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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 Springer

Chapman University, as a member of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), is part of a read-and-publish agreement with Springer for 2023-2024. This agreement allows Chapman-affiliated authors to publish their articles Open Access in many Springer 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 hybrid Springer, Palgrave, society-owned "Academic Journals on", and Adis journals during the agreement. It does not include Nature-branded or Scientific American content or the 279 fully open access journals published by Springer.

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, articles must:

This agreement will provide free open access publication for up to 550 articles in 2023 across participating SCELC institutions (including Chapman University), which is roughly 101% of the average number of qualifying articles that participating institutions’ corresponding authors published in those journals over the past three years. It is possible that we will collectively exceed this cap, but a historical analysis of author OA opt-out rates and other factors makes this unlikely. It is hoped that future agreements will be able to include a higher number of articles and journals.

How to publish Open Access under this agreement

The process of identifying eligible authors and coordinating open access publication is fairly automated.

  1. After article acceptance, the corresponding author receives an invitation to complete the publication process for the article and the authors are able to identify themselves by:
    • Selected institution (the strongest parameter)
    • Email domain recognition
    • IP recognition
  2. The author will be given information about the agreement and can opt out if they wish to publish under a subscription/paywall instead.
  3. After the author completes their publication agreement and coverage of the APC has been agreed by the institution or organization, the article will continue into the final stages of publication where the author can complete their proofs.
  4. Once the author is happy, the article will be published online under the relevant open access license (CC-BY or CC-BY-NC) and the author will receive an email containing information about the selected license, how authors can share it, a link to the published version, and a PDF copy.