The Library has limited funding from an UKRI* block grant to pay article processing charges. This grant will enable authors to comply with their funder's open access policy. Annual grant awards are made to the University and we provide financial support to researchers on a first come, first served basis. More information about the UKRI open access policy and the current version of the FAQ section (May 2019) can be found on their website.
*UKRI (formerly RCUK) includes AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, and STFC.
Where we are able to reduce the cost of publishing Gold OA in subscription (hybrid) journals via offsetting deals or membership schemes, the information is available on the 'Publisher Discount' tab on this page.
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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.
Open Government Licence (OGL) - Crown Body employees.
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.
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 agreement balances the cost of hybrid article publication charges (APCs) against journal license fees for 2020 onwards.
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:
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.
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.
Eligible corresponding authors should use their Swansea University email address in all applications.
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 should use their Swansea University email address to help us authenticate your 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.
Wiley have informed us that they will no longer cover the cost of UKRI funded articles via the JISC Open Access agreement. If you are a UKRI funded author please contact the open access team via firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wiley OA deal is expected to resume in January 2021.
Selecting a license for your open access publishing
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.
For a list of applicable criteria and an application form please contact the appropriate person in your College.