FinELib strikes open access deal with Frontiers


The agreement allows participating institutions to benefit from a 10% national discount, streamlined submission and payment workflows, and other benefits.

FinELib and Frontiers have announced a new three-year (2022-2024) open access agreement. The agreement is the FinELib's first with a fully open access publisher and allows participating institutions to choose from three invoicing schemes (invoiced individually, monthly, or prepayment).

While making it easier for authors to publish their work open access, the agreement also allows institutions to remain in full control as each APC will be verified before being paid. Further benefits include frozen maximum APCs for the duration of the agreement and improved transparency of OA expenditure through detailed reports.

Read Frontiers' press release here.

Participating institutions:

  • Aalto University
  • University of Lapland
  • National Defence University (incl. the military schools)
  • Tampere University including Tampere University Hospital
  • Abo Akademi University
  • Laurea University of Applied Sciences
  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


Open Access Publishing in Frontiers' Journals

The FinELib’s agreement with Frontiers allows participating institutions to benefit from a discount of 10 % on Frontiers’ publication fees (Article Processing Charges, APCs).

The discount applies to APCs paid by participating institutions (i.e. it doesn’t apply to APCs paid individually by authors). All articles will be published under the CC BY licence.

Am I eligible?

You are eligible if you meet the criteria below:

  • You are affiliated with one of the participating Finnish institutions

  • You are the corresponding author of the article

  • Your article is peer-reviewed (Frontiers categories A, B, C)

  • Your article has been submitted or accepted for publication during 1.4.2022–31.12.2024 (agreement period may vary from organization to organization)

  • The journal you are publishing in is included in the agreement.
    List of eligible titles (xls)

  • The APC for your article is paid by your organization (e.g. library, department). Please note that requirements and eligibility for APC funding differ from institution to institution.

Need support? Not sure of your eligibility? Email your local library.

Is my journal compliant with Plan S?

Use the Journal Checker Tool to see if your preferred journal is compliant with Plan S and with the Academy of Finland's OA policy.

I am eligible, what do I need to do?

Frontiers will identify your eligibility:

  • Based on your invoice selection (Choose Payer → Click "Frontiers institutional members" → Start typing the name of your organization and select the correct one from the list.)

  • Based on your affiliation details (corresponding author's first affiliation)

  • Based on your email domain (official domain of your institution)

If one or more of these criteria can be matched, a funding request will be forwarded to your institution for approval.

Please note that if your funding request is not approved, Frontiers will invoice the corresponding author and no discount will be applied.


Final report of the FinELib's APC-project out now!


The report is the result of a project undertaken by the FinELib consortium in 2019–2020 to explore the motivations and challenges associated with the monitoring of APC (Article Processing Charge) expenditure among its member organisations.

The report is in Finnish but contains an Executive Summary in English which summarises the key conclusions of the project while also highlighting some of the actions Finnish institutions and stakeholders are urged to take to further promote the monitoring of APCs.

The report (Kirjoittajamaksut ja niiden seuranta: havaintoja ja kehitysehdotuksia) can be accessed here.

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