Open Access Memberships
Western Sydney is an institutional member of BioMed Central (BMC). Ongoing payment of article processing fees is dependent on availability of University funds.
From their website:
We are an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher with a large portfolio of peer-reviewed open access journals. Our journals span all areas of biology, medicine and health, including broad interest and specialist titles.
To access funds from these publishers the first or submitting author must be permanent Western Sydney staff member OR HDR student with a Western Sydney staff member as their principle supervisor.
Process for Accessing the Funds:
When submitting a manuscript to a journal from one of these publishers select the option that indicates you are eligible to access Western Sydney Institutional funds. On receipt of a potentially eligible manuscript, the Library receives an email from the publisher to confirm the article processing fee will be paid from Institutional funds. If the Library is unsure a manuscript is eligible the submitting author will be contacted for verification.
Publishing in an open access journal complies with the University ‘Open Access to Research Policy’ which states:
Subject to any intellectual property, commercial, privacy and/or ethical constraints researchers will, as soon as possible, make publications and data arising out of research openly available for re-use and citation. Research funding agreements may require that publications and data created through the funded research be made available within a defined timeframe.
Note: Many journals published by BioMed Central, PLoS and Hindawi require the underlying research datasets to be made freely available with the published article. Notify the Library of a dataset here and a staff member will be in touch to facilitate this process.
Please direct any queries to email@example.com