Carnegie Mellon University Offers Open Access Publishing with Cambridge University Press

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Cambridge University Press have entered into a three-year read and publish agreement that allows researchers to publish in Cambridge's suite of journals without incurring article processing charges (APC). This agreement will extend the benefits of open access to CMU faculty who are publishing in Cambridge journals and help remove access barriers to research worldwide.

The agreement is implemented from January 1st, 2021. Under the agreement, Carnegie Mellon's corresponding author will have an opportunity to publish their research open access in Cambridge University Press journals over these three years and will not be charged any APC. The University Libraries will be charged an annual fixed flat rate over the three-year term.

This effort, which follows similar agreements with Elsevier, ACM and PLOS in recent years, will advance CMU's commitment to making research available open access.

Cambridge University Press publishes more than 380 peer-reviewed academic journals covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. More information on Cambridge Open Access publications can be found at Cambridge Core.


Who is eligible for the Cambridge open access publishing option?
Beginning January 1, 2021, research articles with a corresponding author from CMU accepted in Cambridge University Press journals will be made openly available in perpetuity at the time of publication at no cost to the authors. The agreement covers Cambridge journals only and does not include Cambridge University Press books.

Will I continue to have access to the Cambridge journal articles I read?
Under the new agreements, CMU faculty and students will continue to receive unrestricted access to all resources in the Cambridge University Press during the three-year term as per Cambridge University Press regular terms of use found at Cambridge Read and Publish Resources page

Why does CMU encourage its researchers to publish their work open access?
If you publish your paper Open Access, you retain your rights as an author, and your work is immediately accessible to anyone. We encourage authors to choose a Creative Commons license. According to Cambridge Read and Publish Resources, 75% of OA articles get more citations than their non-OA equivalents, receiving on average 30-50% more citations!

How will my article be open access?
Corresponding Authors will have the option to select the rights assignment option of their choice to retain the copyright to their article, provide Cambridge University Press with an exclusive license to publish their article, to make their published article shareable via the use of a Creative Commons license, with CC-BY as the default option.

How does this new agreement affect the existing open access funding available through the Libraries' Article Processing Charge (APC) fund?
If a CMU author is the corresponding author on a research article in the Cambridge University Press Journals, they will have the choice to publish in Cambridge peer-reviewed scholarly publications on an open access basis with no fee charged. Use of the CMU APC fund will not be needed.

How will this new agreement provide flexibility to accommodate all CMU authors, whether they want to publish open access or not?
The agreement provides the option for CMU corresponding authors to publish their articles open access. Authors who do not want to publish open access may opt-out and publish their articles as subscription-only behind the journal’s paywall, as they have the option to do now. Non-Corresponding authors of an article published in an Open Access journal published by Cambridge University Press are still eligible to request funding from the CMU APC Fund.

How does this new agreement affect me serving as a reviewer or editor for Cambridge journals?
Your ability to choose which journals to review and edit will not be affected.

Can I continue to publish in the journal or conference of my choice once the new agreement is in effect?
Your ability to choose where to publish your research will not be affected. Authors may continue to publish in and support any journal of their choice.