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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Paying for Open Access

We do not have a central institutional fund for open access payments; the University of Southampton supports open access via self-archiving your Accepted Manuscript in Pure and no-cost-to-the-author publisher memberships and agreements.​

You will fulfil the University of Southampton Open Access Policy by uploading the final, refereed, corrected, Accepted Manuscripts of all peer-reviewed journal articles and peer-reviewed conference articles to Pure at the point of acceptance for publication.

We do hold open access block grants for journal articles acknowledging UKRIWellcome Trust or Cancer Research UK. These can be used for articles submitted to fully open access journals.​ The Library does not receive a block grant from NIHR but we have included details of their policy as we know many researcher in our community are funded by them.

Our Wellcome open access block grant will come to an end on 31st March 2024, please contact if you have any questions.

UKRI | Wellcome Trust | Cancer Research UK | NIHR


We have Transformative Agreements for no-cost-to-the-author publisher open access, regardless of funder. Check if your chosen journal is included using our journal search tool.

For help or advice with any Open Access or institutional repository (ePrints Soton) query:


UKRI & Wellcome Trust Authors: applying for Open Access costs

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

From 27th November, 2020 the Library will no longer approve applications to access funds to pay for publishing in hybrid journals (journals containing both open access and subscription content), unless they are covered by a ‘no additional cost’ transformative agreement with the publisher. We will continue to consider applications from Wellcome and UKRI funded authors to publish in fully open access journals.

We can accept applications for open access costs from our UKRI and Wellcome Trust block grants for:

  • articles to be published in fully open access journals with a CC BY licence

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 and funds allocated prior to costs being incurred.

  • Applications for APCs must be made on submission 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 can only pay fair and reasonable open access costs.
  • We cannot accept applications for page, colour, cover charges or any extra publication charges not related to open access.
  • You will need your grant ID to complete the form. If the funding was via a studentship please put studentship followed by the student's name

APC Application Form

Please contact with any open access enquiries.