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:
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.
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
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.
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.
Follow the guided workflow in the OUP RP Step-by-Step User Guide for Authors PDF or the steps below:
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.
PLOS Author Instructions - Flat Fee (How to...)
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.
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.
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.
JISC Partnership Agreement - Open Access Agreement for Institutions
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.
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
An Open Access publisher across all disciplines
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.
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.
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.
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.