Open Access is not truly open without equitable opportunities to publish. To support authors from diverse research communities, funding backgrounds, and institutional requirements, all PLOS journals offer APC-alternative business models through institutional partnerships. Our various partnership models–Flat Fee Agreements, Global Equity partnerships, and Community Action Publishing membership—are tailored to the publication needs and regional economies of researchers and institutions in that field.
Institutions listed below have partnered with PLOS in one or more agreements to make Open Access more accessible to their authors.
If you would like to submit to a journal that is not listed for your institution, please let us know the details and we’ll contact your librarian.
PLOS offers several, diverse partnership models for institutions to contribute to or eliminate Open Access publication fees at PLOS journals. To see if your institution already provides publication support at your preferred journal, and to view any eligibility restrictions, search for your institution’s name below, or filter by journal title.
For more information about our partnership programs and author benefits, please see our Author FAQs.
If you’re a librarian and have questions about your institutional account or partnership opportunities at PLOS, please see our Institutional Resources hub or or contact PLOS directly at InstitutionalAccounts@plos.org.
Direct-billing: Institutions handle individual author payments through a debit or monthly invoice. Under this model, fee support is subject to the institution’s internal funding policies. Certain restrictions may be noted under the institution’s name below, but we encourage authors to check their institution’s Open Access policy, or contact their institution for questions on funding eligibility. For publication fees in which the institution does not accept responsibility per their review, PLOS will invoice the authors individually.
Flat Fees: Institutions have partnered with PLOS to eliminate or significantly reduce their researchers’ publication expenses through an annual flat fee. Existing Flat Fee agreements apply to all publications in PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS Pathogens* through an annual flat fee. At their discretion, institutions may choose to set an author surcharge for each publication. Any applicable surcharge will be noted under the institution’s name below.
*Our current Flat Fee partners are automatically included in CAP for PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, as well as the Global Equity model for PLOS Climate, PLOS Global Public Health, and PLOS Water. Researchers at these institutions will not face publication fees at these journals.
Learn more about Flat Fee Agreements here
Community Action Publishing: Our community-supported, Open Access model for PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine covers the cost of highly-selective publishing through equitable distribution amongst institutions whose authors publish in these journals. As a member of the collective for either PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, or PLOS Sustainability and Transformation institutions’ corresponding authors will not face any publication fees at that journal. A 25% discount will also be applied to publication fees for manuscripts where one or more of the contributing authors are members, but the corresponding author is not.
Learn more about Community Action Publishing here
Global Equity: Our new Global Equity model empowers institutions in every region of the world to provide unlimited publication support for their authors through a single, annual fee that is equitable, and affordable. Institutions can choose to participate in this model for PLOS Climate, PLOS Global Public Health, and/or PLOS Water, ensuring their authors never face publication fees at that journal*. Participation fees are based on each institution’s historical research output in the field and are reflective of their regional economy according to their country’s World Bank lending tier.
*We are actively reaching out to institutions to participate in this model. If you’d like to encourage your institution to partner with PLOS, please fill out this form and we’ll let them know.
Learn more about Global Equity here