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Publishing, Scholarly Communication, and Open Access: Institutional Memberships

Institutional Memberships

Institutional Memberships

The UIC Library supports several open access initiatives by providing author discounts for open access publishing.

BioMed Central

UIC is a Supporting Member of BMC, which entitles UIC faculty to a 15% discount on publishing charges in BMC Journals.


UIC is a full member of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition of universities, research libraries, and organizations. SPARC works to create a "more competitive and diverse marketplace for scholarly communication through support of high-quality, economical alternatives to high-priced journals."

SPARC works with publishing partners who are committed to fair pricing, the ethical use of scholarly resources, and intellectual property management policies that emphasize broad and easy distribution


UIC Research Open Access Article Publishing (ROAAP) Fund

The UIC Research Open Access Publishing Fund supports faculty, researchers, staff, post-docs, and students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication, but are not supported by grants or contracts with funds to help cover open access or paid access publishing fees. The ROAPP fund provides financial support towards both open access fees and those to commercial and not-for-profit publishers who provide open access to an article immediately upon
publication for an additional fee.

Learn more about the ROAAP Fund