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Open Access at UT Austin

Learn more about Open Access and what is happening at UT Austin to improve access to research.

OA Support for UT Authors

Open Access Publishing Initiatives

The memberships and initiatives below provide direct benefits to UT authors. Please note  - when we have agreements in place that cover the entire APC, choosing the OA option does NOT cost you anything and does not cause an incremental increase in the cost of UTL’s agreements with these publishers.

If you are being asked to choose a Creative Commons license and would like more information about what that means, see our Creative Commons LibGuide or contact Colleen Lyon. 


Instructions for UT Austin Cambridge UP Authors

UT Libraries (UTL) has an agreement with Cambridge University Press that includes unlimited open access (OA) publishing for UT Austin corresponding authors. To be eligible, the articles must be original research (research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports and case reports).

Here is some brief information about what the steps to OA publication look like:

  1. Complete Author Publishing Agreement
    1. Upon acceptance of your article, you will be sent an email and asked to complete an Author Publishing Agreement. Within this form, you will be able to select your Creative Commons (CC) license. You are free to choose whatever CC license you want. Contact Colleen Lyon if you'd like more information about what the different CC licenses mean. When you return the form, that will trigger an email from Rightslink-CCC (usually within 48 hours).
  2. Complete the Rightslink process
    1. If you do not already have an account with Rightslink, you’ll need to create one.
    2. You should see an option to seek funding from your institution for OA publication. Choose that option and continue. That will trigger an email to UTL to approve the request. Again, choosing OA does not cost you or UTL any additional money.
  3. Once the approval is complete, you will receive an email confirmation and your article will enter production.

Instructions for UT Austin PLOS Authors

Note 4-5-2023: PLOS has made some changes to their interface that may temporarily make it seem as though UT Austin corresponding authors need to pay an APC for publishing with a PLOS journal - you do not. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Colleen Lyon - contact info in the upper right.

UT Libraries (UTL) has an agreement with PLOS that includes unlimited open access (OA) publishing for UT Austin corresponding authors in all PLOS journals. In order to qualify for the fee free publishing with PLOS, your article must be accepted for publication on or after 3/1/2023, and you'll need to identify the University of Texas at Austin as your institution during the submission process.

Here is some brief information about what the steps to OA publication look like:

  • You'll be able to select institutional funding for APCs in the Additional Information step of the article submission process.
  • In that step, there is a Publication Fees section.
  • Click the radio button for "My institution will fully or partially pay the fee as a member of the PLOS Institutional Account Program".
  • After clicking that radio button, a drop down menu will appear and you'll need to select the University of Texas at Austin from that list.



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