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Bill and Melinda Gates foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates foundation partnership

The Gates foundation has established an institutional agreement for open access publishing with Frontiers, supporting its grantees in publishing open access by covering article processing charges (APCs).

Discover how we publish at Frontiers. If you’re ready to publish, check out our author guidelines for everything you need to know about the submission process, from choosing a journal to preparing your manuscript. 

The power of open access

As one of the world's leading open access publishers, we believe in the transformative power of open science. Articles published with us are free and permanently accessible worldwide - so anyone can benefit from the discoveries, not just a selection of researchers.

  • Your article will be freely and permanently available immediately after publication, ensuring maximum reach, impact, and visibility.

  • More scientists can read the results of your research, including the wider public unable to access the information because they lack a subscription.

  • Open access improves the quality of your research through open, transparent, and reproducible practices made available to a global audience. 

Are you a Gates foundation grantee?

As a leading open-access publisher, Frontiers works with research institutions, libraries, consortia and funders to improve support for researchers publishing open access. We work to: 

  • reduce administrative time for authors and institutions by centralizing communications and streamlining submission and payment workflows. 

  • release authors from some/all responsibility for article processing charges (APCs) - contact your institution or librarian for full details. 

  • simplify the submission process to ensure authors can submit their work quickly and easily with step-by-step support.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for funding support, grantees must :

  • Provide their Gates grant number (starting with INV- or OPP-) both in the Funding Statement during submission and in the manuscript text.

  • Ensure they include the Gates grant ID number. Funding support requests without a valid Gates grant ID number will be declined. 

For more information, please see the Gates foundation’s Open Access Policy FAQ or email

Not a Gates foundation grantee?

We collaborate with over 700 institutions across the world. If you want to join them, tell your librarian about Frontiers institutional plans - just submit our recommendation form.

To learn more about our institutional plans, visit our institutional partnerships page.