Transforming Scholarly Publishing @ Ohio State

Transforming Scholarly Publishing at Ohio State


The Ohio State University Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression and curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning. Making the research and scholarship of Ohio State’s faculty, staff and students openly available allows us to live our land grant mission – sharing knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation and the world.

The current scholarly publishing model creates barriers for researchers and has become unsustainable. In alignment with the university’s promise of operational excellence and resource stewardship, we are exploring partnerships to transform that model while also ensuring researchers have access to the tools crucial for their work.

Contact Us: TransformPublishing@osu.edu


Current Open Access Agreements

In addition to Ohio State's current access to all Wiley journal titles, OhioLINK has negotiated an upgraded agreement with Wiley that offers Open Access publishing benefits for corresponding authors at no cost. Beginning March 1, 2022 and continuing through December 31, 2023, Ohio State corresponding authors will have the ability to publish Open Access journal articles in more than 1,400 hybrid journals published by Wiley at no additional cost to either the author or the institution. For more information, please visit our Wiley FAQ page.

OhioLINK has entered into a three-year Read & Publish deal with Cambridge University Press. Under this three-year agreement, Ohio State will have access to all 400+ journals published by Cambridge University Press and Ohio State corresponding authors will have unlimited Open Access publishing benefits at no additional charge to either the author or the institution. The three-year agreement begins on January 1, 2022 and ends on December 31, 2024. For more information, please visit our Cambridge University Press FAQ page.

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 three-year agreement begins on October 1, 2021, and ends on December 31, 2024. For more information, please visit our PLOS FAQ page.

The Ohio State University Libraries and Taylor & Francis Group have entered into a read and publish agreement. Under this three-year agreement (2020 through 2022), Ohio State will have ongoing access to Taylor & Francis's collection of more than 2,300 journals and Open Access publishing costs of articles published by Ohio State corresponding authors in Taylor & Francis journals will be covered. For more information, please visit our Taylor & Francis FAQ page.

The Ohio State University Libraries and the Royal Society entered into a Read and Publish agreement in 2021 and renewed the agreement for 2022. The agreement includes Ohio State's access to Royal Society journals, while also supporting Open Access publishing for Ohio State corresponding authors. For more information, please visit our Royal Society FAQ page.


Announcements & Recent Communications

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and arXiv signed a three-year (2022-2024) collective action agreement that provides support at the champion level from the fifteen member libraries, including The Ohio State University Libraries. With this agreement, the institutions of the BTAA assert their principled commitment to a more equitable society and to help open scholarship for worldwide public good.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the University of Michigan Press have signed a three-year agreement that provides multi-year support for Fund to Mission from all fifteen member libraries, including The Ohio State University Libraries. Fund to Mission is the Press’s Open Access monograph model that aligns with its mission and commitment to equity, justice, inclusion, and accessibility. The model demonstrates a return to the origins of the university press movement and moves toward a more open, sustainable infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the MIT Press have entered a three-year collective action agreement that provides Direct to Open (D2O) access for all fifteen BTAA member libraries, including The Ohio State University Libraries. An innovative, sustainable framework for Open Access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model to a collaborative, library-supported Open Access model.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) have signed a three-year collective action agreement that provides multi-year support for OLH from all of the BTAA’s fifteen member libraries, including The Ohio State University Libraries. The Open Library of Humanities is an award-winning, academic-led, gold Open Access publisher with no author-facing charges.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has entered into a three-year collective action agreement with the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and OAPEN Library and Publication Platform (OAPEN) to provide financial support from all fifteen member libraries, including The Ohio State University Libraries, to support the work of DOAB and OAPEN whose mission is to, "build a collection of scholarly OA books and provide services for libraries, publishers, and research funders in the areas of discoverability, hosting, deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation".

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) have announced a three-year collective action agreement that provides multi-year support for DOAJ from all fifteen member libraries. DOAJ indexes and promotes quality, peer-reviewed open access journals from around the world, providing a community-driven service to play an essential role in the creation of a sustainable model for the future of scholarly publishing. Affirming our commitment to open scholarship, The Ohio State University Libraries is supporting DOAJ at the Sustaining rate.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has reached an agreement with PLOS to provide uncapped, no-fee publishing in two highly selective journals, PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine. The three-year agreement between participating members of BTAA, including The Ohio State University, and PLOS began on January 1, 2021, and ends on December 31, 2023. For more information, please visit our PLOS FAQ page.

The Ohio State University Libraries is a member of the Dryad Community. Our institutional membership covers the entire university. All data publishing charges, including large file costs, will be waived for research data submissions made by researchers affiliated with The Ohio State University.


University Libraries Services in Support of Scholarly Publishing


University Libraries Investments in Open Access