University Libraries and Health Sciences Library Announce PLOS All-In Unlimited Publishing Agreement


The Ohio State University Libraries and the Health Sciences Library have entered into a three-year Unlimited Publishing Agreement with the Public Library of Science (PLOS), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and the NorthEast Research Libraries (NERL) to provide uncapped, no-fee publishing in all PLOS journals for Ohio State corresponding authors.

“The Ohio State University shares our commitment to building business models that will move researchers and journals toward a more equitable and barrier free form of publishing,” said Sara Rouhi, director of strategic partnerships for PLOS. “We are excited that they are a part of a vanguard of institutions to pilot our community-driven models, which we hope will bring permanent change to scholarly publishing.”

The publishing pilot covers unlimited, no-fee publishing for Ohio State corresponding authors in all PLOS journals: PLOS BiologyPLOS ClimatePLOS Computational BiologyPLOS Digital HealthPLOS GeneticsPLOS Global Public HealthPLOS MedicinePLOS Neglected Tropical DiseasesPLOS ONEPLOS PathogensPLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water. All published articles are immediately Open Access and are available globally to read at no charge.

“I am particularly excited by this collaborative, unlimited publishing agreement,” said Lynda Hartel, assistant vice president, Health Sciences and director of The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library. “As strong advocates for open access to scientific research since their inception twenty years ago, PLOS is an ideal partner in our ongoing efforts to transform scholarly publishing. This agreement will help to alleviate barriers such as article processing charges (APCs) and expand opportunities for all Ohio State faculty, staff, and students — not just those with research grants or departmental funding — to publish in the expansive collection of PLOS journals. This partnership will play a key role in increasing the impact and reach of our researchers, and will give those of us in the participating libraries an opportunity to assess and learn from this venture.”

Ohio State corresponding authors with articles accepted in PLOS journals between October 1, 2021, and December 31, 2024, are eligible to benefit from this agreement.

More information can be found here.

About the Public Library of Science

PLOS is a nonprofit, open access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Since our founding in 2001, PLOS journals have helped break boundaries in research communication to provide more opportunities, choice, and context for researchers and readers. For more information, visit http://www.plos.org.

About The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library
The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library provides specialized research and education services along with vast digital resources to the nearly 30,000 students, faculty, and staff in the health sciences colleges, as well as researchers and clinicians at the Wexner Medical Center, James Cancer Hospital and numerous research institutes. 

About The Ohio State University Libraries
The Ohio State University Libraries aspires to be the leading research library advancing the educational, research, and engagement missions of a public, land grant institution. University Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression, advances effective teaching, curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world.