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.  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 using the ‘Request for Gold Open Access support’ form below.


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

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 library has arrangements with the publishers below that reduce or eliminate the costs of ‘Gold’ Open Access. Please note that although a discount may be arranged, you must still apply for funding to pay the rest of the cost of publishing Gold Open Access.

American Chemical Society / ACS Publications
Arrangement What you need to do
There are 11 tokens for free Gold Open Access publication in ACS Publications journals available.  These are available for articles with a SHU corresponding author that are accepted in 2020. Please apply for funding before submitting your article.

To apply, please fill out the formRequest for Gold Open Access support“.

Although Gold Open Access is free, applications are required as there are a limited number of tokens.

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access, please do the following:
On submission of your article you must 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.  When requesting Open Access, choose the option to ‘Seek funding from Sheffield Hallam University‘.
BioMed Central
Arrangement What you need to do
Articles from SHU corresponding authors receive a 10% discount in BioMed Central. Please apply for funding to cover the rest of the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please fill out the formRequest 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.
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 Please apply for funding to cover the rest of the cost before submitting your article.

To apply for funding fill out the formRequest 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
Arrangement 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 rest of the cost before submitting your article.

To be eligible to submit your article to Frontiers, please apply for support by filling out the formRequest 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.
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’ Please apply for funding to cover the rest of the cost before submitting your article.

To apply for funding , please fill out the formRequest 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
Arrangement 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.
Royal College of Nursing - RCNi
Arrangement What you need to do
SHU 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 rest of the cost before submitting your article.

To apply, please complete the formRequest 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
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 ScienceNanoscale Advances and RSC Advances.  If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in an RSC journal not covered by this, deal please apply for funding for the full APC.

Please apply for funding to cover the rest of 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, please do the following:

Please make sure your institutional affiliation is clear in your submission and you are advised to use your SHU email address.

Once your article has been accepted for publication yo you will be asked if you want to select gold open access publication and you will be given a choice of open access licence.

Sage
Arrangement What you need to do
Sage Choice (selected hybrid journals)

SHU authors pay a reduced article processing charge of £200+VAT when publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access with Sage journals in the Sage Choice Scheme.

Please note there are some journals that do not offer the Sage Choice option and the discount does not apply to fully Gold Open Access  Sage journals. 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.

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

To apply, fill out the form “Request for Gold Open Access support“.  There is an option on the form to apply based on this deal.

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

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 one of these journals, 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 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.

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 journals are not covered by the Library’s special arrangements. If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in a Springer  journal not covered by these deals, please apply for funding for the full APC.

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

To apply, please fill out the formRequest 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
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. If you wish to publish ‘Gold’ Open  Access in a Taylor & Francis journal in this collection, please apply for funding for the full APC.

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.

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

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

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 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, 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 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.

  • if your chosen journal is a fully Open Access journal, check that it is in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • 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.