Funding for ‘Gold’ Open Access – Article Processing Charges

When publishing ‘gold’ Open Access, publishers usually request an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover publication costs.

The Library has transformative agreements, also known as “read and publish” agreements with some publishers.  These agreements cover both subscription payments (the “read” element) and article processing charges (the “publish” element).  They enable SHU authors to publish Gold Open Access without further fees in journals that are part of the agreements (eligibility criteria apply).

If the journal you wish to publish in is not covered by one of these transformative agreements, the library has other agreements that entitle SHU authors to discounts on the cost of ‘Gold’ Open Access.  Details of all the publisher agreements are below along with eligibility criteria.

Where Article Processing Charges are not  covered by a transformative agreement and a full or a discounted APC will be charged, there may be funding available to you from one of these routes:

Your grant or funding body

Funding to pay for Open Access publication may be included in your individual research grant or there may be general Open Access funds available from your funding body (such as from NIHR).

The SHU Open Access fund

If there is a justifiable need for your research to be Open Access, the SHU Open Access Fund is available to support ‘Gold’ Open Access publication of research from SHU authors.

UKRI Block Grant

The University no longer receives a UKRI (formerly RCUK) Block Grant.  If your research is supported by the UKRI, please see our page on Funder Open Access requirements for more details about their requirements .  Requests for Gold Open Access should be made from the SHU Open Access fund.

 


You can request funding for Gold Open Access from the SHU Open Access Fund using the form at the link below.

Form – Request for Gold Open Access support

Please apply before submitting your article as support cannot be guaranteed.

Given the limits to resources, both the research and the journal you wish to submit your work to must meet certain quality criteria to be eligible for funding for ‘Gold’ Open Access from the SHU Open Access Fund.  Part of the approval process will usually be an assessment by the appropriate Unit of Assessment Co-ordinator.

Please note that if you are application is approved, but you paper is unfortunately not accepted in the journal included in your application, you will need to reapply for approval if you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open Access in an alternative journal.


Publisher Agreements

The agreements that the library has with publishers which reduce or eliminate the costs of ‘Gold’ Open Access are listed below.  Please check the details of the deal as many have restrictions on the journals that are included, types of articles that are eligible, etc.  If you are unsure if a deal will apply to your research or chosen journal, please contact the Library Research Support Team (Email: library-research-support@shu.ac.uk)

American Chemical Society / ACS Publications
Agreement What you need to do
This agreement provides tokens which cover the costs of Gold Open Access publication in ACS Publications journals for SHU corresponding authors

After all the tokens have been used, the full costs will be charged.

There is no need to apply for funding.

Email the Library Research Support Team to ask them to assign a token to you.

On submission of your article, select Sheffield Hallam University as your institution and use your SHU email address.

On acceptance of your article you will receive an Open Access email from ACS.  If you have been informed that a token is available to you, choose the option to ‘Seek funding from Sheffield Hallam University‘.

BioMed Central
Agreement What you need to do
Articles from SHU corresponding authors receive a 10% discount in BioMed Central. Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access, you will need a code to submit your article to Biomed Central.  This will be supplied by the Library Research Support team.

BMJ journals
Agreement What you need to do
Open Access fees are covered by the agreement for SHU corresponding authors publishing funded research (see eligible funders below) in any of  the eligible journals (see list below).   Please check your research meets the following criteria :

  • a SHU author must be the corresponding author.
  • the research must be funded by the UKRI, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis only.
  • you must be publishing in one of the eligible journals.  To see the BMJ journal titles that are covered, please check on the BMJ UK agreement website.
  • eligible articles are original research articles only.
There is no need to apply for support.

You must clearly state your affiliation with SHU in your manuscript.

For BMJ journals not covered by this agreement (which includes BMJ Open) or for research not funded by one of funders listed above, the full APC is payable. Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article. To apply, please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support
Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Agreement What you need to do
SHU corresponding authors can publish Gold Open Access within  hybrid and fully open access journals in the  CUP Complete Journals Collections (this is not all CUP journals).

A list of the journals included in the deal is on the CUP OA agreement – JISC UK webpage.

Your article must be an eligible article type.  These are: Research, Review Articles and Rapid Communications (RRR), Brief Report and Case Reports article types.

You must use your SHU institutional address and email address when submitting your article.

CUP will email you ask you on acceptance to let you know that you are eligible to make your article Open Access at no cost to you.

To take advantage of this they will send you a link to a form ‘Convert your article to Open Access’ which you need to complete and which will require you to select a Creative Commons licence to apply to your work.

For CUP journals not covered by this deal, the full APC is payable. Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article. To apply, please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support
De Gruyter
Agreement What you need to do
Articles from SHU corresponding authors receive a 20% discount in hybrid and fully open access journals from De Gruyter

 

Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply for funding fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support.

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access,  you will need to do the following:

Upon acceptance of your article, you will need to request that your article is made Open Access and ensure that the discount is applied to the cost.  Please see this page from DeGruyter for more information about how to do this.

Frontiers
Agreement What you need to do
SHU corresponding authors receive a 5% discount on the cost of publishing Open Access in Frontiers journals

 

Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To be eligible to submit your article to Frontiers, please apply for support by filling out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support.

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access, please do the following:
When submitting your article, please  select Sheffield Hallam University as the institutional  payer and  make sure that you use your SHU email address.

IET - Institution of Engineering and Technology
Agreement What you need to do
IET journals are moving to being fully Gold Open Access from January 2021 and are becoming part of the Wiley deal.

 

 Please see ‘Wiley’ below.
IGI Global: InfoSci Journals
Agreement What you need to do
SHU authors can publish Open Access in IGI Global InfoSci Journals on a waiver system.

There are a limited number of waivers.  After these have been used, Open Access costs will need to be paid.

The SHU author does not need to be the corresponding author.

There is no need to apply for funding.

Email the Library Research Support Team to ask them to assign a waiver to you.

Please make sure your affiliation is clearly given as Sheffield Hallam University when your submit your publication.

On acceptance of your article, IGI Global will contact you and offer you the option of publishing Gold Open Access.  You will need to accept the offer.

More details are at: Open Access publishing at IGI Global

IMechE - Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Agreement What you need to do
Some IMechE journals are part of the Sage deal.

 

 Please see ‘Sage’ below.
IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics)
Agreement What you need to do
SHU corresponding authors can publish Gold Open Access in eligible hybrid journals from the IOP without charge.

Eligible journals for SHU authors are in Lists A and B only on the IOP Eligible journals webpage.

This deal applies to primary research articles, reviews, letters, papers and special issue articles.

Further details are available on the IOP OA for the UK page.

There is no need to apply for funding if you intend to publish in an eligible journal.

When you submit your article please supply your affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article itself.

IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles.

  • If your article is identified you will be notified during the peer-review process or shortly after acceptance, and your paper will automatically be opted in to open access.
  • You will be asked to agree to the CC-BY open access license.
The full costs need to be paid in IOP journals not covered by this agreement. Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply for funding fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support

MDPI
Agreement What you need to do
Articles from SHU  authors receive a 10% discount in MDPI open access journals as part of the ‘Institutional Open Access Program’ Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply for funding , please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access, please do the following:

Please use your SHU email address when submitting your paper.

Open Library of Humanities
Agreement What you need to do
The Open Library of Humanities does not charge fees to any authors for publishing Open Access in OLH journals. The costs are paid by a consortium of supporters which includes SHU. No funding is required and you do not need to do anything in order to publish free with OLH.
PLOS
Agreement What you need to do
SHU Library has an agreement with PLOS which streamlines the payment process for SHU corresponding authors publishing in PLOS journals, but does not include any discount.

The full APC cost is payable.

Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply for funding , please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support

Rockefeller University Press
Agreement What you need to do
SHU Corresponding authors can publish Open Access under a CC-BY licence in the three Rockefeller University Press hybrid journals. Please make sure your affiliation is clear when you submit your article.
Royal College of Nursing - RCNi
Agreement What you need to do
SHU corresponding authors receive a £200 discount on the cost of publishing Open Access in RCNi journals. This reduces the APCs in these RCNi journals from £1000 +VAT to £800 +VAT

RCNi Open Access FAQs

Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please complete the form: Request for Gold Open Access support.

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access, please do the following:

When submitting your article, it is advisable to make sure that your affiliation is Sheffield Hallam University and that you use your SHU email address. You will be asked to indicate that you would like to pay for providing free access to your article online when your paper is accepted for publication.

Royal Society of Chemistry
Agreement What you need to do
Hybrid journals

SHU corresponding authors can publish ‘Gold’ Open Access in hybrid journals  from the RSC without the need to pay an article processing charge.

There are a limited number of tokens to cover this. Costs need to be paid once these have been used

 

There is no need to apply for funding.

Email the Library Research Support Team to ask them to assign a token to you.

When you have approval and are ready to submit:

  • Double-check that you are listed as the corresponding author, both in  the RSC online submission system and in your manuscript
  • Use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript (this helps RSC to identify you)
  • State your institute affiliation and email address in your manuscript and make sure this remains the same, even after submission

On acceptance:

  • Do not sign the standard licence to publish; upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be able to choose and sign the CC BY or CC BY-NC open access licence.
Fully Open Access journals

This agreement does not apply to fully gold open access journals and the full cost is payable.

Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please complete the form: Request for Gold Open Access support.

Royal Society of Medicine
Agreement What you need to do
Some Royal Society of Medicine journals are part of the Sage deal.

 

Please see ‘Sage’ below.
Sage
Agreement What you need to do
Sage Choice (selected hybrid journals)

SHU corresponding authors publishing an article in subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection, which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access, without paying an article processing charge.

Please note there are some subscription journals from Sage that do not offer the Sage Choice option.

Find out more about the Sage agreement.

There is no need to apply for funding.

On submission, you MUST choose Sheffield Hallam University from the institutional affiliation drop down list and use your institutional email address.

As soon as your accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department, SAGE will contact you to use the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer of free Open Access.  You will need to accept the offer within 2 weeks.

Sage Fully Open Access journals

Corresponding authors publishing an article in Sage fully open access journals are entitled to a 20% discount. Click here for the participating Gold journal title list.

Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support

Springer
Agreement What you need to do
Springer Open Choice (selected hybrid journals)

Articles from SHU corresponding authors that are publishing in most Springer hybrid journals offering the Open Choice option, can be made available via ‘gold’ Open Access. A list of the eligible hybrid journals  is available on the OA agreement for UK authors site.  From January 2021 this list includes additional journals – the academic journals on nature.com.

The following article types are covered: original paper/research paper, review paper , brief communication, continuing education.

Please note that some Springer  journals offering the Open Choice option are not included. Nature Research, Palgrave and some other journals are NOT covered. If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in a Springer  journal not covered by this agreement, please apply for funding for the full APC.

There is no need to request financial support to publish Open Access in one of the eligible journals offering the Open Choice option, this is free to SHU corresponding authors.

In order to take advantage of this agreement, please make sure your institutional affiliation is clear and you are advised to use your University email address.

From June 2019 the default position will be that SHU corresponding authors will be published Open Access in eligible journals.

Springer Open (fully open access journals)

SHU corresponding authors receive a 10% discount when publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access in SpringerOpen Journals.

Please note that Nature Research, Palgrave and some other journals are NOT covered. If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in a Springer  journal not covered by this deal, please apply for funding for the full APC.

Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please fill out the form Request for Gold Open Access support

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access, you will need a code to submit your article to Springer.  This will be supplied by the Library Research Support team.

Taylor & Francis
Agreement What you need to do
Articles from SHU corresponding authors that are accepted in Hybrid  (Open Select) journals can be published as Gold Open Access with no additional cost. Only original research papers are covered by the agreement. Articles which are not original research papers, such as editorials, announcements, and book reviews, are not covered.

The Taylor and Francis open access journal finder can be used to find our if your chosen journal is Open Select and which licences are available.

There is no need to apply for funding if you intend to publish in an eligible journal.

In order to take advantage of this agreement, please make sure your institutional affiliation is clear and use your University email address.

On acceptance of your article, you may be asked to choose a Creative Commons licence, CC BY-NC-ND or CC BY.  See below for more information about these licences.

Taylor & Francis ‘Fully Open Access’ journals are not covered by this deal and the full APC is payable.  Please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support

Wiley
Agreement What you need to do
This agreement, covers the cost of article processing charges in Wiley journals and applies to articles by SHU corresponding authors  and to research and review articles.
Letters and editorials, etc. are excluded.

For dates from 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021 inclusive, there are additional eligibility restrictions based on original research funder. The research must have been funded by the UKRI or one of the charities that were part of COAF. For more information please see the information about the OA agreement between Wiley and UK Institutions.

For research by SHU corresponding authors that does not meet the funder eligibility requirements, a 25% discount on the cost of the APC is available with the use of a discount promo code.

There is no need to apply for funding support if your research and article meets the eligibility requirements to cover the full costs.

If the article processing charge is not covered in full by this agreement, please apply for funding to cover the cost before submitting your article.  On approval of your request the discount code will be provided.

To apply, please fill out the form: Request for Gold Open Access support

Please note that if you wish to publish Gold Open Access in a journal not covered by one of these agreements or with a publisher not listed here, please apply for funding to cover the whole cost of publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access.


Gold open access usually means a Creative Commons License

If you publish your work in a ‘Gold’ Open Access journal, your research will usually be distributed under the terms of one of the Creative Commons Licenses.  This is used to grant certain permissions to the readers of your work.

Your funder may require your work to be distributed under a particular Creative Commons licence (see: Funder Open access requirements).  For example,