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APCs: how to get funding for 'gold' Open Access

When publishing 'gold' Open Access, publishers may request an Article Processing Charge (APC). If there is a justifiable need for 'gold' Open Access, there may be different funding routes available to you

  • your individual research grant
  • general Open Access funds from your funding body (such as from NIHR)
  • the RCUK block grant for all Research Council funded projects
  • the SHU Open Access Fund

If you would like to request financial support for gold Open Access from the SHU Open Access fund, then please fill out the proforma "I request support for Gold Open Access" and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator.

Arrangements with publishers

Please note that the University has arrangements in place with a number of publishers that may reduce or eliminate the costs of 'gold' Open Access

Publisher Arrangement Action
Springer and BioMed Central All articles from SHU corresponding authors that are published in Springer and BioMed Central journals can be made available via 'gold' Open Access Please choose the 'gold' route to Open Access when submitting your article - there is no need to submit a proforma for requesting support for 'gold' Open Access to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator
Royal Society of Chemistry SHU has a limited number of vouchers that cover the costs of 'gold' Open Access when publishing in journals from the Royal Society of Chemistry If you are considering this, then please fill out the proforma "I request support for Gold Open Access" and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator
Sage SHU authors pay a reduced APC of £200 when publishing with Sage If you are considering this, then please fill out the proforma "I request support for Gold Open Access" and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator
Taylor and Francis SHU authors pay a reduced APC of £450 when publishing with Taylor and Francis If you are considering this, then please fill out the proforma "I request support for Gold Open Access" and send it to your Unit of Assessment Coordinator

Some funders (such as NIHR) have their own agreements with publishers.

Last updated: 24 October, 2016

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