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Penn Libraries Open Access Agreements for Penn Authors: Cambridge University Press

Which articles are eligible?

The Penn Libraries has a 3-year agreement (2022-2024) with Cambridge University Press Journals for Penn authors to publish articles open access with no article processing charges (APCs).

This agreement comes through the Penn Libraries membership in the NERL consortium. We will point you to Cambridge pages regarding this agreement that will refer to NERL rather than to University of Pennsylvania. You will find the University of Pennsylvania in the list of eligible institutions. 

Which journals are included under the agreement? 

  • This agreement covers open access publication in Cambridge's hybrid, or subscription based, journals and Cambridge's gold journals. Hybrid journals include articles behind paywalls as well as open access articles. Gold journals are 100% open access. 
  • The corresponding author of a submitted article must be a Penn affiliated author
  • Your articles must be accepted during the terms of the agreement January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024. 

Articles must fit the following eligible article designations: 

  • research articles
  • review articles
  • rapid communications
  • brief reports
  • case reports.

Cambridge University Press provides definitions for each article type.

The following articles types are not eligible for the publishing fee waiver under this agreement: 

  • Book reviews
  • Discussions
  • Editorials
  • Introductions
  • Letters
  • Meeting reports
  • Proceedings

How can I tell if I'm an eligible author? 

  • Visit Cambridge's Waivers and Discounts Page
  • Use their eligibility tool, filling in your country and then institution.

  • Cambridge UP's dropdown tool for identifying country and eligible institution
  • You should now see the terms for the Penn Libraries'  agreement, your next steps, and the list of qualified journals. 
  • CHOP researchers cross-affiliated with Penn are eligible under our agreements but MUST select UPenn (and not CHOP) as their affiliation when submitting articles.  


How does the process work?

How does it work?

Following your use of Cambridge's eligibility tool on their Waivers and Discount page as described in the left-hand column

  • View the terms of our agreement
    • The full fee is waived
    • Eligible hybrid and gold journals
    • Eligible article type
      • See left hand column for more detail
  • Scroll and click through to see the full list of eligible Cambridge UP journals and next steps
  • Submit your research using your institutional affiliation
    • Corresponding author must have Penn affiliation
      • If you have multiple affiliations, be sure to use your Penn affiliation
    • Once your research is accepted for publication


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