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Open Access

Open Access resources are freely available to everyone online. Learn more about OA and how PCOM Library can help you publish in OA journals.

Free Open Access Publishing at PCOM

Did you know that the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Library covers author publishing fees for a multitude of open access journals? If you're interested in publishing articles available to all, read on for instructions for publishing in BioMed Central, BMJ Case Reports, PLOS, and SpringerOpen. Only submissions made by current PCOM faculty, staff, residents, or students using a PCOM email address can be covered. Student submissions must be dated before their graduation date.

BioMed Central

Through the Library's membership with BioMed Central, the Library will pay for up to two accepted manuscripts in a 12 month period when current PCOM faculty, staff, residents, or students submit using your PCOM email address. Once your manuscript is accepted, do not pay; the library will confirm your affiliation and cover your fees.

BioMed Central is an STM (science, technology, and medicine) publisher of peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine, and medicine. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication. Authors publishing with BioMed Central retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction, as long as the original work is correctly cited. 

BMJ Case Reports

The PCOM Library now has an institutional fellowship with BMJ Case Reports, allowing PCOM faculty, staff, residents, and students to submit case report manuscripts without paying an individual fee. When you’re ready to submit your report, contact your liaison librarian to get the fellowship code.

BMJ Case Reports accepts cases in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical specialties. BMJ Case Reports makes it easy to submit cases by providing templates for full cases, images in cases, and global health cases. These templates can be accessed, along with additional guidelines for writing, on the Instructions for Authors page.


The Library now pays faculty, staff, resident, and student publication fees for PLOS ONE, PLOS Biology, and PLOS Medicine. The Library will pay for up to two accepted manuscripts in a 12 month period when submitted using a PCOM email address.

PLOS ONE is the world’s first multidisciplinary open access journal and accepts scientifically rigorous research, regardless of novelty. PLOS ONE features original research from the natural sciences, medical research, engineering, as well as the related social sciences and humanities that will contribute to the base of scientific knowledge. By not excluding research on the basis of subject area, PLOS ONE facilitates the discovery of connections between research whether within or between disciplines. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported. PLOS Biology publishes significant advances across the biological sciences, while PLOS Medicine publishes articles of general interest on biomedical, environmental, social and political determinants of health. The journal emphasizes work that advances clinical practice, health policy or pathophysiological understanding to benefit health in a variety of settings.


PCOM Library has partnered with Springer to cover author fees for SpringerOpen, Springer's collection of fully open access journals. When submitting, use a PCOM email address. Once your manuscript is accepted, do not pay; the library will confirm your affiliation and cover your fees.

SpringerOpen, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science. SpringerOpen journals and books are made freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication. They are subject to high-level peer review, author and production services ensuring quality and reliability of the work. Authors publishing with SpringerOpen retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under a Creative Commons license.


DigitalCommons@PCOM is an electronic archive, housing published and unpublished work by PCOM faculty and students as well as publications of classes, departments, and offices. The DigitalCommons provides electronic preservation and persistent access worldwide to the scholarly and creative works of the PCOM community. 

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Last Updated: Jan 23, 2023 4:58 PM