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Open Access Publishing and Resources

Guide to open access content and publishing, including NIH Public Access requirements

DML Open Access Partnerships

Open access publishing has shifted the cost of publishing from subscribers to authors or institutions.  A 2021 article in BMJ Open reported that the median article publishing charge (APC) paid by high-impact medical researchers was $2,900. (Source)  This charge is also sometimes referred to as the article processing charge or the publication fee. 

Dahlgren Memorial Library has a limited number partnerships with publishers that provide waived or discounted fees to affiliates.  These partnerships are pilot programs to examine this publishing business model.   

Many publishers use an author's ORCID affiliation to determine eligibility for the waived or discounted APC.  GUMC Authors should ensure that their ORCID credentials indicate their current employment within the Georgetown University Medical Center.

  • BMJ Case Reports  -  fees are waived for GUMC affiliates. Please contact prior to submission for details.
  • AAAS Science Advances  - discount for Georgetown affiliates
  • PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology - fees are waived for GUMC affiliates as part of a pilot program called Community Action Publishing (CAP).  See the FAQ for more details.  The other PLOS titles,  such as PLOS One are not part of the Community Action Publishing partnership.
  • Future Science/Future Medicine-  fees for the following titles are waived for GUMC affiliates excluding drug evaluation articles and content/research sponsored or funded by pharma/biotech. 
  • Bioanalysis 
  • Future Medicinal Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst 
  • Therapeutic Delivery
  • Biomarkers in Medicine
  • Epigenomics
  • Future Cardiology
  • Future Microbiology
  • Future Oncology
  • Future Virology 
  • Immunotherapy 
  • Journal of 3D Printing in Medicine
  • Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research 
  • Nanomedicine 
  • Neurodegenerative Disease Management 
  • Pain Management 
  • Personalized Medicine 
  • Pharmacogenomics 
  • Regenerative Medicine 
  • BioTechniques 
  • Future Drug Discovery 
  • Future Science 
  • International Journal of Pharmacokinetics 
  • Breast Cancer Management 
  • CNS Oncology 
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Concussion
  • Future Neurology 
  • Future Rare Diseases 
  • Hepatic Oncology 
  • International Journal of Endocrine Oncology 
  • International Journal of Hematologic Oncology 
  • Lung Cancer Management 
  • Melanoma Management 

Other than the publishers/titles listed above,  DML does not have the funds to subsidize APCs. Support for open access publishing at Georgetown University Medical Center is most often paid through grant or departmental funds.