The Library has 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 (April 2018) can be found on their website.
*UKRI (formerly RCUK) includes AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, NC3Rs 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.
All authors based at Swansea University are entitled to a discounted rate of £200. All submitting authors are alerted to the fact that the SAGE Choice option exists for a title when they are sent an acceptance email, and again when they are sent the Contributors Agreement to authorise. If you follow the link provided by either of these forms you will be directed to a SAGE Choice Invoice Template.
Deal applies to papers at the point of acceptance for publication:
This deal only applies to the titles that are in the SAGE Choice Scheme and in SAGE Premier until December 2018* (*extended into 2019).
Eligible Open Choice subscription based titles can be published for free via the UK Springer Open Access Agreement.
The corresponding author may apply using the Springer portal (My Publication) which will initiate an approval process between the university and the publisher. There is no need to complete a request via the Swansea University UKRI APC online form. Please use your university email address.
Check the 2018/19 Open Choice eligible subscription-based journals covered by the UK open access agreement
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.
The Wiley pre-pay account is not suitable for authors accessing College funding.
Detailed Wiley author guidance here
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.