The PUL Open Access Publishing Program

The PUL Open Access Publishing Program

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Policies & Guidelines


The proposed publication must meet the following criteria: 

  • At the time of the request, the editor-in-chief (or equivalent role) of the publication is a current Princeton faculty member, researcher, staff member, or student. 
  • The publication must be open access without article processing charges. 
  • The publication must have a vetted process for content selection to ensure the quality, such as a peer review or similar process. 
  • The publication must have an editorial board or conference committee, as appropriate. 
  • The publication must have a sustainability plan to show the continuation of the publication in the future. 
  • The publisher(s) must agree to adopt one of the Creative Commons licenses and ORCID. 

Service model

OAPP is free of charge and will provide the necessary systems, structures, and services to make the content available online, discoverable, and freely accessible to all. 

The publishing services from PUL include: 

  • Electronic hosting
  • Technical training and support in hosting platform
  • ISSN and/or E-ISSN application
  • Persistent unique identifier assignment (e.g. ARK and/or DOI)
  • Consultation on indexing and discovery
  • Consultation on copyright-related topics (e.g. author agreement and journal copyright policy)
  • Digital preservation

The publishing partner(s)/the journal editorial board is responsible for: 

  • The editorial process (e.g. content solicitation, peer review process, copyright management, copy editing, design, reference management, etc.)
  • Marketing and promotional activities


By providing the publishing services, PUL does not require transfer of copyright. Instead, PUL only asks the non-exclusive rights to reproduce, translate (to any medium or format for the purpose of preservation without changing the content), and/or distribute content worldwide in electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or video. These rights do not include the right to sell the content or sell access to the content. 

The editorial board is fully liable and responsible for the copyright management of the publication and indemnifies and holds harmless PUL from and against any and all third party claims, liability, suits, losses, damages, judgments, and legal actions arising from the content or the dissemination of the content.