How Clemson Libraries can help with open access publishing

In August 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued new guidance on its policy that the results of federally funded research should be made available to the American public at no cost. Open access (OA) journals may be free for the public to read, but publishing in them often comes with a price tag for researchers and scholars. Clemson Libraries is here to help faculty navigate that process and potentially save some money along the way.

Open Access Publishing Fund

Clemson Libraries’ OA Publishing Fund is available to help researchers pay OA publishing fees. Faculty, researchers, post-docs and graduate students can apply for up to $1,500 per year to publish in OA journals. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and researchers may only receive one award per year. More information on criteria and how to apply is available online, or contact Megan Sheffield for assistance at

Agreements with OA publishers

Clemson Libraries has several transformative agreements with OA publishers that allow faculty to publish at no cost to them. Clemson Libraries is a member of the Carolina Consortium, which allows academic libraries in North and South Carolina to share a pool of publishing credits with several OA publishers, such as Wiley Publishing and Cambridge University Press. Clemson also has agreements with AIP Publishing, a subsidiary of the American Institute of Physics, and IOP Publishing, which is owned by the Institute of Physics.

The Clemson Libraries team is always looking for opportunities for new OA agreements that will benefit Clemson researchers. For more information about these agreements, contact Chris Vidas at