champion new forms of scholarly communication, we have focused on building relationships with publishers that prioritize open access and sustainability.

Open Access agreements with publishers

The Libraries has Open Access agreements with various publishers, including Elsevier, Wiley, Cambridge University Press, Springer, Institute of Physics, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM),  American Chemical Society (ACS), Cold Spring Harbor Press, Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). 

A comprehensive list of journals

To search through the various journals eligible under the CMU publisher agreements, please see the list.

Overview of CMU Open Access Agreements

See agreement pages for more additional details

Publisher Eligible Journals
American Chemical Society (ACS)

All ACS journals

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) All ACM journals, conference proceedings and magazines
Cambridge University Press See list of journals covered under this agreement
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press Genes & Development 
Learning & Memory
Genome Research 
Molecular Case Studies 
Elsevier Gold or Hybrid Open Access journals (excluding Cell Press journals)
Institute of Physics (IOP) 

See list of journals covered under this agreement

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) A 10% discount on APCs for all journals

All PeerJ journals:

  • The Journal of Life & Environmental Sciences (PeerJ)
  • PeerJ Computer Science
  • PeerJ Physical Chemistry
  • PeerJ Organic Chemistry
  • PeerJ Inorganic Chemistry
  • PeerJ Analytical Chemistry
  • PeerJ Materials Science
Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) 50% discount on APCs in NAR journal
Public Library of Science (PLoS)  All PLoS journals  
Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) See list of journals covered under this agreement
Springer All Springer Hybrid journals (excluding Nature journals)
Wiley Wiley hybrid and gold journals

*Articles in Open Access journals without a CMU corresponding author can still be made OA using the Libraries' APC fund to pay some of the OA publishing fees. See CMU’s APC webpage for more information and to apply for APC funds.

See full list of journals supported through CMU's Open Access publisher agreements and memberships.


If you are unsure whether your article or journal is covered under CMU publisher agreements, or with other questions, please contact the University Libraries Data and Publishing Services team.