Open Access: UC Forges New Agreements With IEEE and Nature

Quick Summary

  • IEEE is among the largest publishers of UC research
  • Nature journals now included in deal with Springer
  • UC offers financial assistance if needed to publish

The University of California on Wednesday (July 27) announced two new open access publishing agreements.

The first supports open access publishing with the technical professional organization IEEE, which is among the largest publishers of UC research. The other is an extension of UC’s 2020 agreement with Springer Nature that adds funding support for open access publishing in the prestigious Nature journals; previously only titles in the Springer portfolio were eligible.

IEEE: 2022-25

The four-year agreement with IEEE, now in effect, enables UC corresponding authors to publish open access in all IEEE journals, regardless of whether the authors have research funds available to pay for open access publishing.


More information on the IEEE agreement, including an FAQ, is available on the UC Office of Scholarly Communication website.

Authors who have research funds available for open access publishing will pay their own open access fee, known as an article processing charge, or APC. For authors who do not have sufficient funds available to pay the APC, the UC libraries will cover the full cost on their behalf, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish open access in IEEE journals.

The agreement also covers overlength page charges for all UC authors regardless of how they choose to publish with IEEE.

The IEEE open access publishing agreement applies to articles accepted for publication from July 15, 2022, through Dec. 31, 2025.

The deal also provides UC scholars with reading access to more than 5 million documents from the IEEE Xplore Digital Library, including scientific journals, proceedings, and standards.

Nature: 2022-24

Beginning Aug. 1, the UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the article processing charge for UC corresponding authors who choose to publish open access in the Nature portfolio of journals, including Nature, the Nature research journals, Nature Communications and Scientific Reports.


More information on the Nature agreement, including an FAQ, is available on the UC Office of Scholarly Communication website.

The remainder due on each APC for publishing in these journals must be covered by the authors themselves, using research funds available to them. Authors without research funds to pay the remainder of the APC may publish their articles on a subscription basis.

While the Nature journals are not eligible for full coverage of the APC, UC authors publishing open access in Springer Nature’s other journals (including Adis, Biomed Central, Palgrave Macmillan, Springer, Springer Open and hybrid Academic journals on will continue to receive the UC libraries’ automatic $1,000 contribution, as well as the option for full coverage of the APC if they lack research funds for publication.

All aspects of the Springer Nature agreement, including UC’s reading access to all currently licensed Springer Nature journals, will continue through Dec. 31, 2024.

Michael Ladisch is the UC Davis Library’s scholarly communication officer. Reach him by email or phone, 530-752-6385.

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