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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Do I have to pay for Open Access?

UKRI Authors: applying for Open Access costs

Applying for payment of open access costs (Article Processing Charges, APCs) for journal articles acknowledging UKRI funding (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC).

From 1st March 2020 we can accept applications for open access costs from our new UKRI block grant. This includes:

  • articles to be published in fully open access journals with a CC BY licence
  • articles to be published as open access in subscription journals (‘hybrid’ journals) with a CC BY licence where the publisher embargo period for self-archiving in Pure (repository open access) is longer than your funder requirements (6 months for BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC; 12 months for AHRC and ESRC)

Please apply online to the UKRI block grant, managed by the Library, at the point of submission rather than acceptance. This enables eligibility to be checked prior to costs being incurred.

  • Applications for APCs must be made using the online form.  If the application is approved, the provisional offer will stand for 6 months, and can be extended if the paper is still undergoing the review process.
  • We cannot accept applications for page, colour, cover charges or any extra publication charges not related to open access.

APC Application Form

Please contact eprints@soton.ac.uk with any open access enquiries.

Information updated 2nd March 2020

Charities Open Access Fund: applying for Open Access costs

The Charities Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between six health research charities to enable free and unrestricted access to the published outputs of the research they support:

If your research acknowledges funding from any of the COAF charities you can apply to our block grant for payment of open access costs providing the journal offers a CC BY licence.

Please apply online to the grant, managed by the Library, at the point of submission rather than acceptance. This enables eligibility to be checked prior to costs being incurred.

  • Applications for APCs must be made using the online form.  If the application is approved, the provisional offer will stand for 6 months, and can be extended if the paper is still undergoing the review process.
  • We cannot accept applications for page, colour, cover charges or any extra publication charges not related to open access.

APC Application Form

 

Please contact eprints@soton.ac.uk with any open access enquiries.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge to the author to upload a permitted version of their article into a subject or institutional repository.

If you would like to publish in a journal that will make your article immediately available online, publishers may charge an Article Processing Charge (APC). The cost of this varies depending on the journal. UKRI states that the average cost of an fully open access APC in 2017 was  £1654. However the average cost  of APCs in hybrid journals was £2101.

Licences

UKRI and Wellcome expect all articles published as Open Access in journals to have a CC BY licence. If you are uploading an article into a subject or institutional repository, you need to have the equivalent of a CC-BY-NC licence.

Useful links

No funding for Open Access?

We do not have open access funds available for authors without UKRI/COAF funding; the University of Southampton supports open access via self-archiving your Accepted Manuscript in Pure. However:

For other subscription journals authors should choose a standard publication licence, and then deposit the accepted manuscript in Pure for repository ('green') open access.

 

Please contact eprints@soton.ac.uk with any open access enquiries.

Publisher discounts and memberships

The University is currently negotiating a new deal with Wiley, the platform for AGU journals. Please email eprints@soton.ac.uk for details.

You can claim a 25% discount on APCs (not additional publication charges such as page or colour charges).If you are self-funded but would like to claim the 25% discount, please complete our APC request form including your sub-project code. We will liaise with Wiley to ensure the discount is applied.

American Chemical Society –  ACS Personal members receive a discount. We do not have an institutional discount

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – reduction in APC for members (US$ 1500 instead of US$ 2000)

20% discount on APCs for all De Gruyter journals for corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Southampton. Please see this De Gruyter page for details of how to apply the discount. 

Free open access publishing for University of Southampton corresponding authors in selected IOP Publishing subscription journals. Included in the agreement are all subscription journals owned by IOP Publishing, which offer a hybrid open access option. In addition, the agreement also includes selected journals which are published by IOP Publishing on behalf of their society partners - click here for a list of eligible titles. Start date: articles accepted after 01/01/2020

MDPI - authors associated with the University of Southampton receive 10% discount on APCs if they do not have a discount from another source. Term for the current deal: December 2018 to 31st December 2020. 

We would not fund an APC as the Royal Society has no embargoes. However if you would like to self-fund we receive a 25% discount on APCs 

We have a prepayment deal combined with a discounted APC of £200, meaning there is no APC to pay for all Sage journals where the corresponding author is at the University of Southampton. Please email eprints@soton.ac.uk on acceptance of your article for details of our payment code to enter on your SAGE Choice Publishing Agreement Form.

Springer Compact 

No APC fee for hybrid journals (those containing both subscription and open access articles) if you are the corresponding author. Once the article is accepted, Springer will send you a link to the MyPublication form. There you will be asked to state your affiliation, this must be University of Southampton. You will also need to agree to the open access terms. we recommend you use your institutional email address instead of your private email address; this enables Springer to better identify you as eligible under the agreement. If you have any questions about the verification process, or if you would like to check your eligibility, please contact eprints@soton.ac.uk

75% discount on APCs for Open Select titles in the Social Sciences & Humanities and Science & Technology journal collections. This should be applied automatically by Taylor & Francis. Please note that there is no discount for Medical journals.

The University is currently negotiating a new deal with Wiley. Please email eprints@soton.ac.uk for details.

You can claim a 25% discount on APCs (not additional publication charges such as page or colour charges).If you are self-funded but would like to claim the 25% discount, please complete our APC request form including your sub-project code. We will liaise with Wiley to ensure the discount is applied.

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Who pays for Article Processing Charges (APCs)?

There is a central fund to pay for articles from research funded by the UKRI councils or COAF charities. This fund only pays for articles that are funder-compliant, i.e. have a CC BY licence.  We will not any associated publication costs such as colour charges or page charges.

Authors must include funding information in the acknowledgement section of the paper. Further details about how to include this information can be found on the Research Information Network website.

If you are applying for funding from any other funding body, you may need to include the APC in your bid at the start of your research.

Please email eprints@soton.ac.uk if you have queries about payment of Article Processing Charges.

There is a separate fund for NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships or Clinical Lecturers funded through the NIHR Integrated Academic Training programme. Please see below for more info.

Applying for Article Processing Charges (APCs) - NIHR

Contact Us

For help or advice with any Open Access or ePrints Soton query:

email eprints@soton.ac.uk