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Effective Research Publishing: Open Research & Open Access: Publisher OA Deals & Discounts

One Stop Shop for Open Research Practices

Publisher Deals and Discounts

Open Access with Cambridge University Press

The University has signed a 'read and publish' agreement with Cambridge University Press to enable unlimited open access publishing of research articles by University corresponding authors in participating gold and hybrid (subscription) journals from May 2021. This deal is in place until 31 December 2024.

Open Access publishing covered under this R&P agreement includes: Original Research, Review Articles and Rapid Communications (RRR), Plus Brief Report and Case Reports article types.

To be eligible:

  • The corresponding author should select the eligible institutional name (Swansea University).
  •  Articles must be accepted for publication in a Cambridge University Press journal (go to the list of journals covered by the agreement. It opens as an Excel spreadsheet download).
  • The corresponding author must use their Swansea University email address to help authenticate the application.

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Corresponding Author Definition

Read and Publish agreement with Jisc Collections, UK (includes Swansea University)

OA Waiver and Discount Checker Tool


Open Access with IOP

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IOP Publishing (IOP), Jisc Collections and Swansea University Library Services have come to an agreement which enables researchers to publish their work on an open access basis at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. The publishing agreement balances the cost of hybrid article publication charges (APCs) against journal license fees for 2020 onwards.

All corresponding (submitting) authors can publish open access in eligible journals without barriers, without additional cost, and be certain that they comply with any open access requirement. Eligible hybrid titles are available from this list.

Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

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 our society partners.

How to take advantage of the agreement

1. Identify yourself clearly in the article submission form and the article itself.
2. Use a Swansea University email address.
3. Follow the IOP submission instructions. 

Articles are published with a Creative Commons CC-BY licence at no cost to you. 
IOP Author Guide

Discounted APCs
Corresponding (submitting) authors at subscribing institutions can also benefit from a 70% discount on the standard Article Processing Charge (APC) of hybrid journals not included in the above list that are published with some of our partner societies. Please visit IOP for further details. This discount is not available for any journal that is funded by page charges or submissions fees.

Open Access with OUP

OUP and a number of UK institutions have agreed a 'Read and Publish' deal for 2021-2023 (JISC Affiliated).

Eligible authors from Swansea University can request use of this account to pay the Open Access charge when arranging payment in OUP’s online licensing and payment system. 

To be eligible for full payment of publications fees, the corresponding author must be affiliated with Swansea University. 

  • You must publish a research or review article which is received into OUP production on or after 1 January 2021.
  • You must publish in an eligible journal. See the OUP JISC read and publish agreement webpage. There are 400+ journals available.

Follow the  guided workflow in the OUP RP Step-by-Step User Guide for Authors PDF or the steps below:

  • Once your article has been accepted for publication you will be sent an author welcome email by OUP which will contain an Oxford Academic Account registration link. 
  • Please ensure that you use your Swansea University email address or OUP will reject your request to make use of the Swansea University publish agreement. Eligible authors are sent a second email (based on email domain) reminding them to utilise the UK institutions (JISC affiliated) OA funds.
  • You will be required to select a publication licence. Where possible you should select the Open Access Licence - CC-BY (Attribution) and ensure you comply with any funder requirements.
  • You will be required to agree to pay the charge associated with publishing [this will be covered by our institutional OA agreement]. Note: we will not pay any additional page or colour charges.
  • The next step takes you to the Articles Charges page where you can select 'UK Institutions Jisc Affiliated' from the Open Access Prepayment Account drop-down list. You must select the Refer Charge? check box and complete by pressing the green 'Refer Charges' button. Add research funder and grant number when prompted. The Referring Statement/Comment box is provided for you to add relevant information to support your application for use of institutional funds. Save.
  • You are directed to a Charges Being Referred page, please check that all details are correct before selecting 'Complete Referral'.
  • You will receive a confirmation email to say that your request has been submitted to the OUP account administrator for consideration. Please sign out of your account. If  your request is accepted or rejected you will receive an email from OUP.

Author resources.

Open Access with PLOS

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From January 1 2021 until December 31 2023 publication fees for open access will be automatically covered by the flat fee publisher agreement with Swansea University Library for the following titles:

PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS ONE.
In May 2021 PLOS announced the launch of five new titles. You can find our more from their recent blog post. The new titles are included in the Swansea University flat fee deal.

To be eligible for full payment of publications fees, the corresponding author must be affiliated with Swansea University. Please ensure that you use your Swansea University email address and identify your affiliation in the publisher submission system, Editorial Manager. If your work is accepted for publication, PLOS check this field and ensure that benefits are applied to waive publication fees.

Each institution reserves the right to accept or reject applications for financial support. If an institution chooses to reject the payment for Article Processing Charges (APCs), PLOS will invoice the authors individually, who retain full payment responsibility.

  • All article types in the eligible journals are covered under the flat fee deal.
  • Articles will be automatically published with a Creative Commons CC-BY Attribution license. PLOS articles are archived in LOCKSS and syndicated to PubMed Central/EuropePMC. PLOS requires data sharing where not subject to legal or ethical restrictions and has adopted the CRediT taxonomy.

PLOS Author Instructions - Flat Fee (How to...) 

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PLOS Publishing FAQs

PLOS Flat Fee Agreements

Open Access with Springer - Agreement for UK Authors
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Institutional members are eligible to publish open access at no cost from selected titles

Swansea University is a participating institution so the UK Read and Publish agreement means you can publish your article open access - at no cost to you in more than 1,850 Springer hybrid (subscription) journals. Check the hybrid journal list on the Springer Compact webpage. It will open as an Excel spreadsheet download.
Established by Jisc and paid for by the Swansea University Library Service, this agreement will run through 31 December 2022.

Application Checklist

The corresponding author may apply using the Springer portal (My Publication) which will initiate an approval process between the university and the publisher.  This is applicable for article types: original paper, review paper, brief communication or continuing education. There is no need to complete a request via the Swansea University UKRI  APC online form.

1. The corresponding author should select the eligible institutional name (Swansea University).
2. The corresponding author must use their Swansea University email address to help authenticate the application.

Quick Link

  • Guide for corresponding authors

SpringerNature fully open access journals are not included in this package and an individual APC fee may apply. For individual journal APCs please see the journal webpage or consult the Springer Nature APC list


Open Access with Wiley

JISC Partnership Agreement - Open Access Agreement for Institutions

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 Wiley have confirmed that the Read and Publish agreement fund will be limited to UKRI, Wellcome Trust and former COAF funded research articles only from 1 July.  

A list of Wiley's Open Access and hybrid subscription journals is available from the Open Access Author Dashboard together with access to an Author Compliance Tool so you can check if you meet your funder obligations. If you want to publish an open access article you will be required to pay. The university does not have a central fund to support payments for non-UKRI funded research. UKRI corresponding authors should request financial assistance by completing our online form.

From 1 July 2021 for unfunded research outputs

Authors can still use the 'green' route and deposit an accepted manuscript in the repository to be REF and Swansea University OA compliant.

If you choose to pay for gold open access with Wiley 

  • Authors will be routed to the ‘author pays’ option, where Wiley are able to offer a 25% discount on the APC. This will be valid from July 1st– Dec 31st 2021.  After which the main Jisc deal will be reset for authors to use when publishing research and review articles. 
  • Authors will need to take action when prompted in the payment form at submission for fully Gold OA journals and after acceptance in Author Services for Wiley’s hybrid journals
  • For gold journals, authors need to select ‘UK/Jisc authors (25% discount)’ from the drop-down menu. 
  • For hybrid journals authors need to add the discount promo code:  KA6CA. 
Open Access with MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)




An Open Access publisher across all disciplines

  • Standard APCs: variable cost
  • Institutional Membership: 10% discount for all Swansea University corresponding authors

In the MDPI submission system, authors must select Swansea University to get a 10% discount. You will be asked to confirm if you are eligible for  Research council UKR funding. If you are not eligible you will still receive the discount but will need to pay the APC from your own budget or grant.  

UKRI funded authors financial support request form.

Open Access with SAGE 

WHEEL (Wales Higher Electronic Library) Agreement

SAGE has an agreement with WHEEL (Wales Higher Education Electronic Library) from June 2020 to December 2022. The details of the discount agreement are as follows: 

Subscription journals
Corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package which offers hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access at a highly discounted rate of 200 GBP

SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the agreement and invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take any additional steps needed to make their article open access under the terms of this agreement. Authors will need to fund the discounted £200 OA fee independently unless the research is UKRI funded.  UKRI Financial Support form

Gold open access journals 
Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are also entitled to a 20% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC) for that journal. This discount will be applied automatically in the SAGE Open Access Portal. Where an author is eligible for more than one discount, discounts cannot be combined but the highest discount available to the author will be applied to the APC due. Click here for the participating Gold journal title list.

To benefit:
Eligible corresponding authors should use their 
Swansea University email address in all applications.

  • The Author(s) can then accept or reject Open Access Publishing, and if selecting Open Access, digitally sign the publishing agreement. The Author(s) have 14 days to make the selection, otherwise the article will continue to be published in subscription format.

  • The Author(s) then select a billing method for the appropriate fee. They can pay directly by Credit Card or Invoice; or they can assign a third party bill-payer.
  • Authors will need to fund OA fee(s) independently.
  • Please note: this discount cannot be applied retrospectively (after the 14 days has elapsed).
  • Some titles are excluded from this agreement and are listed here.

SAGE Choice FAQs

Open Access Publisher Agreements and Discounts for Swansea University Researchers


The Library has signed up to several deals with publishers that cover the cost of Open Access publication. The Library evaluates each "transformative" or "read and publish" agreement (TA) but does not necessarily subscribe to all transitional agreements. Authors submitting articles for publication in journals in these agreements will not be charged fees.

"TAs are contracts which gradually shift the basis of payments from an institution to a publisher from subscription-based reading to OA publishing services in a controlled manner."

This page is updated whenever a new 'read and publish' / JISC transitional agreement is signed. Researchers can also use the Plan S journal checker to determine whether a journal is Plan S compliant.

Authors should note that some learned societies and publishers also offer discounts to individual members. You may be eligible to apply a subscribing institution discount by selecting 'Swansea University' if prompted from a list of institutions.

Visit the latest transitional agreement open access guidance from the Wellcome Trust, UKRI, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Contact the Library Research Support team if you have any questions on an individual deal.

Author affiliation

Use of transformative publishing agreements will be restricted to corresponding authors with a contract of employment at Swansea University. Transitional / transformative publishing agreements are capped and only limited funds are available to sustain them.

  • You must use your Swansea University email address and identify your affiliation in the publisher system.
  • We do not approve papers for corresponding authors who are honorary or visiting members of staff unless there is relevant UKRI funding acknowledged on the paper and a substantial Swansea University contribution in the form of co-authors on the paper.
  • We do not approve papers for corresponding authors who are members of Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB) who do not have a contract of employment at the institution.
  • We will consider approval for papers where Swansea University post-graduate students / early career researchers are listed as corresponding authors and the research was completed whilst affiliated with Swansea University (usually up to 12 months post-award).