Scholarly Publishing Services

The Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team is open to collaborating with faculty interested in scholarly publishing. Available resources include creating e-book and e-journals on local publishing platforms, helping you publish and preserve content on alternative platforms, and leveraging the print and administrative services of the UNC Press. The notion of "academic libraries as publishers" is a new and growing development, and we welcome your interest and ideas. We can help you:

  • Explore publishing pathways to make your research more readily and openly available through innovative technologies
  • Pursue open access publishing for journals and open educational resources
  • Partner with the University of North Carolina Press to develop both formal and informal publications
  • Seek grant opportunities
  • Apply standards, best practices, and metadata to your work
  • Leverage dataset preservation software to store datasets that accompany journals and research 

Publish Open Access

Appalachian State University authors can publish open access with two major publishers without paying any article processing charges (APCs) through our partnerships with Cambridge University Press and Wiley. This opportunity is ideal for researchers who want to share their work openly but who may lack funding for Article Processing Charges (APCs), which are often thousands of dollars. 

By choosing open access your work has the best chance to be read, cited, and shared. Wiley's research shows that open access articles are downloaded 3x more than subscription articles and cited 2x as much as subscription articles.

Open Access Publishing with Cambridge University Press

Starting in January 2021, Appalachian State University authors who are publishing articles in Cambridge University Press journals will be automatically eligible for open access publications. 

All Appalachian personnel (faculty, students, staff, and others with email addresses) are eligible to take advantage of this open access opportunity when publishing with Cambridge. To activate this offer, please ensure that the primary author for the article has an email address.

Cambridge University Press publishes more than 380 peer-reviewed academic journals covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. To learn more about their journals, visit their website. If you need assistance identifying Cambridge journals that might be appropriate publication venues for your work, please contact your librarian. *There is a small list of Cambridge journals that do not offer open access publishing options and are excluded from this agreement. If you have questions, contact Natalie Foreman,

Open Access Publishing with Wiley

Appalachian State University has an open access partnership with Wiley, a global leader in publishing, education, and research. The Wiley open access agreement enables Appalachian State University authors to publish open access in any of Wiley's hybrid journals for free

Appalachian State University's Belk Library maintains a database for Wiley journals. Please contact your librarian for more information on how to identify eligible journals and access this publishing opportunity.


  • The corresponding author must be from Appalachian State University at the point of acceptance to a journal.
  • Your manuscript must have been accepted on or after January 1, 2022.
  • The article must be primary research or a review article.


  1. Once your article is accepted, register or log in to Wiley Author Services. Under My Articles, look for your article and click Manage Article. Look for a message from your institution or funder that states "Article is eligible for Open Access through your institution at no fee" and click Select Open Access.
  2. Confirm your corresponding author, funders, and affiliations. Be sure to select an Appalachian State University-affiliated author as the "corresponding author." You may be asked to add or confirm the funder(s) you entered during your article submission. Select your funder from the dropdown list or click Add Funder and start typing to search. You may also tick "I did not receive funding for this article." Then, enter any grant details. You also may be asked to add or confirm the affiliation(s) you entered during submission. Be sure to add or confirm the institutional affiliation (Appalachian State University) of the corresponding author.
  3. Select Open Access. After determining copyright ownership status, when prompted, select "Yes, make my article open access." Once you select open access, you will be prompted to select a Creative Commons license for your work. AppState's Belk Library will be notified of your request and asked to approve. If your request is approved, you will receive a confirmation email. Your accepted article is then published open access under a Creative Commons license on Wiley Online Library.

You can also download visual instructions from Wiley (PDF).