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Open Access Publishing : OA Publishing Opportunities at WFUSM


Wake Forest University libraries holds a read and publish agreement with Cambridge University Press to support open access publishing. Cambridge is offering members of our institution an opportunity to publish articles in gold and hybrid journals. WFU and WFUSM authors may publish Gold OA articles at no cost, or at a discounted article processing charge (APC). To find out if you're eligible, please use the checker tool.

To be eligible, articles must:

  • Have a corresponding author affiliated with Wake Forest University or Wake Forest School of Medicine.
  • Be original research – eligible article types are research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports and case reports.
  • Be accepted for publication in a Cambridge University Press journal covered by the agreement.

The Company of Biologists

WFUSM affiliated authors may publish open access at no cost in The Company of Biologists' five journals. See the Guide for Authors for details. Journals listed below:

Check out how publishing and peer reviewing preserves a forest in the United Kingdom!


WFUSM affiliated authors may publish in any Frontiers journal with a 15% discount

If a Wake Forest University School of Medicine-affiliated corresponding author submits their manuscript with a institutional email address domain, the discount will be automatically applied IF the article is accepted for publication. If submission is done with another email domain, but Wake Forest University School of Medicine is indicated as the affiliation, Frontiers will verify eligibility for the discount with Coy C. Carpenter Library. The author will receive an email after submission about discount details and applicability.

Frontiers HomepageFrontiers A-Z Journal List | About Frontiers 

Future Medicine

Coy C. Carpenter Library has established an agreement with Future Medicine for WFUSM authors to publish open access articles. This means WFUSM affiliated authors are not responsible for article processing charges so there is no cost for publishing in their journals.

Author Guide | Future Medicine Journals

IGI Global

WFUSM and IGI Global, a publisher specializing in Business & Management; Scientific, Technical, & Medical (STM); and Education have entered an agreement to encourage open access publishing. Faculty who publish journal articles and book chapters in IGI Global's many publications can receive a 5% discount on processing charges. The discount is applied after double-blind peer review and acceptance. Manuscripts can be submitted via IGI Global's eEditorial Discovery manuscript submission system using the IGI Global Portal.


WFUSM and WFU has a deal with Karger Publishers offering publishing assistance for open access articles.  As a member of the institution, authors are eligible to publish their article at no cost to the author when they are accepted for publication in any Karger journal. 


MDPI is an organizational acronym used by two related organizations, Molecular Diversity Preservation International and Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Authors affiliated with WFUSM will receive a 10% discount on the APC.

Open Access Policy | Article Processing Charge

Wake Forest School of Medicine is currently a member of the institutional open access program (IOAP). IOAP advantages:

• Authors affiliated with WFUSM will receive a 10% discount on the APC.

• Institution is granted free access to the MDPI submission system and can receive free alerts of new submissions to MDPI journals.

Oxford University Press

WFUSM and WFU authors may publish at no cost in Oxford open access in ONLY hybrid journals. This means the author will not be responsible for the article processing charge. The list below includes all of Oxford's open access journals so please sort by hybrid journals as these are the ones which qualify under the Oxford agreement.

Royal Society Publishing

Under this agreement with Royal Society of Publishing, WFUSM authors may choose to publish open access in eight hybrid and two fully OA journals - all offering a 25% discount on the article processing charge. Journal details listed here (agreement does not include Biographical Memoirs). When submitting from the journal webpage, the author chooses open access using email then under membership, choose WFUSM and the discount is automatically applied.


Wake Forest University libraries have an agreement with SAGE Publishing to support Open Access publishing. Under the agreement, SAGE is offering a 10% discount on APC cost to WFUSM faculty if they are the corresponding author for accepted publication in a SAGE gold OA journal.

SAGE publishes more than 200 fully gold open access journals or see this list.

For details on the WFU libraries' agreement, see here. And SAGE's commitment to open access/open science.

Note: SAGE offers a range of discounts based on other criteria and the highest discount will be applied.(e.g. Reviewer= 20% discount)

Springer Nature

WFUSM affiliated authors may publish at no cost in hybrid open access journals across the Springer Nature portfolio. This webpage gives details about the offer along with a link to author guidelines.

  • The copyright remains with the author: the author's open access article will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY/ CC BY-NC) license – you are free to redistribute the material in any medium or format.


WFUSM affiliated authors may publish open access in any of Wiley's hybrid journals (subscription-based journals that offer an open access option) or Wiley or Hindawi fully open access journals at no cost to the author.

To be eligible:

Instructions for Authors | Dashboard for Authors | More Info on WFUSM Open Access Agreement

BMJ Case Reports Fellowship

WFUSM has an institutional fellowship with BMJ Case Reports, which offers publishing assistance in the journal for our faculty, staff and students. Click here for more information about submitting a manuscript to BMJ Case Reports. 

  • Submit as many case reports as you like
  • Enjoy fast, supportive peer review and rapid publication
  • Gain international recognition and publicity for your cases
  • Search and browse thousands of published case reports from all over the globe
  • Learn from common and rare real-world clinical scenarios
  • Reuse material personally and for teaching
  • Rate cases, and comment on cases through letters and blogs

Please note this code does not cover article processing charges (APC) if you choose to publish open access. You do need the code to just SUBMIT to this journal.

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