Author Services

Publishing Your Work Open Access

To better support open access publishing for Vanderbilt authors, the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries has negotiated agreements with several publishers which waive or discount the article processing charge (APC), reducing the barrier to publish OA. Each agreement varies in terms of included journals, article content types, and the number of articles are covered annually. Check the publisher tab for additional details.

Instructions for Authors:

  • Only articles by a Vanderbilt-affiliated corresponding author are eligible.
  • To ensure that publishers identify eligible articles, corresponding authors must use a Vanderbilt or VUMC email address and should select Vanderbilt University as the affiliated institution.
  • Articles must be accepted during the term of the agreement.
  • Color, image, or page fees are not covered and remain the author's responsibility.
  • Articles are published under a Creative Commons license. Type offered will vary by journal and funding agency requirements.
  • Each publisher has a unique list of eligible journals. Check the journal finder on this page or the publisher page for additional information.
  • Certain agreements have a limited number of covered articles. Articles accepted after this number is reached can be published OA through self-funding.

For help or to schedule a research consultation, please Ask a Librarian.

Search for Journals

Use this journal search tool to identify journals covered under VU agreements that waive the APC or provide a discount. Direct link:

AIP Publishing Hybrid Journals

American Chemical Society

Annual Reviews

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

BioMed Central (BMC)

British Medical Association (BMJ)

BMJ Case Reports

Cambridge University Press

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

The Company of Biologists

Elsevier Hybrid Journals

Future Science

Future Medicine

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Institute of Physics (IOP)


Microbiology Society

Oxford University Press Hybrid Journals

Public Library of Science (PLOS)

Rockefeller University Press

Royal Society

Royal Society of Chemistry



SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics)

Springer/Adis/Palgrave/Springer Academic Hybrid Journals

Taylor & Francis