The University of Michigan values the greatest possible access and dissemination of scholarly work. Open access (OA) journals provide free electronic access to any user worldwide, maximizing access and thus scholarship.

In 2010, with the support and endorsement of the Provost's Office, the University of Michigan Library joined the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity (COPE) to promote scholarly publication in OA journals by University of Michigan scholars.  The Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity is a consortium of universities that pledge to support the publication of scholarly articles in Open Access journals by subsidizing author publication fees. See

By participating in COPE, the University of Michigan Library made a two-year commitment to subsidize qualified author's fees when U-M authors publish articles in OA journals.  This commitment was made in recognition of the significance of open access journals, the crucial value of scholarly publishers, and in the spirit of seeking new, economically sustainable economic models for scholarly communication.  The COPE pilot program was discontinued in March 2012 after all the funding had been successfully allocated.  The University of Michigan continues to value open scholarship and open access mandates for federally funded research in ways such as the deposit of faculty pre-prints in Deep Blue.

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) literature is peer-reviewed, scholarly work that is available online for free, immediate, and permanent access. Anyone who has access to the Internet may read, download, store, print, use, and data-mine the digital content of Open Access works. For more, see the Research Guide for Open Access.

Do some journals provide discounts to U-M authors?

YES! Thanks to MLibrary's membership subscription at the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and BioMed Central (BMC) all U-M authors receive a discount on their publication fee. Additionally, as MLibrary has a full license to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) U-M authors receive a discount. Remember: It is always a good idea to make sure you did receive the discount as mistakes do happen.

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