Open access charges can vary considerably. This page gives you information on publishing options.
An average article processing charge for open access publication is around £2,040 (based on 2015-16 data analysed by the Wellcome Trust in 2017) but this can vary significantly depending on the journal. Current charges should be advertised on publisher websites, for example via the 'instructions for authors'.
If your article is acknowledging research grants from the COAF or RCUK funders:
- SGUL has funds from RCUK and COAF funders to help pay for open access fees for papers acknowledging their grant, and we may be able to authorise payment of an open access publication charge (see COAF and RCUK pages for how to access these funds)
- The journal you chose to publish in must be one that has an open access option that complies with the funder requirements - you can check this by using the SHERPA-FACT service (Funders & Authors Compliance Tool)
- Approval for the fee and an SGUL Purchase Order will need to be generated before an invoice is raised. Please see the guidance about Claiming open Access Publication fees
Discounts for SGUL researchers
If you are publishing your article on open access and are required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC), there are several APC discount schemes and other benefits you may be able to take advantage of.
BioMed Central (BMC)
SGUL has an institutional Open Access membership with BioMed Central (BMC) which means researchers affiliated with SGUL will receive a 15% discount on all article-processing costs (APCs) when publishing in any BMC or SpringerOpen journal. (List of BMC journal titles available. List of SpringerOpen journal titles available.)
How to receive the discount:
- If you submit a manuscript from within SGUL’s IP range, the discount will be automatically applied.
- If you submit a manuscript from outside SGUL’s IP range (e.g. from home or overseas) you need to:
- Choose the option “I believe that I am covered by an institutional membership arrangement” on BMC’s APC agreement page
- Select St George’s, University of London from the drop-down list
- BMC’s Customer Service team will then handle your discount request before sending instructions on how to complete your submission
- Before raising the publisher invoice, complete SGUL's Open Access Claim Form. This will enable you to request a SGUL purchase order which you can quote on the publisher’s invoice
About BioMed Central:
- The BioMed Central and SpringerOpen portfolios publish nearly 500 journals - across all areas of science, technology, medicine, engineering, chemistry, and mathematics
- Publishing open access could mean your manuscript will benefit from high visibility and an international readership
- There are no space constraints or colour figure charges with BioMed Central
For further details of the open access arrangements for Springer Open Choice (which is a separate programme for open access publishing in Springer's subscription-based journals), please see below.
Springer Open Choice
SGUL subscribes to a journal package from Springer. Until December 2018, the publisher is piloting a scheme where APCs are waived for all institutional subscribers.
A full list of open choice journals can be found by going to Open access agreement for UK authors and clicking on the second link under the heading "Which institutions and Springer journals are covered by the OA agreement?"
Once your article is accepted by Springer, they will send the corresponding author a link to an online ‘MyPublication’ form where the corresponding author will be asked to state their affiliation & agree to the open access terms.
You need to use your SGUL institutional email address and not a private email address as this will help Springer to better identify your eligibility under the agreement.
During the article production process, Springer and the SGUL Library will verify your eligibility for an APC waiver.
*Until the funds available under the national deal have been used
Society of General Microbiology
Discounts are available to members of the Society and to corresponding authors whose institutions subscribe to a journal published by the Society. SGUL subscribes to Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, & Journal of Medical Microbiology Case Reports (JMM Case Reports) . Article Processing Charges for Microbial Genomics are free for the launch year of the journal (2016).
Please see the Microbiology Society open access pricing page for further information.
BMJ Case Reports
Low cost or no cost publication options available to all
Cogent OA has introduced a Freedom APC, a ‘pay what you want’ model. For authors with sufficient funding or support from their institution, they are suggesting an APC contribution of $1,250.00
This journal is supported by the Wellcome Trust, Max Planck Society & Howard Hughes Medical Institute. There is an open access publication fee of $2,500, however eLife operates a waiver scheme. Where no other funds are available, authors may apply for a fee waiver once their submission has been invited for full peer review. Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information please see the Publication Fees FAQ.
See the table of pricing at https://peerj.com/pricing/. It is much cheaper to publish in Peer J than with more established publishers. While SGUL Library does not have a membership Peer J are a reputable publisher.
Work published in Peer J is published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.
Wellcome Open Research
This is a newly launched platform to allow researchers to easily and quickly publish their findings. Wellcome Open Research articles will pass through a transparent invited peer review, and will be indexed in major bibliographic databases, as well as being deposited in PubMed Central and Europe PMC. Details of the Article Processing Charges are available.
Green Open Access
Bear in mind that if you cannot opt to pay an APC, many journals permit you to make your final accepted manuscript available via a repository (at no charge), usually following an embargo period from the date of publication (the embargo period is normally between 6-12 months). Again, if you are acknowledging a specific funder, check first that the journal’s embargo period doesn’t exceed the maximum your funder allows.
SGUL’s repository is SORA (all SGUL researchers have a CRIS profile and can deposit their papers into SORA using the CRIS). There are other external subject repositories (e.g. EPMC for medical papers). By using this route to open access, funders may specify a maximum embargo period (e.g. 6 months) which you would need to check that the journal will allow. Publisher policies around open access can be found by looking them up on the SHERPA RoMEO service.
There is also more information on Green Open Access on the Library OA FAQs page.
Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:16