Open Access Support

The UNIST Library provides support for UNIST authors publishing in open access journals. In this way, UNIST authors can get Article Processing Charge (APC) discounts as follows.

BioMed Central OA Membership

  • Type: Open Access Supporter Membership
  • Benefit: The UNIST Library is subscribing to the BioMed Central OA Supporter Membership that gives UNIST authors a 15% discount on article processing charge by BioMed Central and SpringerOpen.
  • Membership Period: ~ December 31, 2019.
  • How to: If the author submit their manuscript from UNIST IP address, the membership discount will be automatically applied.

UNIST BMC OA Membership

Submission guidelines for authors requesting a membership discount

ACS AuthorChoice

  • Type: Journal subscriber discount (ACS All Publications option)
  • Benefit: Authors who are UNIST or ACS(American Chemical Society) members can get a discount to publish an open access article in ACS journals.
  • Period: ~ December 31, 2019 (The discount will be ongoing if we renew journal subscription.)

ACS AuthorChoice – Overview

ACS AuthorChoice Pricing

Science Advances

  • Type: Journal subscriber discount (Science)
  • Benefit: Corresponding authors who are UNIST members can get a 15% discount to publish an article in Science Advances. The discount is calculated after acceptance, not submission.
  • Period: ~ December 31, 2019 (The discount will be ongoing if we renew journal subscription.)
  • How to: After the paper has been accepted, the corresponding author receives an email requesting payment and a link to the payment page. On the page, there is button called “Apply Discounts” that brings up the window below. The author must then search and select their institution from the list.

Guidelines for authors requesting a discount

PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

  • Type: Journal subscriber discount (PNAS)
  • Benefits: Corresponding authors who are UNIST members can get a $350 discount on Open Access option surcharges(immediately free option) in PNAS(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). All articles are free online within 6 months of publication.
  • Period: ~ December 31, 2019 (The discount will be ongoing if we renew journal subscription.)

PNAS Publication Fee


  • Type: Consortium Participating Institution
  • What is SCOAP3? SCOAP3(Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) is a global partnership which converts high-quality subscription journals in High Energy Physics to Open Access through redirection of existing subscription funds.
  • Benefit: As a member of SCOAP3 participating institution, UNIST authors may get APC waivers to publish articles in SCOAP3 journals.
    ※ To get APC waivers, article preprints must be deposited in High Energy Physics categories of arXiv (
  • Period: ~ December 31, 2019

What is SCOAP3

SCOAP3 Journals

SCOAP3 Repository

What is Open Access?

  • Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives.
  • The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment. (Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002)

Key Open Access Benefits

  • Researchers and their institutions benefit from having the widest possible audience.
  • Research benefits when the latest techniques can be easily used.
  • Funders invest in research to advance human knowledge and ultimately improve lives.
  • Even the best ideas remain just that until they are shared, until they can be utilised by others.


Two routes to Open Access

  • Green Open Access (Self-archiving) – Green OA is the practice of placing a version of an author’s manuscript into a repository, making it freely accessible for everyone. (UNIST Library’s IR ScholarWorks@UNIST)
  • Gold Open Access (OA Article) – Gold OA makes the final version of an article freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately after publication. Gold OA articles can be published either in fully OA journals (where all the content is published OA) or hybrid journals (a subscription-based journal that offers an OA option which authors can chose if they wish). (

What is APC (Article Processing Charge)?

Article Processing Charge, also known as a publication fee, is a fee which is sometimes charged to authors to make a work available open access in either an open access journal or hybrid journal.

What is hybrid open access journal?

Hybrid open access refers to a publishing model in which subscription-based journals allow authors to make individual articles gold open access immediately on payment of an article publication charge.


Publisher's Open Access Policy & Options

About RoMEO

SHERPA RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis. RoMEO is a Jisc service and has collaborative relationships with many international partners, who contribute time and effort to developing and maintaining the service.



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RoMEO colours


  • Green – can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher’s version/PDF
  • Blue – can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher’s version/PDF
  • Yellow – can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
  • White – archiving not formally supported

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