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University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)

University of Colorado Boulder partnership

The University of Colorado Boulder supports its researchers in making their research more widely available.

As part of this support, the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries have entered an institutional agreement with Frontiers. Under the terms of this agreement, eligible authors from CU Boulder may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost to the author. 

This agreement will further encourage CU Boulder authors to publish open access, enabling broader access to the results of mostly publicly funded research while reducing overall costs. 

Update December 2023: Funds for the current academic year have been exhausted. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to

Payment of publication charges by CU Boulder Libraries is pending the availability of funds. Because institutional funding under this partnership is limited, the Libraries cannot guarantee funding and publications will be approved on a case-by-case basis. CU Boulder authors with accepted articles will need to verify a need to utilize the CU Boulder institutional membership in order to receive funding.   

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 researcher at CU Boulder?

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?

Eligible authors will benefit from a streamlined invoicing process, managed directly between Frontiers and the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, relieving authors of the responsibility of payment. Furthermore, the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will benefit from a partnership discount on processing charges for articles covered by this agreement. To publish under this partnership, you need to ensure: 

  • Affiliated author must be the corresponding author

  • Corresponding author must use their CU Boulder email address.

  • "University of Colorado Boulder" is selected as the institutional payer in the invoice section of the submission form.

  • Upon acceptance of your article, you will need to provide verification of a need to utilize the funding support available.

For information on whether your article is eligible under this agreement, or if you require any further details, please visit CU Boulder’s Open Access Publishing page or contact

Not a UC Boulder-affiliated author?

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.