The Universidad Nacional Autonoma Mexico (UNAM) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have announced a one-year agreement, brokered by Accucoms (PLOS' regional representative), that will allow UNAM researchers to publish in PLOS ONE and other select PLOS journals without incurring article processing charges (APC). Flat fee agreements and PLOS’ other models shift publishing costs from authors to research institutions based on prior publishing history and anticipated future growth with PLOS. The agreement with UNAM starts on January 1, 2023.
PLOS’ Flat Fee model enables APC-free publishing with many of PLOS’ titles, which creates efficiency and reduces administrative overhead for managing gold APC funds. UNAM and PLOS will also collaborate on future data, metrics, and tools for institutions to evaluate Open Access publishing agreements.
UNAM joins a growing list of institutions to sign agreements with PLOS. Others include the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (CSAL), the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the University of California system, Jisc (including University College London, Imperial College London, University of Manchester), NorthEast Research Libraries (NERL), and the Center for Research Libraries, the Canadian Research Knowledge Network among others to support their researchers through publishing deals with PLOS.
The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) last year honored PLOS as the co-winner for Innovation in Publishing for its Community Action Publishing model.Click here to read the original press release.