Submitted by Gene Springs and Maureen Walsh:

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have entered into an agreement for BTAA members, including The Ohio State University, to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program. CAP is PLOS’ effort to sustain highly selective journal publishing without Article Processing Charges (APCs) for authors. The agreement ensures time to test and evaluate this new community-based model and allows BTAA researchers to publish in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine without incurring fees.

Under the umbrella of the BTAA’s BIG Collection, this is a focused pilot in collective action to create a sustainable, scalable open knowledge ecosystem across BTAA. The pilot is a three-year one-time agreement (January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2023). The agreement covers all BTAA universities with one cost, rather than an institution-by-institution breakdown.

The publishing pilot covers uncapped, no-fee publishing for authors for three years in two journals, PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine. All published articles are immediately Open Access and are available globally to read at no charge. There is no change to workflow for authors or librarians and it automatically extends to all authors from participating campuses who submit to either PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine. The benefits extend to authors of all system, regional, and branch campuses of Big Ten universities (with the exception of University of Illinois at Chicago and Maryland system campuses).

Beginning January 1, 2021, Community Action Publishing ensures publication fees for accepted manuscripts at PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine will automatically be covered if the authors’ institutions are members of the Community Action Publishing program.

Community Action Publishing takes into account the contributions of every author — not just corresponding authors — to help distribute publishing costs equitably among the institutions who support them.

Ohio State authors with articles accepted in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2023 are eligible to benefit from this agreement. If an Ohio State author, or an author from another member institution, is the corresponding author, there are no membership fees (APCs) to publish in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine during this pilot. If an Ohio State author, or an author from another member institution, is not the corresponding author, but some or all of the contributing authors are members, there is a 25% discount on the non-member fee (APC).

More information about the BTAA PLOS agreement is available in our FAQ.

Please contact us at TransformPublishing@osu.edu with any questions about the BTAA PLOS publishing agreement.

Information about our Transforming the Scholarly Publishing Economy Initiative is available on the Transforming Scholarly Publishing @ Ohio State home page.

Gene Springs, Collections Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries
Maureen Walsh, Scholarly Sharing Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries
Co-Leads, Transforming the Scholarly Publishing Economy Initiative