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Trinity University's Open Access Policy for Faculty

Learn about our OA policy, guidelines for negotiating with publishers, and depositing your scholarship in the Digital Commons

Publisher and Transformative Agreements

Coates Library does not fund Article Processing Charges (APCs); however, we have negotiated publisher transformative agreements to allow Trinity-affiliated authors to publish articles at no cost to individuals. In addition, we have worked with some publishers to offer discounts on Article Processing Charges. 

Discounts only apply to the corresponding author.

Publisher Discount
Cambridge University Press APCs waived at 100%
Company of Biologists APCs waived at 100%
Institute of Physics Journals (IOP) APCs waived at 100%
MDPI 10% discount on APCs
Springer hybrid journals (not including Nature-branded or fully open-access journals) APCs waived at 100%
Wiley hybrid journals (not including fully open-access journals) APCs waived at 100%


What are Transformative Agreements?

In a transformative agreement, a library pays a publisher to publish in open access rather than for a subscription. The copyright remains with the author in these agreements, and the agreement is generally transparent. In general, transformative agreements focus on these principles:

  • Costs: Libraries seek to shift from paying for subscriptions to paying for publishing
  • Copyright: Transformative agreements allow authors to maintain their copyright instead of transferring it to the publisher. Most use a Creative Commons license.
  • Transitional: Transformative agreements aim to shift to open access and end subscription-based publishing.

For more information, see: Transformative Agreements: A Primer


Funding for Open Access Submissions

The Office of Academic Affairs may support publication expenses, including open-access-related fees. If an author incurs such costs while preparing a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed venue, they may apply for a subsidy to underwrite publication expenses by:

1) Consulting with their department chair to discuss available resources.
2) Working to secure other sources of publication support from external sources. 
3) Writing to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs: Budget & Research to describe the need for support and request a subsidy.

The AVPAA:BR will review such requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Approval is contingent on the availability of funds and the nature of the request given that Academic Affairs funding is chiefly intended to help faculty execute their scholarly and creative agendas.

In the case of article processing charges, which are sometimes required to publish in open access journals, an author should complete the steps described above and verify that the journal or venue in question is both reputable and fully compliant with open access standards, i.e., research outputs should be free of use and access restrictions. The AVPAA:BR, will review requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests will be approved depending on demonstration of need, availability of funds, amount requested, and publication venue. Concerning venue, the AVPAA:BR’s role is to prevent publication in predatory journals, not to discriminate by journal prestige, reputation, or ranking.


What does Coates Library do to support open access publishing? More than you might think! Below are memberships and resources that Coates Library supports.