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Scholarly Publishing and Open Access

This guide provides tips and resources for navigating the scholarly publishing landscape, including journal lists, author resources, and resources about preprints and repositories.

Library Support for Open Access Publishing

The Johns Hopkins Libraries is now in year two of a three year agreement with Wiley to promote Open Access by paying or reducing article processing charges (APC) for JHU authors. During this time, part of the subscription fee the Libraries pay Wiley to read their journals will be diverted to cover article processing charges (APCs) for articles that meet the following criteria:

  • A Johns Hopkins University (JHU) researcher listed in JHED and is the corresponding author
  • The article must be a research or review paper (Wiley categorizes these as "original articles")
  • The article must be accepted by a hybrid Wiley journal after January 1, 2022.

The Wiley Author Services system will present JHU authors with information about this program and the option to participate. Articles will be made Open Access without embargo if you choose this option. The goal of this pilot is to determine how sustainable this method of funding journal publishing is. Funding is finite, and will cease when funding has run out. 

Once funding is depleted authors wishing to publish Open Access with Wiley have the option to use the discount code 21218 for a 5% discount on their APC fees.

PLOS Community Action Publishing Program:

Any Johns Hopkins University (JHU) corresponding author with an article accepted by PLOS MedicinePLOS Biology or PLOS Global Public Health will now be able to publish in these journals without paying an article processing charge (APC). This program also extends 25% discounts to your corresponding authors from other institutions for papers where you are a co-author.  See the FAQ for more details.

Cambridge University Press:

JHU researchers who are corresponding authors can now choose to publish open access in Cambridge University Press journals without fees. The agreement includes access to CUP journals through a read and publish arrangement and covers JHU researcher APCs in fully open access or hybrid open access journals.  

JHU authors must opt-in to open access upon article submission to take advantage of this deal. Authors can also retroactively ensure articles are open access if not selected initially (2022 articles only). 


JHU Libraries will support 5 monograph subvention grants over two academic years, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, with funding from the Office of the Provost. 

The grants will provide up to $15,000 per academic monograph—paid to a participating university press on the author’s behalf—to make a digital copy of the monograph available free of charge under a Creative Commons license through MuseOpen.

All full-time JHU faculty, including tenure-track and tenured faculty, as well as full-time non-tenure-track faculty, are eligible to apply. Click here for a full description and the application form.

Open Access Journals Free for JHU Authors

  • Demography: Hopkins Libraries supports Demography (Population Association of America) to ensure Hopkins affiliates are not charged any fees to publish open access.

  • PLOS Global Public Health:  Hopkins Libraries supports PLOS as they implement a path forward that will not include charging authors to publish openly. 

  • PLOS Medicine: Hopkins Libraries supports PLOS as they implement a path forward that will not include charging authors to publish openly.

  • PLOS Biology: Hopkins Libraries supports PLOS as they implement a path forward that will not include charging authors to publish openly.

  • Wiley Hybrid Open Access Journals: Hopkins Libraries supports APCs for hybrid titles.

  • Company of Biologists' Journals: Hopkins Libraries supports uncapped open access for all of titles.

  • Microbiology Society Journals: Hopkins Libraries supports eligible Microbiology Society Journals and the opportunity for authors to publish openly. Click here for author instructions.

Journal Discounts