Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University

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Carnegie Mellon University Libraries’ open access publishing fund will pay for PeerJ memberships at the Basic (1 publication per year) or Enhanced (2 publications per year) level for CMU authors with a valid CMU email address.

When you submit your article or when your article is accepted for publication in PeerJ, please return to this page to submit your claim for a Membership and complete the email verification.

Opening access to research is strategic for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Faculty Senate resolutions passed in 2007 and 2008 encouraged researchers to make their work available open access and encouraged the creation of an open access repository for the campus community. CMU’s repository, Research Showcase (, is funded by the Office of the Provost.

To encourage open access publishing, the University Libraries joined the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and BioMed Central (BMC) in 2012. The memberships give CMU researchers discounts on Article Processing Charges (APCs) for articles accepted by PLoS and BMC journals. In spring 2013, the Libraries created a fund to help authors pay APCs in reputable open access journals. In fall 2013, the fund was expanded to cover PeerJ memberships and to help pay APCs to open access to articles in hybrid journals if the publisher provides a transparent policy for transitioning from subscription to open access. For more information about the University Libraries’ support for open access publishing, see Financial Support for Open Access Publishing (

The University Libraries also provides a publishing platform for open access journals and conference proceedings, conducts outreach to researchers on the importance and requirements of opening access to publications and data, and works with the Office of Sponsored Programs to ensure compliance with federal public access mandates. The university's Scholarly Communications Advisory Board helps to guide the Libraries’ initiatives aimed at facilitating needed changes in scholarly communications.

If you have questions about the University Libraries' support for PeerJ or other open access initiatives, please contact David Scherer, Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant,

*If you are taking the membership route, all authors of an accepted article must have a paid membership.

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