News and notes from your librarian: the waiving edition

Scott's new office with desk, shelf and miscellaneous art

by Scott Martin, Biological Sciences Librarian, University of Michigan Library

Scott's new office, with desk, shelf, and miscellanous art
Scott’s new office is suspiciously clean.

Happy almost-spring! My childhood in Michigan notwithstanding, I’ve never been particularly good with winter, so I’m enjoying the turn of the temperatures towards above-freezing this week. One of my current tasks is pulling together lists of Library reserve items to support the courses at the U-M Biological Station, and I’m really excited to get back to Pellston this year. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there!

As you may be aware, U-M benefits from a number of deals with publishers that reduce or waive altogether the article processing charges (APCs) often associated with open-access publications. We maintain a page on our Scholarly Publishing guide that summarizes the currently-available discounts. We’ve recently added a couple of new deals that may benefit some of you:

  • Elsevier: U-M’s recently-renewed subscription agreement with Elsevier includes a 10% discount on APCs for U-M authors publishing in hybrid journals. You can identify eligible journals using Elsevier’s Journal Search Tool (search for specific titles, or check the subject lists, such as the one for Ecology); for more information on the discount process, consult this step-by step slide deck.
  • Wiley: Our recent subscription extension with Wiley includes a substantial pool of full APC waivers for articles by U-M authors, with a 10% discount on APCs for articles published in hybrid journals once those waivers have been used. For more information and step-by-step instructions for authors, visit Wiley’s information page.

In other news, the 3rd floor of the Shapiro Library is undergoing extensive renovation over the next year to transform it into a more welcoming and better-equipped space for research and study, group work and activities, and student-driven programming. You can read more about the new Clark Commons space here, and get the latest updates from the project’s webpage. The print journals from that floor will remain accessible, either from remote storage or in compact shelving in the Shapiro basement. As for me, I’ve relocated to a new office in the Taubman Health Sciences Library, which is a profound change after nearly 17 years in the same Shapiro office! Regardless of where I’m located, I’m still available to assist you with your research,  teaching or other information-related needs – my email, Twitter handle, and Zoom office hour info can all be found on my library profile page.