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Open Access Publishing Agreements: PLOS

Discover the current open access publishing agreements in place, allowing options for publishing research open access at no cost to the author.

Agreement details

The open access publishing agreement with PLOS, a nonprofit Open Access publisher,  allows current UCD staff and students to make articles accepted for publication in eligible PLOS journals open access, without the author paying an article processing charge (APC).

Eligibility is based on article acceptance date, so articles submitted before 1 Feb 2022, but accepted for publication after 1 Feb 2022, are eligible.

Agreement period: 1 Feb 2022 – 31 Dec 2024

OA quota per year: unlimited

What journals are included?

Journals eligible for OA publishing:

PLOS journals excluded from the agreement: PLOS Climate, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Water, PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation. 

Instructions for authors

For your article submission to be included under the agreement, you must be the corresponding author and affiliated with UCD.

Authors should be careful to indicate their institutional affiliation when submitting their articles to ensure that the publisher’s editorial management system identifies them correctly as eligible for the OA publication charge waiver.

Authors must use a UCD email address, and not addresses from other domains. 

Eligibility is based on article acceptance date.

Further information

Information on IReL website.

Information on PLOS website.

Flat Fee Author Guide to submission.

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