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Open Publishing Opportunities

Some of the McGraw-Page Library's publisher package journal subscriptions include Open Access publishing agreements.

For additional information or assistance in locating an OA journals, contact Laurie Preston, Head of Digital Resources & Scholarship, or your liaison librarian.

  • Wiley Journals: A statewide pool of money is available for use towards publishing OA in Wiley journals. For information on applying for these funds, see
  • Cambridge Journals: Our contract with Cambridge University Press includes open access publishing for R-MC faculty in most of the over 400 journals published by Cambridge; only 12 journals are excluded from the agreement. For more information see
  • American Chemical Society Journals: As of Jan. 1, 2024, authors will be able to publish articles open access with no fee in all ACS journals. Articles will be published with a CC-BY license. When submitting an article, select Randolph-Macon College from the institution list and this will automatically trigger the OA approval process.
  • Institute of Physics (IOP) Journals: Authors may publish journal articles open access at no fee from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2024.  This includes 58 hybrid journals as well as 18 fully open access journals, with CC-BY as the standard license.  This agreement does not include the American Astronomical Society (AAS) journals published by IOP. For more information see
  • International Water Association Journals: Our contract includes open access publishing in all of the publications from the IWA. For more information contact Laurie Preston, Head of Digital Resources & Scholarship.


The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which the Library helps to support, is a curated directory of high-quality peer-reviewed open access journals that also provides a searchable index of the articles published in the journals. Use this tool to locate an appropriate journal that is either Open Access or is Hybrid, a combination of OA articles and subscription only (traditional publishing) articles.


Also, if you are writing a research grant with an expected outcome of a publication of your research, consider including OA fees as part of your grant request. Many granting agencies will provide OA fees to ensure the broadest dissemination of the research that they have funded.