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Effective Research Publishing: Open Research & Open Access: Financial Support - Gold OA (Faculty)

Mae’r dudalen hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg

Unfunded Research and Open Access Payments

Open Access Costs for Unfunded Research

The university does not maintain a centrally administered APC fund, however some Faculties or departments have limited budgets for supporting publications. Swansea University has a preference for using the green route to open access.

  • Approach your Faculty/department to ask if funding is available for gold open access. 
  • Apply when your paper is accepted for publication and before the paper is published. No retrospective applications will be considered. 
  • VAT is applicable to all APC invoices at the rate of 20%. Foreign invoices are subject to a reverse charge transaction.

For a list of applicable criteria and an application form please contact the appropriate person in your Faculty/department.

Ensure your check the Publisher OA Deals and Discounts page on this guide to see if open access can be provided at no cost with one of the institutional 'read and publish' transitional agreements.

Faculty of Science & Engineering (FSE) and the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (FHSS) 2022/2023

Paying open access charges for the Faculty of Science & Engineering 2022 (August  2022 - July 2023)

Paying open access charges for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences 2022 (November 2022 - July 2023)

Who is eligible to apply for financial support?

One open access payment per researcher per financial year (budget permitted)

  • Academic and research staff in the faculty of Science & Engineering (FSE) and the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS)
  • Postgraduate early career research authors in FSE and FHSS
  • UKRI funded staff and postgraduates in receipt of a UKRI Doctoral Training Grant should use the OA block grant form in the first instance.
  • Honorary and visiting research staff are not able to apply to use this fund

What does it cover?

Original peer-reviewed research and review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, case reports, conference papers and proceedings with an ISSN or publishing platform and Open Access book chapters.

Other charges associated with publication, including page or colour charges and non-open access publication charges and fees are not permitted.

How do I apply?

Complete the online open access application form when your output is accepted for publication. 

What supporting evidence do I need to provide when completing the online form?

1. Written approval to proceed by the Head of Department (PDF or Word attachment).

2. A copy of the acceptance email (PDF or Word attachment).

Select the licence that will maximise opportunities for sharing and reuse. 

Open access research articles should normally be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence (default).

Use of the more restrictive Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives (CC-BY-ND) license should be avoided unless agreed with your HoD or funder.

Data Access Statement Concordat on Open Research Data   

You must include an data access statement, even where there are no data associated with the output or the data are inaccessible. Further information is available from the research data support guide.

How will I know if my open access payment is proceeding?

Your application will be checked by the Library Research Support team. If the team need further information, they will contact you using 

We prefer to pay by credit card via invoice or secure payment link. Please include with your application.

You will be informed when the open access payment is complete.

What are my obligations as author?

  • You must create an output record in the Research Information System (RIS) when your article/book chapter/conference proceeding is accepted for publication.
  • Upload the peer-reviewed author accepted manuscript (AAM) document.
  • Upon first online publication of the open access output, the final peer-reviewed published version of record (VOR) must be free and unrestricted to view and download from Cronfa.