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The California State University (CSU) system has negotiated a two-year gold open access pilot agreement with Elsevier that enables corresponding authors affiliated with the CSU to publish open access in eligible Elsevier journals at no cost to authors.
The Chancellor's Office has negotiated this deal for the 2020-21 academic year. Any manuscripts submitted up until Dec. 31, 2021 will be eligible, even if they are accepted for publication after this date.
From the official press release:
"CSU authors will continue to be able to choose the copyright model they prefer. For authors who wish to go Open Access, all Author Publishing Charges (APCs) will be waived in both 2020 and 2021 for CSU corresponding authors. This option is unlimited and does not impact publishing decisions."
Are CSU students eligible to take advantage of this agreement?
Yes, all corresponding authors affiliated with the CSU are eligible, including faculty, students, staff, etc.
What if I submitted a manuscript to an eligible Elsevier journal between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 but did not select the open access option?
Each month, Elsevier sends CSU librarians a list of articles associated with CSU-affiliated corresponding authors who did not, for whatever reason, choose to publish open access. CSU librarians will reach out to these authors to encourage them to change the publishing option for their articles to open access.