Mark Allen – an open access agreement for KI researchers

As a researcher at Karolinska Institutet, you can publish open access free of charge in 20 hybrid journals* from Mark Allen.

Between Swedish universities and publisher Mark Allen, there is now a national agreement that offers KI's researchers to publish their articles open access without a publication fee in about 20 of their journals. In the agreement, the publishing fee (article processing charge or APC) is already prepaid, since the agreement includes both costs for the library's subscriptions and costs for open access publishing. The agreement applies from 1 January 2019 through 31 December 2021.

How do I proceed as an author?

When you, as a KI corresponding author, wants to submit your manuscript to a Mark Allen journal, you need to do it via Mark Allen’s website. Here you can also see the titles included in the agreement. Then, when you are asked if you want to choose the option open access, you should answer yes. If the article is accepted for review, you will receive an email from Mark Allen. Follow the link in this email and select the option "APPLY DISCOUNT". To get the so-called "Promo code" required to avoid the publication fee, send an e-mail to and describe your case and that you are the corresponding author to the article and that you are affiliated with KI.

The agreement requires that you are:
   •  corresponding author 
   •  affiliated with KI

Download a more detailed guide (pdf).

More details about Mark Allen

See a list of the journals covered.

Please contact Library Research Support if you have questions about the agreement with Mark Allen or publishing in general.

*A hybrid journal is a journal that is basically subscription-based, but where individual articles may be made open access, usually by paying a publishing fee (article processing charge or APC).

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