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Open Access Publishing : OA Publishing Opportunities at WFUSM

BMJ Case Report Fellowship

WFUSM has an institutional fellowship with BMJ Case Reports, which offers publishing assistance in the journal for our faculty, staff and students. This means that there is no fee for the article processing charge.

  • 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

Click here for more information about submitting a manuscript to BMJ Case Reports. 


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 Open Access 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.
  • Be accepted for publication between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2023.


Coy C. Carpenter Library of Wake Forest University School of Medicine has formed an institutional membership agreement for open access publishing with Frontiers. 

This institutional agreement means that eligible Wake Forest University School of Medicine authors will be able to publish in any Frontiers journal with a 15% discount. 

The Coy C. Carpenter library of Wake Forest University School of Medicine supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. This agreement will further encourage Wake Forest University School of Medicine researchers to publish open access, increasing the volume of research openly available. While this reduces costs for the researcher, it also benefits the wider research community and the public at large.  

Information for authors:
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 submisstion about discount details and applicability.

For information on whether your article is eligible under this agreement, please visit our membership page or contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Dianne Johnson.

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Future Science/Medicine

WFUSM holds an agreement with Future Science Group for publishing open access in hybrid and fully open access journals at no cost to the author. Also, as a part of this agreement, Carpenter Library subscribes to the complete collection of Future Science journals. Subscription and publication charges are rolled into one cost covered by Carpenter Library.

The read and publish agreement allows you to use only the corresponding authors' primary affiliation. The agreement does not apply to Drug Evaluation article types, or articles sponsored or funded by pharma/biotech. Authors should provide the journal editor with details of their affiliation with Wake Forest School of Medicine when submitting their article. All articles are subject to a standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

To find out what journal options are available, see the table of information here.

What does this mean for you?
• Your APCs may be covered if you or one of your co-authors are a member of WFSM
• You should note that extras are not included – if you wish to use any of the optional extras such as accelerated publication or color printing, please make sure you factor these costs in separately 
• You have institutional access to the content from all Future Science journals

What should you do?
• Make sure that you and your co-authors are listed with their correct affiliations in the submission system
• Complete an open access form (see below) and upload it either at submission or revision
• Once your manuscript is accepted, the payment system will allow you to check that your institution is listed correctly and remove the open access fee.

Still have questions? Contact Future Science open access helpdesk via email or Carpenter Library. 

IGI Global

Open Access Partnership with IGI Global

IGI Global, a publisher specializing in Business & Management; Scientific, Technical, & Medical (STM); and Education, has partnered with Wake Forest University School of Medicine to encourage open access publishing among researchers and faculty. This partnership enables research to be freely accessible, increasing its potential citations, usage, and indexing. 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 OA at no cost to the author when they are accepted for publication in any Karger journal. 

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MDPI is an organizational acronym used by two related organisations, Molecular Diversity Preservation International and Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Journals published by MDPI are fully open access. Open access journals are funded and produced using article processing charges (APC). For WFUSM the APC is provided by the submitting author. Author's affiliated with WFUSM  will receive a 10% discount on the APC. To learn more about MDPI's open access policy, follow this link.

Wake Forest School of Medicine is currently a member of the institutional open access program (IOAP). IOAP has the following advantages for the institution and its members:

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

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

• Authors will be invoiced directly. *WFUSM does not currently have a funding system to support open access publishing. 

Here you can find more information about article processing charges (APC).

Note: When submitting a paper to MDPI's IOAP, the author should use their institutional email account ( as well as choose the corresponding institution (Wake Forest University School of Medicine). Then the 10% discount will be released. 


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.

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)


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

Use the Journal Explorer Tool to compare journals by scope, Impact Factor, and open access policy, to find the right journal for your research. 

More Info on WFUSM Open Access Agreement

Additional Resources

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