U of T agrees to Open Access publishing deal with PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology

Submitted by makinso1 on Tue, 01/26/2021 - 14:38

The University of Toronto (U of T) has signed on to participate in a three-year open access agreement with the Public Library of Science (PLOS) through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN).

Under the terms of this agreement, which began January 1, 2021, U of T researchers benefit from unlimited publishing in PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology without having to pay article processing fees.

This deal is part of the ongoing strategy by the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) to support initiatives that work towards immediate and barrier-free access to research. “This is another step in the direction of making U of T and Canadian research as widely available as possible,” says Larry Alford, Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries. “We look forward to continuing to support innovative publishing initiatives with our Canadian partners.”

This deal is part of PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program, a new collective action publishing model that shifts open access publishing costs from authors to research institutions using a formula based on the prior publishing history of institutionally affiliated corresponding and contributing authors. CRKN participating members, which includes U of T, are PLOS’ first Canadian partners to the CAP program.

For more information about how this agreement works, visit UTL's Publishing Discounts webpage.

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