While open access implies that information doesn’t cost anything to access, it does sometimes involve costs to the author to publish the work. Hybrid journals (a subscription journal in which some of the articles are open access) and fully open access journals often require an article processing fee or charge.
The Northwestern University Open Access Fund supports Northwestern scholars who wish to make their journal articles openly available immediately upon publication. Authors must publish in a journal that publishes all of its articles as open access and allows for freely available access immediately upon publication, with no embargo of any content. See the fund’s website for more information.
NIH funded researchers may consider including the cost of publishing in their NIH grant applications, according to the NIH Grants Policy Statement .
Institutional site license (subscription) discount for Northwestern University authors
Corresponding authors receive a discounted open access fee of $1,100 since Galter Library maintains an institutional current-year site license for Northwestern University. This is a savings compared to the regular fee ($1,450) and makes the articles immediately free online. Authors of accepted papers should note the reduced fee ($1,100) on the PNAS billing forms included with the author proofs.