New open access publishing agreement with the Biochemical Society / Portland Press

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We are happy to announce UC’s new open access agreement with the Biochemical Society / Portland Press.

This agreement includes open access publishing in the Biochemical Society / Portland Press’s five hybrid (subscription-based) journals and two open access journals for UCSC authors.

Under a multipayer model, authors who choose to publish open access with this publisher will automatically have the first $1,000 of the Article Processing Charge (APC) covered by the University of California libraries. Authors have two options for covering the remainder:

  • If authors have grant funds, they will be asked to contribute for the remainder of the APC to contribute to help make open access sustainable for the university.
  • When authors do not have grant funds, the UC libraries will cover the remainder of the APC, which we welcome authors to take us up on.

Those choices must be selected in the Biochemical Society / Portland Press’s payment processing system, CCC RightsLink. Alternatively, authors may opt out and publish traditionally.

Authors must be affiliated with UCSC, be the corresponding author, and publish open access to use this agreement. Please see the FAQ for more details.

UC has shifted its investment from paying to read Biochemical Society / Portland Press journals to paying based on UC authors publishing in Biochemical Society / Portland Press journals, with reading still included. Cost controls have been put in place so that the total owed by UC in any year of the agreement is capped, and APC rates will remain the same throughout the term of the agreement.

Please reach out to with any questions.