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Open Access: Financial Support for Open Access APCs

Open Access Library Guide

Article Processing Charges (APCs) - Closed

Article Processing Charges - Gold Open Access Support

The online application form for financial support is currently closed.
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Open Access
Library Research Support Team
Singleton Park Library
Swansea University
United Kingdom

Which licence should I pick?

What licenses are compliant with the UKRI (RCUK) OA policy? 

The open access policy stipulates that all publications arising from UKRI funded research must either be available as immediate open access (gold route) or a copy of the author's accepted manuscript must be placed in the repository, Cronfa with an acceptable embargo period and licence (green route).

Gold Route - (immediate open access):
Where an APC is paid, it is a requirement that the licence applied is CC-BY.

Green Route - (deposit of the final accepted manuscript in a repository, usually with an embargo):
The UKRI (RCUK) preference is for CC-BY, however, the formal requirement is that the licence places no restriction on non-commercial reuse, including non-commercial text-and data-mining. The licence should also allow for the sharing of adaptations of the material. This means a CC-BY-NC licence, or equivalent is acceptable.
A CC-BY-NC-ND licence is not compliant.

  • Embargo periods of 12 months are permissible for Arts, Humanities and Social Science journals and 6 months for Science, Technology, Engineering and Medical Journals for authors choosing the green route.

Open Government Licence (OGL) - Crown Body employees.

Publisher Discounts for Swansea University Researchers

The Library has signed up to several deals with publishers that discount the cost of Gold Open Access. Authors should also note that some learned societies and publishers also offer discounts to individual members.

  • Check for details when you select to pay an APC.
  • You may also be eligible to apply a subscribing institution discount by selecting 'Swansea University' if prompted from a list of institutions. For example, the American Chemical Society.
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 UKRI (RCUK) 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.  For UKRI financial support apply in the first instance using the Swansea University gold APC online form.

Springer Open Access Agreement for UK authors
(Swansea University institutional members)

Eligible Open Choice subscription based titles can be published for free via the UK Springer Open Access Agreement. Click on the page link to check the list of Open Choice eligible subscription-based journals covered by the UK open access agreement

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 these article types: original paper, review paper, brief communication or continuing education.

1. Corresponding authors should select the eligible institutional name.
2. Corresponding authors should use their Swansea University email address.
3. Try to submit from the institution's network (IP range).

There is no need to complete a request via the Swansea University UKRI  APC online form.

Wiley Open Access Services:

Institutional members may request access to the discounted pre-payment scheme for UKRI (RCUK) funded papers.

In the first instance, upon acceptance for publication, apply for financial support using the Swansea University UKRI gold APC online form.

If approved, you may initiate the Wiley open access order via the OnlineOpen mechanism.

  • This will trigger a completion process between the university and the publisher.
  • No Wiley invoice is required. 

The Wiley pre-pay account is not suitable for authors accessing College funding.
Detailed Wiley author guidance here. 

We are not yet able to take advantage of the March 2020 JISC Open Access Agreement for Institutions. We will update this site when we have further information.

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Unfunded Research and Gold APCs

Open Access Costs for Unfunded Research

The university does not maintain a centrally administered APC fund, however some Colleges have limited budgets for supporting REF eligible publications for their academic research staff.  

  • Approach your College to enquire 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 College.


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