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Library Research Support

Funding for 'Gold' Open Access - Article Processing Charges

Gold Open Access is publishing in a journal that provides immediate Open Access to the published version of your work on the publisher’s website. When you publish Gold Open Access, publishers usually request an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover publication costs. 

There are agreements and funding available to cover these costs:

  • The Library has "read and publish” agreements (also known as transformative 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). The negotiations for these agreements, are usually undertaken on behalf of UK universities by JISC Collections. Details of these read and publish agreements can be found below.
  • Where Article Processing Charges are not covered by an agreement, there may be funding available to you from one of these routes: your grant of funding body, the SHU Open Access Fund or the UKRI block grant. 

Read and Publish Agreements

The read and publish and other agreements below cover the cost of publishing Gold Open Access for SHU corresponding authors. 

Please check the details of the agreement or interest,  as many have restrictions on the journals that are included, types of articles that are eligible, funder, etc.  If you are unsure if a deal will apply to your research output or to your 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

SHU corresponding authors can publish Gold Open Access in Hybrid and Fully OA journals within ACS Web Editions.  This includes ACS Omega, JACS Au, the ACS Au collection, and all ACS hybrid journals.

This agreement applies to research articles only. Additions, corrections and editorials are not eligible.

On submission you must be the corresponding author and must indicate your institution as Sheffield Hallam University using the dropdown menu during the online manuscript submission process.  Please also use your SHU email address.

On acceptance of your article you will receive an email invitation from ACS to enter the Journal Publishing Agreement (JPA) Tool.  In this tool, choose the option "I wish to publish Open Access as per the agreement".

Licences offered: CC BY

Ends: 31st December 2024

American Physiological Society

Agreement What you need to do

SHU corresponding authors can publish Gold Open Access in the 12 hybrid peer reviewed journals published by the American Physiological Society (APS) at no further cost.  A list of the journals covered is below.

  • AJP – Cell Physiology
  • AJP – Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • AJP – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
  • AJP – Heart and Circulatory Physiology
  • AJP – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • AJP– Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology
  • AJP– Renal Physiology
  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Neurophysiology
  • Physiological Genomics
  • Physiological Reviews
  • Physiology

Full costs are payable in other American Physiological Society journals.

On submission to one of the included journals, please make sure that your SHU affiliation is clear following the instructions in the submission Information for Authors at Participating Read, Publish & Join Institutions.

APS will automatically identify that your article is eligible based on your institutional affiliation, when this is entered following the instructions above. Upon acceptance of your manuscript with APS, they will contact you about making your article Open Access without charges.

 

 

Licences available: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ends: 31st Dec 2022

BMJ Journals

Agreement What do 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 (MRC, EPSRC, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, STFC, Innovate UK, Research England),  British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, Versus Arthritis or the Wellcome Trust.
  • 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.

Full costs are payable if the eligibility requirements are not met and in journals not covered by this deal.

Please check the eligibility requirements

You must clearly state your affiliation with SHU in your submission and you must use your SHU email address.

Licences available: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ends: 31st Dec 2022

Cambridge University Press

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.

Full costs are payable in CUP journals not covered by this deal and if your article does not meet the eligibility requirements.

Please check the eligibility requirments.

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.

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.

Licences offered: A choice of Creative Commons licenses is offered including CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ends: 31st Dec 2024

Elsevier

Agreement What do you need to do

This agreement enables SHU submitting corresponding authors to publish Gold Open Access in eligible hybrid journals from Elsevier and eligible hybrid titles in the Cell Press and The Lancet journal collections. The journals that are covered can be found on this page: Elsevier journals participating in the agreement.

Research and Review article types are covered.  

The agreement does not apply to fully Open Access journals.  

The agreement does not cover any submission fee, page charges or colour charges.

Find out more about the Elsevier-UK Institutions Agreement.

Place make sure your SHU affiliation is clear and use your SHU email address when submitting.

Once your article has been accepted for publication in a participating journal, you will receive an email containing a link to the “post-acceptance author journey”. Upon selecting your publishing options, your affiliation will be validated, and you will be informed if the APC will be covered by the agreement.

Licences offered: All Elsevier-owned journals included in the agreement support a CC-BY license choice.  A small number of third party owned journals included in the agreement do not offer a CC-BY license.

Ends: 31st December 2024

IET - Institution of Engineering and Technology

Agreement 

What do you need to do

IET journals are part of the Wiley deal.

Please see ‘Wiley and IET' below.

IGI Global: InfoSci Journals

Agreement What do 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.

IGI Global's Open Access (Fee Waiver) read and publish initiative.

Email the Library Research Support Team to ask them if waivers are still available.

Please make sure your affiliation is clearly given as Sheffield Hallam University when you submit your publication. It is advisable to use your SHU email address as well.

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.

Licences offered: CC BY

IMechE - Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Agreement What do you need to do

Some IMechE journals are part of the Sage Choice deal.

Please see ‘Sage Choice' 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.

Full costs are payable if the eligibility requirements are not met and in journals not covered by this deal.

Please check the eligibility requirements.

When submitting 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 open access license.

Licences offered: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ends: 31st Dec 2023

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 Open Library of Humanities.

Licences offered: Please check the options offered by your chosen journal

Rockerfeller University Press

Agreement What you need to do

SHU Corresponding authors can publish Open Access under a CC-BY license in the three Rockefeller University Press hybrid journals.

Find out more on the Read-and-Publish Agreements with RUP Journals page

Please make sure your affiliation is clear when you submit your article.

Licence offered:  CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ends: 31st Dec 2023

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Agreement What you need to do

This agreement enables SHU submitting corresponding authors to publish Gold Open Access in RSC hybrid journals with no additional costs.

Peer reviewed articles are eligible for publication in this agreement fall into three main types: full papers, communications, and reviews. Editorials and corrections are not covered under this agreement.

To ensure that you are identified as eligible for this agreement by the RSC, please do the following:

  • make sure you are the corresponding author as designated in the author submission workflow and in your manuscript.
  • You must use your official SHU email address.

On acceptance of your article, choose the Gold Open Access publishing route.  You will then be asked to select a licence. 

Licences offered:  CY BY or CC BY-NC

Ends: 31st December 2024

Royal Society of Medicine

Agreement

What you need to do

Some Royal Society of Medicine journals are part of the Sage Choice deal.

Please see ‘Sage Choice’ below.

Sage Choice

Agreement

What you need to do

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.

Sage fully Open Access journals are not covered by this agreement and costs are payable.  Please see the 'Other publisher agreements' section for more information.

Please check that you are submitting to an eligible journal.

On submission, you must make sure your Sheffield Hallam University institutional affiliation is clear and use your institutional email address.

As soon as your accepted article has been received by 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.

Licence offered: A choice of Creative Commons licence is offered, including CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ends: 31st Dec 2022

Springer Open Choice (selected hybrid journals)

Agreement What you need to do

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 some Springer journals offering the Open Choice option are NOT included. 

Nature Research, Palgrave and some other journals are NOT covered.

Springer fully Open Access journals are not covered by this agreement and costs are payable.  Please see the 'Other publisher agreements' section for more information.

Please check the eligibility requirements.

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.

Licences offered: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Ends: 31st Dec 2022

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 (article, review, research article, review article, report, short communication, case report, note, original article, guest editorial). Articles that 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 out if your chosen journal is Open Select.

There is more information about this agreement on the Taylor and Francis transformative agreement page.

Full costs are payable in Taylor & Francis journals not covered by this deal and if your article does not meet the eligibility requirements.

Please check that the journal you intend to publish in offers the Open Select option and that the eligibility requirements are met.

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

 

Licence options: Journals offer different choices, commonly CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) or CC BY-NC-ND (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Check which licenses your chosen journal offers using the Taylor and Francis open access journal finder.

Ends: 31st Dec 2023

Wiley and IET

Agreement

What you need to do

This agreement, covers the cost of article processing charges in Wiley and IET journals and applies to articles by SHU corresponding authors who must be the "responsible corresponding author" and to primary research and review articles. Please note that letters and editorials, etc. are excluded.

Lists of the fully Gold Open Access and hybrid journals covered by the deal are available on the Wiley Open access agreement for authors at eligible UK institutions pages.

Please check that your work meets the eligibility requirements.

To publish in Wiley or IET fully gold Open Access journals that are part of the deal (view journal list) follow these instructions.

To publish in any of Wiley's hybrid (subscription) journals that offer open access (view journal list) follow these instructions.

Ends: 31st Dec 2023

Applying for funding

If the journal you wish to publish in is not covered by one of the read and publish deals above and charges an article processing charge to publish Gold Open Access,  you can request funding for Gold Open Access using the form at the link below.

Please apply before submitting your article to your chosen journal, as support cannot be guaranteed.

There is a list  below of agreements that may enable you to receive a discount on the cost. 

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, please notify the Library Research Support Team.  If there is an increased cost, this may need to go through the approval process.

Publisher discounts

The agreements below reduce the cost and/or streamline the processes of publishing Gold Open Access.   If you are unsure if an agreement will apply to your research or chosen journal, please contact the Library Research Support Team (Email: library-research-support@shu.ac.uk).

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

BioMed Central

Discount What you need to do

Articles from SHU corresponding authors receive a 10% discount in BioMed Central journals, when payment is made through the SHU Open Access Fund.

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 enable the 10% discount to be applied.  The code will be supplied by the Library Research Support team.

Elsevier fully Open Access journals

Discount

What you need to do

SHU corresponding authors publishing an article in Elsevier fully open access journals are entitled to a 15% discount when the costs are paid through the SHU Open Access Fund.

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, please make sure your SHU affiliation is clear and use your SHU email address, so you can be identified as being entitled to the discount.

Frontiers

Discount

What do you need to do

SHU corresponding authors receive a 5% discount on the cost of publishing Open Access in Frontiers journals when payment is made through the SHU Open Access Fund.

Eligibility is based on an approved application for support to cover the rest of the cost.

Please apply for support to cover the cost before submitting your article, by completing 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 to ensure that the discount is applied.

  • When submitting your article, please select Sheffield Hallam University as the institutional payer 
  • Please use your SHU email address.

MDPI

Discount 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 make sure your SHU affiliation is clear, so you can be identified as being entitled to the discount.

PLOS

Streamlined process

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.

If you have received approval of your funding application and confirmation that you can go ahead with Gold Open Access, please make sure your SHU affiliation is clear.  This will enable PLOS to identify that the streamlined payment process should apply.

Policy Press / Bristol University Press

Discount What you need to do

Articles from SHU authors receive a 20% discount, when payment is made by SHU.

Details are on the BUP Open Access options for journals page.

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, please make sure your SHU affiliation is clear, so you can be identified as being entitled to the discount.

Royal College of Nursing - RCNi

Discount 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, make sure that your Sheffield Hallam University affiliation is clear and it is advisable to use your SHU email address.

When your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to indicate that you would like to pay for providing free access to your article online.

Sage Fully Open Access journals

Discount

What you need to do

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

Find out more about the Sage agreement.

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, please make sure your SHU affiliation is clear, so you can be identified as being entitled to the discount.

 

Springer Open (fully Open Access journals)

Discount What you need to do

SHU corresponding authors receive a 10% discount when publishing ‘Gold’ Open Access in SpringerOpen Journals and payment is made through the SHU Open Access Fund.

Please note that the full costs are payable in Nature Research, Palgrave, and some other journals.

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 enable the 10% discount to be applied.  The code will be supplied by the Library Research Support team.

Gold Open Access and Creative Commons Licences

If you publish your work as ‘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 publisher may offer several licences for you to choose from.  Find out about each of the Creative Commons Licenses.

Your funder may require your work to be distributed under a particular Creative Commons licence.  Please check your funder's requirements.   You may find this page about Funder Open access requirements helpful.