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 RCUK block grant for all Research Council funded projects
  • the SHU Open Access Fund

We also have agreements with some publishers (see below).


If you would like to request financial support for gold Open Access from the RCUK block grant or from the SHU Open Access fund, then please fill out the form “I request support for Gold Open Access” and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator.

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 Countil 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.

‘Gold’ open access arrangements with publishers

Please note that 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).

Publisher Arrangement Action
Springer and BioMed Central All articles from SHU corresponding authors that are published in Springer and BioMed Central journals can be made available via ‘gold’ Open Access Please choose the ‘gold’ route to Open Access when submitting your article – there is no need to submit a form for requesting support for ‘gold’ Open Access to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator
Royal Society of Chemistry SHU authors receive a 15% discount on article processing charges when publishing in journals from the Royal Society of Chemistry If you are considering this, then please fill out the form
I request support for Gold Open Access” and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator
Sage SHU authors pay a reduced article processing charge of £200 when publishing with Sage If you are considering this, then please fill out the form
I request support for Gold Open Access” and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator
Taylor and Francis SHU authors pay a reduced article processing charge of £450 when publishing with Taylor and Francis If you are considering this, then please fill out the form
I request support for Gold Open Access” and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator

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