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ACM Open Access Agreement

Purdue University Libraries and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have entered into a transformative Open Access agreement as part of the ACM OPEN pilot. This program allows researchers affiliated with Purdue University to publish open access articles in ACM publications at no cost to themselves. Participating in this pilot program helps ACM transform their publishing model to fully open access, while helping to advance the visibility and access of Purdue authored publications.
Purdue Libraries are paying one fee to cover subscription access as well as open access publication costs. As a result, members of the Purdue community will have full access to content in the ACM Digital Library; and, authors who wish to publish open access with ACM can do so without the need to pay article processing charges. Purdue authors will have the option to retain the copyright of their articles.

The agreement is in effect from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023.

ACM Open Agreement FAQs

Who is eligible to participate?
Corresponding authors who are affiliated with Purdue University-West Lafayette, Purdue Northwest, and Purdue Fort Wayne are eligible for this program.
Who is considered a corresponding author?
Corresponding authors are either sole authors or co-authors of articles accepted by ACM for publication, who are designated by their co-authors to serve as the corresponding author for the accepted article.
What article types are eligible for Open Access publication under this agreement? 
All fully peer-reviewed research articles newly published in ACM’s magazines, conference proceedings and journals are eligible.
What do I need to do to participate?
You must use your Purdue email address when you submit your work to ACM for publication. After your article is accepted for publication, you will receive an email from ACM Rights Review that mentions the Purdue Libraries agreement with ACM. After linking to ACM's eRights form, if you want to take advantage of this agreement, must select "Permission Release".
Which license should I choose?
If you selected the Open Access (Permission Release) option, you will be asked to select your preferred Creative Commons License. While the default CC license, CC-BY (Attribution), allows you to retain all rights to your work and grants re-use rights to others, you can choose to add additional restrictions to the license. You can allow remixing, prohibit commercial use (CC-BY-NC), require Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA), or combine any of these 3 options.

At the end of the day, any CC license supports open access. The choice of which CC license is entirely up to you. Fewer restrictions allow your work the widest possible discovery and re-use.
What if I don't want to publish open access?
You can still publish your article with ACM, even if you do not wish to use this open access option. This agreement does not limit or dictate your decisions on where or how you wish to publish. This agreement provides an open access publishing option with ACM at no cost to you. You can choose not to publish your work openly.
What is a "Read and Publish" agreement?
A Read-and-Publish agreement is an agreement in which the publisher receives payment for reading as well as payment for publishing bundled into a single contract. For more information about this, and other transformative agreements, see "Transformative Agreements: A Primer" by L. Hinchliffe.

PLOS Agreement

Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies have entered into an Unlimited Publishing Agreement with the Public Library of Science, through a partnership between PLOS, the Center for Research Libraries, and NorthEast Research Libraries. This agreement provides authors at Purdue University-West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, and Purdue Northeast with unlimited publishing in all 12 PLOS journals without incurring fees, beginning April 1, 2022

In January, 2021, the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) entered into an agreement for BTAA members to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program, allowing BTAA researchers to publish in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine. The new Unlimited Publishing Agreement expands upon this previous package, providing unlimited, no-fee publishing for Purdue corresponding authors in 12 PLOS journals: PLOS BiologyPLOS ClimatePLOS Computational BiologyPLOS Digital HealthPLOS GeneticsPLOS Global Public HealthPLOS MedicinePLOS Neglected Tropical DiseasesPLOS ONEPLOS PathogensPLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water.

PLOS Agreement FAQs

Who can participate?
Any corresponding author or contributing author who is affiliated with Purdue University-West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, or Purdue Northwest is covered under this agreement.
What is my cost to participate?
There is no cost to corresponding authors who are affiliated with Purdue University. Likewise, there is no cost if the corresponding author of the manuscript is affiliated with another institution member of PLOS Community Action Publishing (CAP). If you are a contributing author and the corresponding author is not affiliated with an institutional member of PLOS CAP, the corresponding author will receive 25% discount on the APC.
Which journals are included?
This agreement covers articles published in 12 PLOS journals: PLOS BiologyPLOS ClimatePLOS Computational BiologyPLOS Digital HealthPLOS GeneticsPLOS Global Public HealthPLOS MedicinePLOS Neglected Tropical DiseasesPLOS ONEPLOS PathogensPLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water.
Is there a limit to how many articles can be published under this agreement?
No. This agreement includes articles for publication in PLOS journals that have been authored by Purdue University affiliated corresponding authors through the length of the agreement.
How do I participate?
You must properly self-identify during submission to be recognized as eligible. Use your Purdue or PFW email account upon submission of your manuscript. Funding approval for PLOS BiologyPLOS Medicine, and PLOS Sustainability and Transformation is automatic, as long as authors use their Purdue email account upon submission. Other journals may require an additional institutional identification step.