Gold Open Access Agreements with IEEE and PLOS


Institutional Communication Service

31 January 2022

Two new publishing agreements with scientific publishers IEEE and PLOS have come into effect at USI, following those already reached with Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, Karger, Wiley, and SAGE. These agreements have been negotiated by swissuniversities and will be implemented by the USI Libraries. They combine access to the publishers' periodicals (read) with the option to publish free of charge in OA (publish) while minimising cost increases. It is another important addition to the Swiss National OA Strategy.



USI researchers can now publish articles for free in the Gold Open Access journals of the publisher IEEE (full list). The agreement will run through 2024 and applies to all papers accepted after 1 January 2022.

The agreement is limited to 132 papers nationwide for the 2022 - 2024 period.



USI researchers can now publish for free in six journals of the Gold Open Access publisher PLOS:

  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLOS Genetics
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Pathogens
  • PLOS Digital Health

The agreement covers an unlimited number of articles and will be in effect during 2022-2024.

To take advantage of the agreements with IEEE or PLOS, researchers must be corresponding authors of the paper and have a contract with USI. During the process of handling accepted articles, USI affiliation shall be indicated. We also strongly recommend using your institutional email address for article submission.

We want to take this opportunity to remind that, in addition to establishing agreements with individual publishers, USI funds the publication of Gold OA articles by its researchers when they are not already funded within an SNSF project.

The USI Libraries are available to provide further information on the two "read & publish" agreements and on OA publishing in general. Contact by email at: [email protected].


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