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 grant of funding body

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

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 SHU Open Access Fund

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

Application criteria

You can apply for funding to kick-start your research career, to support the University’s REF submission or to support Open Access for your research output for other reasons.

Criteria under which you can make a case include:

  • 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.
  • your article is to be submitted to a journal published by Sage or Taylor & Francis which offers substantially reduced APCs for SHU authors.
  • 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.


You can request funding for Gold Open Access from the UKRI block grant or the SHU Open Access Fund by completing the form at the link below. Please ensure you have the funding approved before committing to publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access.

I request support for Gold Open Access

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 library has arrangements with the publishers below that reduce or eliminate the costs of ‘Gold’ Open Access.

American Chemical Society
Arrangement What you need to do
SHU corresponding authors are entitled to a $250 dollar discount when publishing Open Access in ACS journals which offer the ‘AuthorChoice’ option. With the discount an APC is $3,750 + VAT (+ $1000 for a CC-BY licence if required)

ACS also publish two fully Open Access journals which are not covered by this arrangement.  ‘ACS Central Science’ is subsidized by ACS and has no fees for authors ‘ACS Omega’ charges APCs at $750 + VAT.

To apply for funding:
Please fill out the formI request support for Gold Open Access“.After approval:
When arranging Open Access for your article with ACS , you will be asked to enter your institution name in the discount box.  Please make sure you enter ‘Sheffield Hallam University’ for the discount to be applied.  You will receive an additional discount if you are a personal ACS member.
BioMed Central
Arrangement What you need to do
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“.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.
De Gruyter
Arrangement What you need to do
Articles from SHU corresponding authors receive a 20% discount in hybrid and fully open access journals from De Gruyter To apply for funding to cover the cost of the APC:
Please fill out the formI request support for Gold Open Access“.After funding approval:
Upon acceptance of the 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.
Frontiers
Arrangement What you need to do
SHU corresponding authors receive a 5% discount on the cost of publishing Open Access in Frontiers journals

 

To apply for funding to cover the cost of the APC:
Please fill out the formI request support for Gold Open Access“.After funding approval:
When submitting your article, please select ‘Institutional Membership’.
MDPI
Arrangement 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’ To apply for funding to cover the cost of the APC:
Please fill out the formI request support for Gold Open Access“.After funding approval:
When submitting your article you will be asked about the ‘Institutional Open Access Program’.  Please indicate that you are entitled to the 10% discount.
Royal Society of Chemistry
Arrangement What you need to do
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 funding  approval:
In order to take advantage of this arrangement, please make sure your institutional affiliation is clear in your submission and you are advised to use your University email address.
Sage
Arrangement What you need to do
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 funding 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
Arrangement 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.

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.

After funding 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.

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

Once your article has been accepted for publication, as corresponding author you will be sent a link to the Springer ‘MyPublication’ form. To ensure rapid publication of your article, it is important to complete this form as soon as possible.

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 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 funding 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
Arrangement What you need to do
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 funding 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.

Please note that if you wish to publish in journals where there is  no agreement, or with other publishers, you can 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, 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.

  • check if the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists your chosen journal.
  • have a look at our pages on how to check the trustworthiness of a journal.
  • look at the advice from Think, Check, Submit.
  • discuss it with your supervisor or with the Library Research Support Team.