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Open Access Resources: Open Access Support

Open Access Publishing Support

The Penn Libraries currently provide support open access publishing in both the humanities and sciences in a variety of ways.

Initiatives to Support Author Publication Costs:


Biomed Central

Penn Libraries pays an institutional membership which entitles Penn authors to a 15% discount in article processing charges
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PeerJ and PeerJ Computer Science

Penn Libraries has an institutional plan with the PeerJ journals. PeerJ is a peer review publisher publishing journals on biology, medicine, general science, and all aspects of computer science. The libraries support a lifetime membership at the Basic level (basic level provides one article per year) for Penn faculty who have been accepted for publication with PeerJ.
More information. See also Penn's Institutional Plan site at PeerJ.


Penn Libraries are one of a consortium of libraries who work with leading publishers to convert journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to open access at no cost for authors. Through the consortium, SCOAP3 pays publishers for the costs involved in providing Open Access. See the list of high energy open access journals supported by Penn Libraries through SCOAP. More information.


Memberships and Consortia that Further Open Access



In January 2010, Cornell University Library sought to establish a long-term sustainable support model for arXiv, one that reduced arXiv's financial burden and dependence on a single institution and transitioned it to a collaboratively-governed, community-supported resource. The Penn Libraries was one of the institutions worldwide to join the collaborative effort to realize this new model of support for arXiv. Penn has been a continuously supporting member since 2010. More information.

HathiTrust began as a collaboration of the universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository to archive and share their digitized collections.  It quickly expanded to include additional partners and to provide those partners with an easy means to archive their digital content. The initial focus of the partnership has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in-copyright and public-domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives. The University of Pennsylvania is a HathiTrust partner institution.

Authors who maintain control over the copyright of their published books may complete a "Rights Holder Permission Agreement" to make their work openly accessible through

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is an initiative to create a sustainable route to open access books. This pilot collection of Humanities and Social Science books are made available under a Creative Commons license through OAPEN. The Penn Libraries are a participant in the Knowledge Unlatched open access project. KU is beginning to build its second round of open access publications. More information. Find KU open access books through the Franklin catalog. As of Fall 2015, KU is launching phase two with 78 new titles from more than 20 publishers .

Open Book Publishers (OBP)

All OBP books are peer-reviewed publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Publications are free to read online or can be bought in hardback, paperback, PDF, or ebook format. Find Open Book Publishers editions through the Franklin catalog. More information.

Open Library of the Humanities

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a gold open access, peer-reviewed, internationally-supported, academic-led, not-for-profit, mega-journal, multi-journal and books platform for the humanities. It is funded by an international library consortium and so has no author-facing charges. Open access refers to peer-reviewed academic research that is available freely to read and reuse online. The Penn Libraries supports Open Library of the Humanities. The Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry is the first journal to convert to 100% open access through the support of OLH. The platform officially launches in September of 2015. More information. OLH launched on September 28 with 7 academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, including OLH's own multidisciplinary journal.

The Open Access Network: OAN

OAN has formed to implement a new open-access (OA) business model for all academic disciplines, beginning with the humanities and social sciences. The OAN provides a broad and transformative solution for sustainable OA publishing and archiving that is complementary to, not competitive with, other OA funding approaches. It proposes that all institutions of higher education contribute to systemic support of the research process itself, including its scholarly output. Read the whitepaper for more information. The Penn Libraries are supporting this exploratory endeavor.

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Open Access Publishing


ScholarlyCommons: Penn's Institutional Repository

ScholarlyCommons is a repository for the scholarly output of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. It promotes dissemination of their work, and preserves it in a freely-accessible, long-term archive. An effort to alleviate recent pressures to restrict access to new knowledge, ScholarlyCommons allows researchers and other interested readers anywhere in the world to learn about and keep up to date with Penn scholarship. Administered by the Penn Libraries, ScholarlyCommons contains materials chosen by participating units -- departments, schools, centers, institutes -- at Penn.