The University of California (UC) and the nonprofit open access publisher, Public Library of Science (PLoS), have entered an agreement that will make it more affordable for UC authors to publish in one of the PLoS journals.
When implemented, UC libraries will pay at least $1,000 of the article processing charges (APC) for articles with a UC corresponding author. If grant funds are available to cover the balance, the author will be asked to pay the remainder. If grant funds are not available, PLoS will then charge the full APC to the UC libraries.
For more details on the agreement, visit the UC Office of Scholarly Communications website.
Note: This agreement has not been implemented yet. The development of the payment system is already underway and a launch date will be confirmed in the coming months. The PLoS development team is currently targeting April 2020.