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Open Access Publishing

LSU Libraries supports open access publishing (OA) and open educational resources (OER) in many ways.  We are also continuing to look for new ways to support OA and OER.  The following is a growing list of our OA initiatives.

  • Open Access Author Fund
    • Open Access (OA) Author Fund Pilot is designed to heighten the visibility and accessibility of LSU scholarship and to support faculty, staff, and graduate students who choose to publish in open access journals from fully open access publishers that require author-fees for accepted manuscripts. It is intended for authors with limited sources of funding for open access publication charges.
  • ACS Open Access Transformative Agreement
    • Louisiana State University Libraries and The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) have entered into a transformative open access agreement. The agreement with ACS will provide for up to 35 LSU-affiliated corresponding authors who publish articles under an open access license in any of ACS’s journals with no charge to the authors. The agreement also provides LSU affiliates access to read ACS journals.
  • MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) Open Access Institutional Sponsorship
    • This sponsorship provides LSU researchers a 10% discount on open access article processing charges (APC) for MDPI journals.
  • BioMed Central Membership
    • Membership provides a 15% discount on open access article processing charges (APC) for BioMed Central journals.
  • SpringerOpen Membership
    • Membership provides a 15% discount on open access article processing charges (APC) for Springer fully open access journals only, and does not apply to any Nature Research, Palgrave, or Springer Nature hybrid open access (Open Choice) journals.
  • Open Access Community Investment Program Pilot Participant: Combinatorial Theory
    • LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). The program's goal is to help match libraries, consortia, foundations, departments and other prospective scholarly publishing funders with non-profit publishers and journal editorial boards that are seeking financial investments to sustain or transition journals or books to Open Access (OA) publishing.
  • Punctum Books Membership
    • LSU Libraries provides Punctum Books with financial support to help subsidize:
      • the publication of high-quality Open Access books in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Architecture & Design, with no publication fees imposed upon authors; and
      • the collaborative development and sustainable maintenance of open-source and community-owned infrastructure for open-access books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • MIT Direct2Open
    • Direct to Open harnesses collective action to support open access to excellent scholarship.  This model will:
      • Provide open access to all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections (~90 titles per year) from 2022 via recurring participation fees.
      • Provide participating libraries with term access to backlist/archives (~2,300 titles), which will otherwise remain gated. Participating libraries will receive access even if the model is not successful.
      • Cover partial direct costs for the publication of high-quality works that are also available for print purchase.
  • LSU Digital Commons
    • The LSU Digital Commons repository collects, preserves, publishes, and makes openly accessible the research and scholarship contributed by LSU faculty, staff, students, and units. 

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