UWM Libraries Support Open Access Publishing and Discovery

open access logoThe UWM Libraries are celebrating International Open Access Week 2020 (October 19-26) by highlighting below some of the ways that we support open access publishing and discovery.


The UWM Libraries recently joined MDPI’s International Open Access Program (IOAP). Founded in 1996 in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) is an open access publisher of scientific journals. Among other membership benefits, UWM authors will now receive a 10% discount on article processing charges in MPDI journals.

UWM Libraries join over 700 other institutions partnering in IOAP.  MDPI publishes 275 journal titles, including International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Sensors, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and VirusesA complete list can be found here.

University Open Access Publication Fund

The University Open Access Publication Fund (UOAP) is managed by the UWM Libraries to provide UWM authors funding that covers costs associated with publication of their scholarship in open access journals.

UOAP underwrites 50% of article processing fees—up to $1000—in fully open access journals

For more information about MDPI or UOAP, please contact Svetlana Korolev (skorolev@uwm.edu).

Finding Open Access Articles

The Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Team recently compiled and posted a webpage to help faculty and others find open access articles.

Among the search tools noted are two browser extensions:

  • Open Access Button searches across all of the aggregated repositories in the world, hybrid articles, open access journals, and those on authors’ personal pages. Supported by SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), the OA Button builds on the work of librarians, researchers, and developers to provide an easy and legal strategy for locating OA research.
  • Unpaywall is built on a database of over 20 million OA articles and papers. According to their site, the data is sourced from open indexes like Crossref and DOAJ where it exists. However, the majority of their OA content comes from independently monitoring over 50,000 unique online content hosting locations, including Gold OA journals, Hybrid journals, institutional repositories, and disciplinary repositories.

A number of open repositories are listed as well on the Libraries’ new webpage.