Open Access @ Appalachian: 2023 Read and Publish Deals

In 2023 Appalachian University Libraries has established a few new partnerships with academic publishers, and continued, or expanded upon, existing deals to cover the Article Processing Charges (APCs) that are applied to open access publication in some journals and usually fall to the author. 

These read and publish deals, also known as transformative arrangements, are designed so that the library absorbs the expense of the open access publishing option with these journals.

We are pleased to support open access scholarship for Appalachian State University personnel, including faculty, students, and staff, through these deals. Each publisher provides specific instructions for authors to follow, and they vary, so make sure to submit the information accordingly to receive the benefit.


APC’s Fully Covered

Association for Computing Machinery

As of July 1, 2023, Appalachian authors can publish articles in ACM journals, magazines, and conference proceedings as Open Access (OA) with no additional fees .

ACM publishes more than 50 scholarly peer-reviewed journals in dozens of computing and information technology disciplines offering a comprehensive archive of computing innovation that includes data mining and management, architecture and accessibility, programming languages and software engineering, graphics and networking, Internet and Web technology, computational logic and storage issues, and computer-human interaction among many other specialties.

For more details, start here: ACM OPEN Author Experience

American Chemical Society

As of January of 2023, Appalachian University Libraries have a read and publish deal with the American Chemical Society that enables Appalachian personnel to publish in their open access journals without paying an article processing charge.

The American Chemical Society publishes more than seventy-five journals in chemistry and related fields, including medicine, nanoscience, engineering, environmental studies, computer science, telecommunications, physics, and more.

Instructions are provided in this ACS Author Brochure

Cambridge University Press

Continuing an arrangement that started on January 1, 2021, Appalachian State University authors publishing in Cambridge University Press journals are automatically eligible for open access publication. Cambridge University Press publishes more than 380 peer-reviewed academic journals covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine.

 Guide to Publishing OA in Cambridge Journals


 In 2023, as members of the Carolina Consortium, Appalachian State University authors are eligible for the expanded shared voucher program with the academic publisher Wiley. The vouchers are now applicable to every one of Wiley’s more than 1,600, often science-oriented, peer-reviewed academic journals.

 This year the consortium received 735 vouchers, which grant authors publishing in any of Wiley's journals the option of making their article open access without paying an APC.

 It’s worth noting that while the vouchers are intended to cover the consortium’s publications for the calendar year, once the voucher pool is exhausted, corresponding authors will instead be eligible for a 10% discount on article processing charges. As the year progresses, if you want to inquire about voucher availability, email Natalie Foreman.

Wiley's Carolina Consortium Open Access Vouchers


The Microbiology Society

 Appalachian University Libraries' contract with the Microbiology Society covers article processing charges for Appalachian authors in all six of their journals: Microbiology; Journal of General Virology; Journal of Medical Microbiology; Microbial Genomics; International Journal of Systemic and Evolutionary Microbiology; and Access Microbiology.

Interested Appalachian authors should follow these procedures: Microbiology's Publish and Read Instructions for Authors


APC Discount


As a member of the Carolina Consortium, Appalachian State authors publishing in qualifying SAGE Journals automatically receive a 10% discount on article processing charges.

SAGE contacts authors regarding the discount once their article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.



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Published: Feb 3, 2023 1:44pm