Open access publishing support
The MIT Libraries offer support for open access publishing in the following ways:
- In early 2020, the MIT Libraries signed a one-year agreement with ACS to provide no-fee open access publishing of a set number of MIT-authored journal articles accepted to ACS journals. By default, MIT corresponding-authored articles will be part of this pilot and will be available as an open access article, under a Creative Commons Attribution license, at no additional cost to authors or to MIT. Questions: email@example.com
- ACS has also committed to automatically sending manuscripts of papers by MIT corresponding authors to our repository, DSpace@MIT, after a 12-month embargo. This is a first for ACS, and it will take some time for the service to be developed.
- MIT Libraries subscribe to “ACS All Publications,” which means ACS members who are affiliated with MIT get a discount on ACS “AuthorChoice.” AuthorChoice makes the final published version of articles open access immediately or after 12 months. There is an extra fee for a Creative Commons license. More information
The Libraries licenses access to the Archive-IT web archiving service to manage the archiving and access to web sites from the Institute and its affiliates.
The MIT Libraries has negotiated an innovative open access agreement with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) that allows MIT authors to make ACM articles freely available at no cost to them.
Under the agreement, ACM will also automatically deposit the manuscripts of all MIT co-authored articles into MIT’s institutional repository, DSpace. And the agreement includes rights for computational (text or data mining) access to the ACM Digital Library.
Workflow for open access papers on the ACM site
ACM is making changes to its eRights system so the OA workflow is automated for corresponding authors from ACM Open institutions. Until then, MIT corresponding authors should follow these instructions:
- On the Rights Options web page, click “yes” under “Do you want to pay the required Open Access fee?” (You won’t have to pay the fee.)
- Below this, under “What rights do you want to grant ACM?,” choose “Permission Release.” This option is required in order to give your paper a CC-BY license. Click “Proceed.” Choose a CC-BY license further down the copyright form.
- You will then receive two emails: one with a link to an open access invoice, which you should ignore, and a confirmation email that contains a copy of the rights form you filled out.
- Forward the email with the link to the open access invoice to Barbara Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the subject field note that you are an MIT author.
- Questions: email@example.com
“When authors submit a paper, they will be able to look up whether or not their institution subscribes to ECS Plus. As part of the manuscript submission process, they will need to select Author Choice Open Access, and at that stage they can indicate that they will be claiming an Article Credit because they come from an ECS Plus subscribing institution.
When their paper has been accepted, they will be sent an e-mail inviting them to claim their Article Credit through CCC RightsLink, who handle our APC transactions. Once in the RightsLink system, they simply need to click “Apply Discounts” and search for their institution to apply their Article Credit. For more information, you can view our entire Open Access workflow here
We will also contact active authors from every ECS Plus subscribing institution to let them know their institution is a subscriber and that they can take advantage of their Article Credits next time they submit a paper.”
MIT Libraries’ membership provides MIT authors with a 15% discount on article processing fees for Frontiers journals.
In partnership with the Center for Research Libraries and East View, MIT Libraries is a sponsor of Global Press Archive, which will provide open access for hundreds of global newspapers as searchable online archives, covering a diverse range of languages and countries. The collections are currently under development and are not yet available.
The Libraries funds open access for the MIT Press Strong Ideas series and gives money to make an additional 5 – 10 scholarly monographs available as open access each year. A sample of titles made open through this funding include: The Mobile Workshop (Mavhunga, 2018), Resonant Games (Klopfer, 2019), Does America need more innovators? (Wisnioski, 2019).
In early 2020, the MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry extended their 2018 read & publish agreement. The new agreement maintains full access to the RSC’s journals and incorporates open access to MIT’s scholarly articles.
Corresponding authors whose papers are accepted in Science Advances are eligible for a 30% discount on APCs. As the authors proceed through the payment process for the APC, there should be a pop-up for applicable discounts, one of which is the affiliation discount. The dropdown list should auto-populate with MIT or Massachusetts Institute of Technology either based the corresponding author’s affiliation or once they start typing into the free text search field. Once their institution is chosen, it should auto-populate the eligible affiliation discount.
The MIT Libraries is a supporter of SocArxiv, the social sciences’ open archive. SocArXiv is led by a steering committee of sociologists and research library leaders, including MIT Libraries Director Chris Bourg.
MIT and Springer have renewed an established agreement that extends reuse rights to MIT authors of papers published in Springer journals. More information.
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