Scholarly Publishing Round-up April 2022

Learn more about journals with reduced or waived article processing charges for corresponding authors, how to cite a preprint, and new features on the Scopus author page.


New agreements and memberships with publishers. Becker Medical Library is exploring new models of publishing to enable open access to publications by negotiating agreements and memberships with publishers. These new models include transformative agreements in which subscription costs are repurposed to support open access publishing by waiving the open access fee for authors, and publisher memberships that offer reduced open access fees. Both models allow for open and free access to works published by authors at Washington University.

Earlier this year, Becker Library along with Washington University Libraries signed two transformative agreements with publishers that allow for a waiver of article processing charges (APCs) for corresponding authors who publish their works as open access using the Creative Commons license (CC 4.0). These agreements are with the Microbiology Society and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Another similar agreement is in place with BMJ Case Reports where authors from Washington University are entitled to a waiver of article processing charges for case reports. There are also 10 publisher memberships that offer reduced APCs for authors. For a full list of agreements and memberships, see: Open Access: Discounts and Waivers for Article Processing Charges (APCs). Authors who are members of organizations that publish journals are also advised to check with organization to confirm discounts or waivers for APCs.

Questions? Contact Denise Hannibal or Cathy Sarli.


Need guidance for citing a preprint? The December 2021 ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals included guidance on citing preprints in manuscripts. Some main highlights follow:

  • When citing a preprint in a manuscript, the citation should clearly indicate that the reference is a preprint.
  • When a preprint has been subsequently published as a journal article, authors should cite the journal article, not the preprint.
  • Authors should be cautious about referencing preprints that were not subsequently published.

For more information, see: ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2021 Annotated).


Check out your author page in Scopus. Have you checked your author page in Scopus lately? Scopus now includes preprints and awarded grants information on the author page. Preprints were added to help users discover recent contributions from authors and are sourced from the  arXiv, bioRxiv, ChemRxiv, medRxiv and SSRN servers. Preprints are not included in publication or citation counts in Scopus. The Awarded grants feature is in beta and displays awarded grants from U.S. funders associated with a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI. Authors can use the Edit profile tool to request changes to their author page or contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter if you need corrections to your Scopus author page or if publications are missing. Authors can also create two alerts in Scopus:



Else H, Perkel JM. The giant plan to track diversity in research journals. Nature News. February 23, 2022. doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00426-7.

Pepples L. Lessons from the COVID data wizards. Nature News. March 23, 2022. doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00792-2.

Kwon D. The rise of citational justice: how scholars are making references fairer. Nature News. March 22, 2022. doi: 10.1038/d41586-022-00793-1.

Kozlowski D, Larivière V, Sugimoto CR, Monroe-White T. Intersectional inequalities in science. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2022 Jan 11;119(2):e2113067119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2113067119.

Koning R, Samila S, Ferguson JP. Who do we invent for? Patents by women focus more on women’s health, but few women get to invent. Science. 2021 Jun 18;372(6548):1345-1348. doi: 10.1126/science.aba6990.

Reardon S. Gender gap in US patents leads to few inventions that help women. Nature. 2021 Sep;597(7874):139-140. doi: 10.1038/d41586-021-02298-9.

Murray F. Mothers of invention. Science. 2021 Jun 18;372(6548):1260-1262. doi: 10.1126/science.abh3178.

Dane E, Rockmann KW. Listen up! Revitalizing our writing to stir our readers and supercharge our thinking. Academy of Management Discoveries. 2022;7(2):159-165. doi: 10.5465/amd.2021.0065.