Funding for ‘Gold’ Open Access – Article Processing Charges

When publishing ‘gold’ Open Access, publishers may request an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover publication costs. If there is a justifiable need for your research to be ‘gold’ Open Access, there may be different funding routes available to you:

  • your individual research grant
  • general Open Access funds from your funding body (such as from NIHR)
  • the UKRI block grant for all Research Council funded projects
  • the SHU Open Access Fund

You can request funding for Gold Open Access by completing the form below:

I request support for Gold Open Access

 

Please note the arrangements we have with some publishers (details below) that may reduce or eliminate the costs of ‘Gold’ Open Access.

Gold open access arrangements with publishers

The University has arrangements in place with a number of publishers that may reduce or eliminate the costs of
‘gold’ Open Access article processing charges (APCs).

You can apply for funding to cover the whole cost of publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access.  Please ensure you have the funding approved before committing to publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access.

Publisher Arrangement What you need to do
BioMed Central Articles from SHU corresponding authors receive a 10% discount in BioMed Central. To apply – Please fill out the formI request support for Gold Open Access“. There is an option on the form to apply for funding based on the best fit journal for your research being an Open Access-only journal in which you cannot publish without paying an APC.  This includes the journals published by BioMed Central.

After approval – When you are submitting your article to BioMed Central, you will need a code which will be supplied by the Library Research Support team on approval for funding.

Royal Society of Chemistry SHU authors receive a 15% discount on article processing charges when publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access in hybrid journals  from the RSC.  The discount does not apply to fully gold open access journals; Chemical Science, Nanoscale Advances and RSC Advances. All other RSC journals are hybrid. To apply – Please fill out the form  “I request support for Gold Open Access

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

Sage SHU authors pay a reduced article processing charge of £200+VAT when publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access with Sage.  This applies to titles in the Sage Choice Scheme and Sage Premier 2018.If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in a Sage journal not covered by this, deal please apply for funding for the full APC. To apply – Please fill out the form “I request support for Gold Open Access“.  There is an option on the form to apply based on this deal.

After approval – To obtain the reduced rate, please indicate that you are entitled to the reduction by entering the code NESLi2017 in the ‘University/Institution Account Code’ field when initially applying for the SAGE Choice option. Return the SAGE Choice Invoice Template to the relevant email address at SAGE as instructed on the form.  The discount cannot be applied retrospectively so please make sure you use the code.

Springer Open Choice 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.

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

Please note that 30 Springer  journals offering the Open Choice option are not included. If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in an  journal not covered by this deal, please apply for funding for the full APC.

Please note that Nature Research, Palgrave and Springer Nature journals are not covered by this special arrangement.

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 arrangement, please make sure your institutional affiliation is clear when you submit your article and you are advised to use your University email address.

Once your article is accepted, you will also need to specify the Open Choice option and agree to the open access terms.

 

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

Please note that Nature Research, Palgrave and Springer Nature are not covered by the Library’s special arrangements.

To apply – Please fill out the formI request support for Gold Open Access“. There is an option on the form to apply for funding based on the best fit journal for your research being an Open Access-only journal such as the Springer Open journals.

After approval – When you are submitting your article to a Springer Open journal, you will need a code which will be supplied by the Library Research Support team on approval for funding.

Taylor & Francis SHU authors pay a reduced article processing charge of £498+VAT when publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access in eligible Taylor & Francis hybrid journals:

Eligible journals are those offering the Open Select option in eligible collections.  The T&F Open Access options list can be used to find if your journal offers the Open Select option.   The journal must also be part of the Science & technology collection or the Social science  & humanities collection.

Open Select journals in the medical collection are not eligible and a full APC is payable.

Taylor & Francis ‘Fully Open’ journals are not covered by this deal and the full APC is payable.

If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in a Taylor & Francis journal not covered by this deal, please apply for funding for the full APC.

To apply – Please fill out the form “I request support for Gold Open Access“.  There is an option on the form to apply based on this deal.

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

 

Some funders (such as NIHR) have their own agreements with publishers.

The UKRI (formerly RCUK) Block Grant

All peer-reviewed research articles arising from research funded by one of the 7 Research Councils and published in academic journals or conference proceedings must be made Open Access.  Please see our page on Funder Open Access requirements for more details about the requirements and the ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ options.  The University receives money from the UKRI to support ‘Gold’ Open Access and you can apply by completing the form “I request support for Gold Open Access” and sending it to the Library Research Support Team as directed on the form.

The SHU Open Access Fund

The SHU Open Access Fund is available to support ‘Gold’ Open Access publication of research from SHU authors.

Please apply by completing the form “I request support for Gold Open Access” and sending it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator or to the Library Research Support Team as directed on the form.

Application criteria

You can apply for funding to kick-start your research career, or to support Open Access for your research output for other reasons.

Criteria under which you can make a case include:

  • your research is funded by UKRI (previously RCUK).
  • your article is to be submitted to a journal published by Sage or Taylor & Francis which offers substantially reduced APCs for SHU authors.
  • career kick start for early career researchers and maternity, adoption and/or parental leave returners.
  • your work is likely to contribute to the next REF submission.
  • the best fit journal for your research is an Open-Access-only journal
  • the research findings are likely to be high profile or impactful in terms of news coverage and public interest.
  • your research output aligns with the UK Global Challenges Research Fund or the UK Industrial Strategy.
  • your research output is a monograph or monograph chapter.

More details are on the application form.

Given the limits to our 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.  If you are applying under the ‘Career kick-start’ or under the REF criteria, part of the approval process will be an assessment by the appropriate Unit of Assessment Co-ordinator.  Please see the application form for more details.

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 to publish ‘Gold’ Open Access in an alternative journal.

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 a Creative Commons License.  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, if you have Research Council funding, your work must be published with a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY).  Please contact the Library Research Support Team (library-research-support@shu.ac.uk) if you are unsure of your funder requirements.

Some journals charge an additional or higher fee for publishing under a CC-BY licence. If you are requesting support for gold Open Access via your Unit of Assessment Coordinator and your funder requires your work to be distributed under a CC-BY licence, you can include any additional charge for this in your application.

Checking the trustworthiness of journals

It is important to be aware that some journals and publishers operate an exploitative business model (sometimes known as ‘predatory’) by charging Article Processing Charges without providing proper editorial and publishing services, such as peer review.  The journals therefore lack academic rigour and credibility.

We recommend that you check that any journal is trustworthy and high quality, before submitting your work.

  • the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists reputable Open Access journals.
  • have a look at our pages on how to check the trustworthiness of a journal.
  • discuss it with your supervisor or with the Library Research Support Team.