Support for Open Access at University of Helsinki

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The researchers of the University of Helsinki are entitled to discounts on article-processing charges (APC) of some Open Access publications. The discounts are based on either the subscriptions or the support payment of the Helsinki University Library.

BioMed Central & SpringerOpen

Helsinki University Library Supporter membership provides researchers of the University of Helsinki with a 15% discount on APCs with all BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals. Submit your article through University of Helsinki network to get the discount. If an article has several authors, it will be enough that the sender of the article is from the University of Helsinki. Off-campus submissions can be made through remote access.

MDPI – Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

Based on MDPI Membership of Helsinki University Library the researchers at the University of Helsinki are eligible for a 10% discount on the article-processing charges when publishing in journals from MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute). The membership is pre-selected if authors are submitting within the network of the University of Helsinki (IP range detection). Remote access authors are prompted in the last step of submission to determine the University of Helsinki as your affiliated institution. This membership is valid until 31.10.2016.


Helsinki University Library has made a pre-payment with PeerJ, the award winning peer-reviewed Open Access journal in biology, medicine, and the life sciences, which can be used to cover the APC per publication to publish in PeerJ. This option will also be available to the new PeerJ Computer Science journal. Submit your article using email address to ensure your institutional affiliation.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Gold for Gold is an innovative experiment from the RSC that enables researchers to publish their paper in RSC journals free of charge, as a Gold Open Access (OA) article. Helsinki University Library subscribes to RSC Gold (RSC’s premium collection of 37 international journals, databases and magazines) and is rewarded 2016 with 26 voucher codes that can be applied to the APCs. One voucher code equates to one article, regardless of journal or article type. Please contact Kaija Sipilä to get your voucher code. This subscription is valid until 31.12.2016

Science Advances (AAAS)

Helsinki University Library subscribes to the complete Science Collection, therefore researchers of Helsinki University will receive the maximum institutional savings of $900 on APCs. The APC savings apply specifically to article submissions for Science Advances, the new gold open access journal published by AAAS. All research articles should be submitted through the Science Advances Manuscript Submission Website ( and must include Helsinki University Library AAAS number 11946628 during article submission in order to be eligible for these savings. This subscription is valid until 31.12.2016.

Furthermore, Helsinki University Library is supporting the following services of Open Access:

OLH – The Open Library of Humanities

The University of Helsinki is a Supporting Institution of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) that is dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). The organisation of OLH is funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined OLH in their mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future.


Started in August 1991, arXiv is an openly accessible, moderated repository and distribution server for research articles. Covered areas include physics, mathematics, computer science, nonlinear sciences, quantitative biology and statistics. arXiv offers researchers the channel to follow the most recent study and to get the visibility to its own publications. arXiv is maintained and operated by the Cornell University Library.

SPARC Europe

Helsinki University Library supports SPARC Europe via The Finnish National Electronic Library, FinELib. SPARC Europe engages with the European Commission, the European Parliament, universities and university associations to develop and argue the case for policies that further stimulate a more open and accessible Europe.

Knowledge Unlatched

Helsinki University Library is supporting Open Access through Knowledge Unlatched (KU). KU is an international project to create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books. In KU project libraries from around the world are sharing the payment of a single Title Fee to a publisher, in return for a book being made available on a Creative Commons licence. At the moment 28 books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers are openly available.


SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of thousands of libraries, funding agencies and research centers in more than 40 countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. Helsinki University Library is participating SCOAP3 as a member of The Finnish National Electronic Library, FinELib.

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