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JH Libraries Open Access Membership


The Johns Hopkins Libraries' paid memberships in the following Open Access journals provides Johns Hopkins authors with discounts when publishing in their journals.


  • Biomed Central Journals
    Johns Hopkins University scholars receive a 15% discount on article processing charges for:
    • BioMed Central
    • Chemistry Central and
    • Springer Open.

  • Nucleic Acid Research
    Johns Hopkins University researchers receive a 50% discount on article processing charges.

  • PNAS
    Johns Hopkins corresponding authors of research articles pay a discounted fee of $1,000 to make their paper freely available at the time of publication. All articles are free online after 6 months.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry
    JHU authors have the opportunity to publish Open Access articles under the Gold for Gold program in the 37 journals published by RSC. Please contact Stephen Stich for more information.


For assistance with general Open Access questions,please contact your librarian or informationist. Questions about the OAPF in particular can be directed to Robin Sinn,


JH Libraries Open Access Promotion Fund (OAPF) is closed.


For three years the Sheridan Libraries and the Welch Medical Library supported a pilot Open Access Promotion Fund. The fund reimbursed authors for the article processing charges they paid to gold Open Access journals. The pilot was very successful in that we learned that many JHU authors want to publish in Open Access journals. We anticipate that this desire will grow for three reasons: 1) more funders are requiring open availability of articles; 2) more researchers are eager to publish in outlets that don’t keep their work behind paywalls; and 3) more OA journals are growing in impact and reputation.


The interest in open access now outstrips the funds the Libraries can provide, so we have to close the OAPF. Authors needing assistance with article processing charges should ask the publisher about waiver and discount programs. Primary Investigators are encouraged to include reasonable estimates for article processing charges in their grant applications. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists reputable Open Access journals, not all of which require large article processing charges.


“Open Access is the future of scientific publication and one that we should all work hard to make successful. Every scientist can help by embracing the concept of Open Access and supporting journals as they attempt to make it the norm.”


- Dr. Richard Roberts (A senior editor for NAR, and a past Nobel Prize winner)