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Open Access: Public Library of Science (PLOS)

A guide to Open Access at the University of Huddersfield


The PLOS Flat Fee Agreement provides unlimited publishing in seven PLOS journals (PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Digital Health, and PLOS Complex Systems) for corresponding authors at the University.

To be eligible under this agreement articles must have an acceptance date after the 1st January 2024 and meet the following Author, Journal and Article type criteria.


Eligible Authors

To be eligible under this agreement the corresponding author, i.e. the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process, must be employed by or affiliated with the University of Huddersfield.

Authors should use their University of Huddersfield email address and ensure they select the correct affiliation during the submission process


Eligible Journals
  • PLOS ONE: is an inclusive journal community working together to advance science for the benefit of society, now and in the future. Founded with the aim of accelerating the pace of scientific advancement and demonstrating its value, we believe all rigorous science deserves to be published and should be discoverable, widely disseminated and freely accessible to all.
  • PLOS Complex Systems: is a community-led, Open Access journal for leading research that transcends disciplines. From computer scientists to climate scientists, mathematicians to anthropologists, our journal is for all researchers who seek to understand problems through a lens of networks, nonlinear relationships, and the use of data, and computational analysis
  • PLOS Computational Biology: provides substantial new insight into living systems at all scales, from the nano to the macro, and across multiple disciplines, from molecular science, neuroscience and physiology to ecology and population biology.
  • PLOS Digital Health: drives transformation in the delivery of equitable and unbiased healthcare through ethically conducted, impactful, immediately accessible research from our diverse community of engineers, clinicians and researchers, as well as social scientists and industry leaders, from around the world.
  • PLOS Genetics: publishes human studies, as well as research on model organisms—from mice and flies, to plants and bacteria. Our emphasis is on studies of broad interest that provide significant insight into a biological process or processes. 
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: is dedicated to research that addresses the neglected, the forgotten, and the under-resourced, in order to improve the health and prosperity of all the world’s people. 
  • PLOS Pathogens: is a community-driven and Open Access journal publishing ground-breaking work that significantly advances our understanding of pathogen biology or pathogen-host interactions.


Eligible Article Types

No article-type restrictions.


Licence options 

The default is CC BY.

If your article is UKRI-funded please contact to check UKRI eligibility and licence requirements.


Submission Checklist
Criteria All must apply
Affiliated to the University of Huddersfield
You are the corresponding author

The selected journal is an eligible title (see above) and if applicable meets UKRI funding requirements

You used your University email address during the submission process
You selected the 'University of Huddersfield' as your institution during the submission process
You have acknowledged any funders
If UKRI funded, you have chosen an appropriate CC-BY licence to comply with funder requirements


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