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When you choose to publish with PLOS, your research makes an impact. Make your work accessible to all, without restrictions, and accelerate scientific discovery with options like preprints and published peer review that make your work more Open.

Community Action Publishing

A new phase of Open Access designed for selectivity.

Partner with us to make selective publishing more equitable

We want to ensure all authors have the same freedom in choosing the best venue for their research. Our Community Action Publishing (CAP) model aims to eliminate author APCs in order to make our most selective Open Access journals truly open to read and open to publish. PLOS CAP will change the way we think about selectivity and authorship for a more equitable Open Access future.

Learn more about this new model at one of our upcoming webinars. 

HOW IT WORKS
  1. Cost to publish is assessed based on publication needs of both corresponding and contributing authors so the cost of publishing is distributed more equitably among representative institutions
  2. Institutions commit to a yearly flat fee, ensuring their researchers receive access to unlimited publishing opportunities in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine.
  3. Revenue exceeding the community targets goes back to members at renewal. Our margins are capped so the more institutions who join in this effort, the lower costs become for all. 

For more information about Community Action Publishing, membership fees, and how you can participate, read our FAQ

We have a responsibility to dismantle the standards, policies, practices, and procedures that have been designed to exclude many from reaping the full benefits of the scholarly publishing system. The scholarly communications systems needs to change and we must have the courage to act now
Elaine L. Westbrooks
Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why we need YOU

Our collective action model is the first sustainable Open Access solution that protects authors from the rising costs of selectivity. Eventually, we hope to eliminate APCs for all authors. But we need your help for it to work. 

In order to provide truly equal access, we need a majority of our partner institutions to participate to hit each community’s revenue target. Revenue beyond that target will be redistributed to community members the following year.

WHY PLOS?

We want to make Open Access more accessible.

Since highly selective publishing is resource intensive, APCs associated with making that content open can be very high. Because we believe every researcher should have the freedom to publish in the Open Access venue of their choice, we’ve used a cross-subsidy model to keep APCs of our most selective journals lower than their true publishing cost. Community Action Publishing will more equitably remove barriers to publication by covering journal costs, capping margins, and redistributing revenues beyond the target back to community members.

PLOS Biology

PLOS Biology has always put research and researchers first in order to push boundaries in the life sciences. Research questions and scientific rigor, not just positive results, define how we select significant research. And we provide authors diverse open science options to tell the fully story of their research.

PLOS Medicine

Authors who publish in PLOS Medicine ensure their research–which is of global importance–is not part of a closed system. Our journal reflects the diversity of medicine and makes significant advances equally available to doctors, teachers, policymakers, and patients with the highest levels of transparency–

COST TRANSPARENCY
Our journals have always been Open and we value transparency in all stages of the publication process; from published peer review to open data. We’ve approached our collective action business model the same way. We’re committed to openness regarding our prices and our progress in reaching our goals.

PLOS Biology

 Direct + Indirect Costs $1,997,015
 10% Operating Margin    $199,700
 Community Cost Recovery Target $2,196,715

PLOS Medicine

 Direct + Indirect Costs $1,422,930
 10% Operating Margin    $142,295
 Community Cost Recovery Target $1,565,225
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