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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
ACM OPEN (Association for Computing Machinery) APCs waived at 100%
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

Faculty members who need assistance paying for article processing charges should contact their chair.  


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