Pilot project eliminates author processing charges for all PLOS journals | STM Publishing News

“McMaster University Libraries are partnering with the Public Library of Science (PLOS) in a pilot project to remove financial barriers to publishing research. 

The two-year project will see the elimination of author/article processing charges (APCs) in all PLOS journals. Typically, authors incur APCs to cover the cost associated with making their article publicly available for free in open access journals.

This means that McMaster faculty, staff, and students won’t need to worry about the financial implications of publishing in a PLOS journal from Feb. 1, 2023 through Jan. 31, 2025….

McMaster University Libraries is dedicated to innovative open scholarship opportunities, and as such, will cover the cost of the two-year flat fee, based on the university’s current publication output, to allow for unlimited PLOS publishing opportunities by McMaster authors. Library staff will evaluate the effectiveness of the agreement and project future cost implications at the end to determine the project’s sustainability….”