Vanderbilt’s Agreements Supporting Open Access Publishing

As the scholarly publishing landscape has grown more complex with the advent of new publishing models, the Jean & Alexander Heard Libraries has negotiated transformative (read-and-publish) agreements with several publishers to better support faculty, staf


The Public Library of Science (PLOS), a non-profit open access publisher, publishes peer-reviewed journals in medicine and science.

  • Vanderbilt's agreement covers the article processing charges (APCs).
  • Articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY.
  • PLOS deposits all articles in PubMed Central.
  • To view a list of PLOS journals, please visit PLOS Journals.

Instructions for Authors

How does it work?

  • Only corresponding authors are eligible.
  • Publishers use a variety of methods and tools to confirm eligibility. Whenever possible, we have identified eligible affiliated groups that might appear in the publisher's list (e.g. Peabody or Vanderbilt University Medical Center); however, to ensure that an author is recognized, it is best to select Vanderbilt University as the affiliation and use one's email address or email address at the point of submission/acceptance. It is also recommended to include one's ORCID iD.
  • Watch this brief video tutorial on how to submit a manuscript and select APC-free publishing: