As part of the Penn Libraries’ efforts to support the dissemination of Penn scholarship and to support innovative and sustainable open-access projects, we have set up an institutional plan with PeerJ (a publishing platform focusing on biology, medicine, and general science) and PeerJ Computer Science, https://peerj.com/institutions/38/university-of-pennsylvania/. PeerJ has developed a model of lifetime memberships for its authors. Through the libraries’ institutional plan, Penn faculty and students who are accepted through peer review for publication with PeerJ will automatically receive a basic lifetime membership, which will allow them to post unlimited preprints and to publish one peer-reviewed article a year with PeerJ or PeerJ Computer Science.
PeerJ is one of a number of open access initiatives currently funded through the collections budget. Those initiatives include subscriptions to BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com/), a large open access journal platform, arXiv (http://arxiv.org/), the long established physics preprint database, and Scoap3 (http://scoap3.org/), a partnership of libraries and funding agents to convert high energy physics journals to open access. The libraries are also supporting initiatives such as Knowledge Unlatched (http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-availability-1/), which forms library and publisher partnerships to support open access publication of books on specialized topics, Open Library of the Humanities (https://www.openlibhums.org/), which is creating an open access mega journal and supporting the publication of open access scholarly books, and finally the Open Access Network (http://openaccessnetwork.org), which seeks to develop a new model of centralized funding for open access.