Our Position

Common Ground Research Networks believes firmly in the principles of open and accessible knowledge. For over 30 years we have been at the forefront of developing innovative models for scholarly communication which reflect new knowledge ecologies. Our mission has been to lower the cost of access, while sustaining the independence and resilience of our Research Networks. We have a commitment to support the research produced by our members and the livelihoods of our staff and industry within which we work.

All works published Open Access are available in one central location — Common Ground Open @ CGScholar.

The CGScholar platform is developed by the Common Ground Media Lab, the research and technology arm of Common Ground Research Networks. CGScholar is a platform that seeks to become a trusted marketplace for knowledge work, one that rigorously democratizes the process of knowledge-making, rewards participants, and offers a secure basis for the sustainable creation and distribution of digital knowledge artifacts.

Options - For Researchers

We fully support the general principles of open and accessible research and seek to work collaboratively with all stakeholders in this time of disruptive change. As always, we are open to shifting models and collaborative experimentation with researchers, authors, funding institutions, and libraries.

Open Access

CC BY-NC-ND

Single Article $250 US

Premium Open Access

CC BY

  • Creative Commons License: (CC BY 4.0)
    • Attribution 4.0 International
      • Allows archiving, distribution, and re-use, with attribution
      • Anyone may archive the article
      • Anyone may distribute the article
      • Anyone may re-use the article, including commercial use

Single Article $600 US

Open Research Membership

CC BY-NC-ND + Membership

  • Network Membership
    • Annual eBook Subscription
    • Annual eJournal Subscription
    • Event discount
    • One-time-use Author Benefit
    • + More

Single Article + Membership $425 US

Premium Open Research Membership

CC BY + Membership

  • Creative Commons License: (CC BY 4.0)
    • Attribution 4.0 International
    • Allows archiving, distribution, and re-use, with attribution
    • Anyone may archive the article
    • Anyone may distribute the article
    • Anyone may re-use the article, including commercial use
  • Network Membership
    • Annual eBook Subscription
    • Annual eJournal Subscription
    • Event Discount
    • One-time-use Author Benefit
    • + More

Single Article + Membership $700 US

Options - For Libraries and Funders

Institutional Read + Write Agreement

  • Institutions pay a set annual fee allowing the institution to read and write openly in Common Ground’s research networks.
  • Includes the open access publication of articles authored by grad-students or faculty (provided acceptance in peer review)
  • Provides subscriber access all of Common Ground’s academic content for one entire year.
  • Pricing is structured based on the institution’s size, the open access model (open access or premium open access), and the number of articles being published open access. Contact us for a price quote.

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More Choice

  • Common Ground supports three publication models, each with greater openness than the next.
  • Our Traditional Publication Model is the default method of publication. Traditional publications are classified by SHERPA/RoMEO as Yellow in the RoMEO database.
  • Our Open Access and Premium Open Access Publication Models allow archiving of the publisher's version/PDF and all versions prior.

More Freedom

  • Common Ground Open has no embargo period.
  • Authors and their supporting institutions have the power to upgrade the publication model and expand the permissions for archiving, distribution, and re-use at any time.
  • The upgrade to open access can occur in-press or post-publication.

More Access

  • Our upgraded publication models offer two types of open access publication: Open Access (CC BY-NC-ND) or Premium Open Access (CC BY). Both open access options use a Creative Commons international license. We encourage authors to visit the Creative Commons and learn about the different types of open access.
  • A detailed account of the permissions for archiving, distribution, and re-use under the terms of these three separate publication models is available in the CGScholar Knowledge Base, see Common Ground's Journal Author Rights & Permissions.

Additional Resources