Answer: City of Hope is currently not a member institution of Nucleic Acids Research, and therefore City of Hope authors submitting their manuscript to NAR are unable to get the discounted rate on the publication charges.
Each year, Library Services reviews the potential return on investment (ROI) of several open access institutional memberships, including PLoS, BioMed Central, and Nucleic Acids Research. Based on our most recent review, we can’t justify the cost of a Nucleic Acids Research membership. The total amount of publication charges for the number of articles published by City of Hope researchers plus the price of institutional membership doesn’t yield savings for the institution. If the number of articles published in Nucleic Acids Research continues to increase so that there is an economic benefit to becoming an institutional member, we will revisit this decision. Because of limited funds, we have to consider carefully the ROI for all purchases, including open access memberships.