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Free Open Access Publishing Opportunities for Chapman Authors

Information on agreements that allow Chapman University authors to publish open access for free in selected journals.

Read-and-publish deal with Elsevier

Chapman University, as a member of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), is part of a four-year read-and-publish agreement with Elsevier for 2024-2027. This agreement allows Chapman-affiliated authors to publish their articles Open Access in many Elsevier journals at no cost to themselves.

In other terms, this agreement covers the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Chapman authors whose research articles are accepted for publication in applicable Elsevier journals during the three year agreement.

Please read on for information to determine if your research publication is eligible and to learn how to take advantage of this opportunity.

Is my research eligible?

To be eligible, it is expected that articles must:

  • Have a submitting corresponding author affiliated with Chapman University.
  • Be accepted between 01/01/2024 and 12/31/2027.


This agreement will provide:

  • Free, unlimited open access publication in most Elsevier hybrid journals (Title List)
  • A capped number of articles in Elsevier's fully/gold OA journal titles by corresponding authors across SCELC institutions (including Chapman University). The cap is calculated at the current spend on APCs by SCELC institutions plus 25% annual growth. (Title List)
  • Cell Press and Lancet titles are not included in this agreement.

How to publish Open Access under this agreement

Eligible articles are identified when the corresponding author selects their institutional affiliation (Chapman) during the submission process and confirms at acceptance.

After the article is accepted, they will be able to select the option to publish their article open access and will see that the cost is covered by the institutional agreement discount so that there is no cost to the author.

They can then choose between a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY), Attribution-Noncommercial (CC-BY-NC), or Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) license.

What if the cap is exceeded for fully/gold OA articles?

Authors submitting to a fully open access Elsevier journal should be prepared to pay the APC at acceptance in the unlikely event that the number of fully OA journal articles published exceeds the limit in any given calendar year.

The cap aligns with past publishing patterns plus a 25% buffer, so it is unlikely the cap will be exceeded unless there is an unexpected increase in fully OA journal publishing.

Funding is approved at article acceptance, not reserved at submission.

If the cap is exceeded, authors will be offered a 10% discount on the article processing charge (APC).