The Advantages of IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative for Researchers

Case Study: How to Source 100% Open Access Funding through IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read & Publish) Initiative

By IGI Global on May 10, 2021
Case Study: How to Source 100% Open Access Funding through IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read & Publish) Initiative

Over the past several years, academia and scholarly publishing have turned into a data-driven endeavor that hinges on the citation impact, indexing, and prestige of research. Due to this shift, academics are not only now challenged with teaching classes, conducting office hours, researching and writing, continuing education, participating in various societies and associations, and more, but they must also ensure that their research work is highly discoverable and accessible. One of the main opportunities to increase the citation impact of a research paper is through Open Access.

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Through OA, researchers’ work is published through a Creative Commons license and as such they can freely share their findings to the entire global community. While the benefits of publishing under OA are endless, including up to an 89% higher download rate, increase in citation impact, opportunities for career advancement, and more, there are a host of challenges for authors to procure funding to cover the related OA article processing charges. According to a study conducted by PCG Open Access Library (2014), the most common funding sources for OA APCs, include authors themselves followed by outside
grant funding.

While these statistics are changing today, this, in conjunction with mandates including Plan S, was the inspiration behind IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative.

“IGI Global’s philosophy from day one has been, and will continue to be, publishing content based on the innovative nature and quality presented in the work as opposed to focusing purely on profitability,” stated Dr. Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, President and CEO of IGI Global. “So, while we understand the need for there to be article processing charges associated with publishing under open access in order to cover the costs of producing peer-reviewed journal content, we also feel that it is important for publishers to review these fees, and determine in what ways
could these costs be subsidized?”

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Introduced in early 2019, IGI Global’ OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative provides an additional source of OA funding to institutions that invest in IGI Global’s e-Collections:

Under this initiative, when a library invests in IGI Global e-Book, e-Journal, or discipline/subject-specific
e-Collections, IGI Global will match the library’s investment with a fund of equal value to go toward subsidizing the OA article processing charges (APCs) and OA book processing charges (BPCs) for their students, faculty, and staff at that institution when their work is submitted and accepted under OA (following peer review) into an IGI Global journal or book.
Through this initiative, researchers are able to freely publish under a quality OA publishing process, libraries are able to maximize their budgets, and we, as a publisher, are able to cover the costs of publishing quality research. Through this initiative, researchers have been able to receive all the benefits of publishing under OA without the cumbersome process of finding
OA funding.

Benefits of IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver Initiative:

  • Provides an Additional Source of OA APC Funding for Researchers
  • Supports the OA Movement Through a Sustainable Model
  • Enables More OA Content to be Published for the Research Community
  • Greater Library-Research Collaboration
  • Provides a Credible OA Publishing Outlet for Institutions
  • Increases Access to Innovative Scholarly Content through our e-Collections
  • Increases the Discoverability and Impact of Author’s Research
  • Increase Global Availability of Peer-Reviewed Research
  • And More.

As noted above, this initiative is applicable when your library invests in one of IGI Global’s e-Collections. This model has dual benefits, enabling your library to easily and affordably acquire the latest research, while also supporting faculty in publishing under open access. When institutions invest in our e-Book and/or e-Journal collections, researchers have access to our entire collection of 6,600+ e-books and 145+ e-journals, which span across 11 core subject areas, including business, computer science, education, social sciences, and more.

This enables them to easily and freely access the latest research for course syllabi, professional development, personal research, and reference. It also enables libraries to easily and affordably acquire resources for their institution, as IGI Global offers various programs and offerings to fit declining library budgets.

As you may know, the overall industry has been seeing a decrease in library journal subscription budgets, as well as acquisitions budgets. According to a Scholarly Kitchen article, 75% of academic institutions have experienced cuts due to the pandemic and that statistic is only growing, with some institutions no longer acquiring scholarly journals and some private institutions no longer purchasing print publications.

These trends alone and the aggressive decrease in subscription budgets is threatening the future of traditionally published scholarly journals and could limit content availability and publishing options for researchers. However, through this model, IGI Global’s e-Journal collection (and e-Book collection) is made affordable for libraries to support the published research and could preserve the future of these publication channels.

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A prime example of the benefits of utilizing the OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative is showcased through IGI Global’s International Journal of Translation, Interpretation, and Applied Linguistics (IJTIAL) edited by Profs. Wei Zhao (Shandong University (Weihai), China), Lin Fan (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China) and Yuanyuan Mu (Hefei University of Technology, China). During the 2020 volume year, the editors and contributors of the journal collaborated and noticed that the majority of their institution’s invested in IGI Global’s e-Collections, including the e-Book and e-Journal Collections.

Open Access Funding Provided by Shandong University (Weihai), China
International Journal of Translation, Interpretation, and Applied Linguistics (IJTIAL)
Profs. Wei Zhao (Shandong University (Weihai), China) et al.
Published: Annually | Established: 2019
  • Converted to Gold OA on Jan. 1, 2021
  • Platinum Journal with $0 OA APCs
  • Covers Linguistics, Teaching, & Theory
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Through this investment, they had direct access to 100% OA APC waivers and requested to have content from their journal retroactively converted to full open access through IGI Global. Through this conversion, they were able to open a full issue of their journal to full Gold OA, including providing access to:

Not only were they able to increase the citation impact of their journal through their efforts, but the editors were able to continue their efforts and garner full funding through Shandong University (Weihai), China for their journal starting in the 2021 volume year. Through this funding, the institution covers the full OA article processing charges (APCs) of all of the articles that are submitted and accepted (following the peer review process), making their journal platinum open access (see more about platinum open access below). To learn more about the journal or to submit a paper to IJTIAL, view the journal webpage.

Additionally, for IGI Global editors that are interested in providing OA opportunities to their journal contributors or publish a full OA book, IGI Global can work directly with that editor and their institution to enable the OA fund from our OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative to go toward that specific publication. Therefore, when their institution invests in one of our e-Collections the matching fund of OA APC waivers will go toward their specific journal or OA book project. This provides support to our editors, increases the prestige of the institution, as well as assists contributors to easily make their research paper open access.

This model easily enables editors to publish full OA books, which can be an expensive endeavor, as well as support editors in transitioning their journals to platinum. Platinum journals (also known as diamond) are journals that have full funding coverage for all aspects of the open access publishing process and as such there are no APCs charged to the authors. Through having no APCs, editors are able to garner increased submissions for the journal, as it removes the costs associated with publishing under OA for the contributors.

Editors are able to utilize IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative as a part of the funding for their journal and if they are able to find additional funding, they can work with us directly to transition their journal into diamond/platinum. Additionally, if an editor is unable to find full funding for their journal, they can always utilize our OA Fee Waiver Initiative and outside funding to provide a discounted OA APC, which will assist contributors in easily affording fees associated with open access publishing.

Through IGI Global converting 32 journals to full gold OA coupled with the content made available under OA through this OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative, over a thousand articles and chapters are now available under open access. Many of the articles that are now available under gold OA were directly waived through IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative and include research from hundreds of international institutions. Recent content that was opened, includes:
Through this content being opened, these researchers reap the full benefits of publishing under OA, including but not limited to:

  • Their Research is Free and Accessible to All (Creative Commons BY License)
  • Increased Discoverability of Published Content (89% Higher Download Rate)
  • Acceleration of Citation Impact & Increased Indexing Potential
  • Greater Visibility & Wider Professional Recognition
  • Opportunities for Networking & Collaboration
  • Supports Overall Career Advancement
  • Affordable Article Processing Charges (APC) (Starting at US$ 500)
  • And More.

"Receiving the support from IGI Global’s OA Fee Waiver Initiative encourages me to continue my research work without any hesitation. It also brings me more possibility in discovering new knowledge of information management and makes me expect more outcomes of our team in
the future."
- Prof. Wenlong Liu, College of Economics and Management at Nanjing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics, China

I’m very happy to have been able to make one of my recent research contributions, ‘Visualizing the Social Media Conversations of a National Information Technology Professional Association’ featured in the International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals, freely available along with having access to the valuable resources found within IGI Global’s e-Journal Collection.”
- Prof. Stuart Palmer, Deakin University, Australia

This initiative supports researchers in publishing under OA and authors, editors, and contributors can reap various benefits from this OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative. It provides flexibility for researchers and institutions, alike, as well as supports the publishing of quality OA research. For those who are interested in taking advantage of 100% OA APC waivers through this initiative, they can recommend IGI Global’s e-Book and e-Journal Collections to their institution’s librarian. Additionally, for reference, find below institutions that currently have access to this initiative. To see if your institution is eligible, contact IGI Global’s e-Collections Team at

Aalto University Library
Alkek Library - Texas State University San Marcos
Amasya Üniversitesi
Anadolu Üniversitesi
Anderson University (South Carolina)
Arkansas State University
Athabasca University
Auckland University of Technology - AUT
Bar-Ilan University
Bartın Üniversitesi
BCW Gruppe
Beihang University
Beijing Normal University
Beijing University Of Chinese Medicine
Beijing University Of Posts And Telecommunications
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Binghamton University
Bohol Island State University
Bursa Uludag University
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Capella University
Cardiff University
Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
Central Michigan University
Charles Sturt University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
ChongQing Medical University
Chung Shan Institute of Science And Technology
City University of Hong Kong
College of St. Scholastica Library
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
Copenhagen Business School, CBS Library
Curtin University of Technology (Bentley)
Dakota State University
Dalian Maritime University
Davenport University
Deakin University Library
DHBW Heidenheim
Drexel University
Edinburgh Napier University
Eindhoven University of Technology
ETH Zurich - ETH Bibilothek
Fayetteville State University
FH Muenster
Florida International University
Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC)
Gansu Medical College
George Mason University
Georgetown College
Hacettepe Üniversitesi
Hanyang University
Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)
Heilongjiang Provincial Public Security Department
Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
He'nan University
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt
Hochschule Neu-Ulm, Hochschulbibliothek
Hochschule Offenburg
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hunan Institute of Technology
Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad
Indian Institute Of Management - Lucknow
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Inner Mongolia Arts University
Institute for Defense Analyses
Isik University
Istinye University
Jiangxi Science and Technology Normal University Library
JiaYing University
JLIN Engineering Normal University
Karabuk University
KERIS (Korea Education and Research Information Service)
King's Own Institute
LaTrobe University
Leipzig University of Applied Sciences
Liaoning University of Technology
Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Louisiana State University
Management Development Institute India - MDI
Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Massey University Library
Max Planck Digital Library
McMaster University
Medical University Of South Carolina
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Monash University
National Cheng Kung University
National Institute Of Education - NIE
National Library of the Republic of Indonesia
National Taiwan University Of Science And Technology
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
New York University

Ningxia University
Northcentral University
Northeastern University
Nova Southeastern University
Open University of Hong Kong
Ordu Üniversitesi
Oregon State University
Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden
Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
President Ramon Magsaysay State University
Princeton University
Queensland University of Technology
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Üniversitesi
Research Council Oman
Royal Roads University
Sam Houston State University
Sheffield Hallam University
Shenzen Metro
Sinop University
Skyline University
Staats- und Universitatabibliothek Bremen
Stanford University
Syracuse University Libraries
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Team University
Technical University Munich - Technische Universität München Universitätsbibliothek
Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
Texas A&M International University
The Education University Of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
Tilburg University
Tomas Bata University In Zlín
Tongji University
Tsinghua University
UB Giessen
UB Mannheim
Ulakbim-TUBITAK United States Coast Guard Academy
Univeristy of Fort Hare
Universidad De Cuninamarca
Universitaets- Und Landesbibliothek Duesseldorf
Universitas Amikom Yogyakarta
Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta
Universitat Rovira I Virgili
Universitätsbibliothek Hagen
Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
University of Auckland
University of Bath
University of Boras
University of British Columbia
University of Califorinia-Irvine
University Of California-Irvine
University of Central Florida
University Of Cincinnati
University of Cologne - Universitäts & Stadtbibliothek Köln
University of Hong Kong Libraries - UHK
University of Houston Downtown
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
University of Johannesburg
University of Kentucky
University of Laval Library
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Minnesota
University of Notre Dame Australia
University of Phoenix
University of Portsmouth
University of Salford
University of South Africa - UNISA
University of South Australia
University of Strathclyde
University of Tasmania
University of Technology Sydney
University of Texas - San Antonio
University of the Sunshine Coast
University of Toronto
University of Tuebingen
University of Turku
University of Victoria
University of Wales Trinity St David
Victoria University
Vinh University
Weizmann Institute Of Science
Western University
Winston-Salem State University
Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University
Yanbian University
Yunnnan Agricultural University
And Many More!

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