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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Routes to Open Access

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Open Access options: Green and Gold

You can make your work Open Access without paying a charge. The University of Southampton supports self-archiving, also known as green (or repository) open access. If you have funding, please check the Open access policies of your funder/s

You publish in a subscription journal and self-archive a copy of your article in Pure. The Pure record feeds your University publications page and ePrints Soton, our institutional repository.  You may find that your publisher will allow you to upload your Accepted Manuscript (the version incorporating changes from peer review but without the final publisher layout) but not the final published article (known as the Version of Record). They may also require an embargo meaning that your article is not immediately open access.


Your article is made open access on the journal website as soon as it is published. The publisher may charge an Article Processing Charge (APC) which can cost up to £4000. Gold open access is encouraged by some funders.

Open Access at the University of Southampton

Self-archiving the Accepted Manuscript of your article in Pure within 3 months of acceptance meets the REF 2021 Open Access criteria and the University of Southampton Open Access policy.

Our REF 2021 page has further information about the policy including details of embargoes and exceptions.

Funders across the world recognise the importance of open access to journal articles and increasingly open science in general - this includes Arts & the Humanities and goes beyond articles to monographs, data and code.This is an exciting time and we will keep you informed of new developments, including details of Plan S and other funder initiatives.

Make my work Open Access

Gold (Publisher) Open Access  Green (Repository) Open Access
My funder requires Publisher (Gold) Open Access or I have funds to pay an Open Access fee (Article Processing Charge, APC) My funder does not require Publisher (Gold) Open Access, or I have no funds to make my work Open Access
Check that your chosen journal allows the Creative Commons licence required by your funder Check that your chosen journal allows repository Open Access (also called self-archiving or Green Open Access)
Check if we have any institutional discounts for your publisher Upload your Accepted Manuscript to Pure on acceptance; your article will be openly available from our institutional repository (after an embargo period if this is required by the publisher)
Upload your Accepted Manuscript to Pure on acceptance to meet REF policy.  Researchers can find the repository version of your article via Google Scholar or tools including Unpaywall


Publisher discounts and memberships

The University is currently negotiating a new deal with Wiley, the platform for AGU journals. Please email 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 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

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 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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UKRI and  the Charities Open Access Fund (including the Wellcome Trust) 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.

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.