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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

IOP logo IOP Journals 

JH Libraries has negotiated a transformative agreement granting an unlimited fee waiver in 2023 - 2025 for articles with an active/current JHU-affiliated corresponding author in almost all IOP journals. Please note: American Astronomical Society journals are not included in this agreement.  IOP subject coverage goes well beyond physics—medicine, mathematics, engineering, and other science fields are also included.

Please use your JHU email address when submitting articles in order to avoid delays. All eligible articles will automatically be made OA unless the author opts out. Please see this handy guide to submitting your article: 

Questions can be directed to or

Royal Society Journals 

JH Libraries has negotiated an unlimited fee waiver in 2023 for all articles with a JHU affiliated corresponding author in Royal Society journals. All open access articles will be free for JHU corresponding authors, and articles will be automatically deposited in PubMed Central.

Please use your JHU email address when submitting to avoid delays and direct any questions to

  ACM Journals 

JH Libraries have partnered with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and hundreds of other universities to contribute toward an open access future for the publisher's entire portfolio by joining the ACM Open program. ACM has committed to flipping journal titles to full open access when 75-80% of articles are published openly. JHU-affiliated authors are now able to publish articles openly for free; all JHU affiliates have unlimited reading access to all articles. After the journals convert to fully open, JHU-affiliated authors will still be able to publish articles open access for free, but everyone in the world will have complete, free access to read. 

Please use your JHU email address when submitting to avoid delays and direct any questions to


PLOS Community Action Publishing Program:

Any Johns Hopkins University (JHU) corresponding author with an article accepted by PLOS 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.


Demography: Johns Hopkins Libraries support Demography (Population Association of America) and the lowering of author costs.

Open Access Journals Free for JHU Authors

Journal Discounts