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Open Access: Info for MSK Authors

MSK Paid Membership & Other OA Discounts

The Library currently supports the following institutional memberships with open access publishers.

  • AAAS - Article Processing Charges. Individual AAAS members are eligible for a 4% discount by submitting their membership number.  A 15% affiliation discount may also be applied by selecting Memorial Sloan Kettering from the drop down menu at the time of submission 
  • Biomed Central, MSK authors receive a 15% page charge discount for papers published in BMC journals. The Library is a Supporter Member.
  • Nucleic Acids Research, MSK authors are eligible for discounted page charges of $1,385. The Open Access charges will be applied to articles of up to nine published pages in length. Each page above nine incurs an additional charge of $195 per page. Colour figures are not subject to an additional charge, although the use of color is subject to the Editor's discretion.
  • PNAS -  Please note that the MSK Library holds an institutional subscription to this title and authors are entitled to a discounted open access fee. "Authors of research articles may pay a surcharge to make their article freely available through the PNAS open access option. Corresponding authors from institutions with current-year site licenses will be assessed a discounted open access fee of $1,150 (compared to our regular fee of $1,500) ......"
  • As of January 2014, PLOS no longer offers a 10% page charge discount for papers published in their journals. MSK authors can review their publications fees here.
  • SpringerOpen, The MSK Library has partnered with Springer and MSK authors may receive a discount on article processing charges (APCs).

NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institute of Health (NIH) requires that all researchers funded by the NIH submit to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.

View the MSK Library's NIH Public Access Policy LibGuide providing information and guidance for policy compliance.

Other Funders' Policies

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Open Access Policy

European Commission Open Access to Scientific Information

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research 

FASTR: Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Open Access to Publications Policy - Effective January 1, 2022, research manuscripts with major contributions from an HHMI lab will need to be published in open access journals and made immediately and freely available. The policy requires that HHMI researchers publish under a CC BY 4.0 license. Additional information can be found here.

NCI Cancer Moonshotâ„  Public Access and Data Sharing Policy

US National Science Foundation Public Access Plan.  Also view FAQs for Public Access

Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy

Memorial Sloan Kettering Open Access Publication (SKOAP) Fund

The SKOAP Fund will underwrite reasonable article processing fees for open access journals when funds are not otherwise available. The fund is administered by the MSK Library and Research and Technology Management. For an overview and eligibility criteria, please visit the SKOAP Fund LibGuide.