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Open Access costs

In many cases you can comply with HEFCE’s and other funders’ Open Access requirements without paying a fee, by uploading your Author Accepted Manuscript in Pure. The criteria for paying Open Access fees (known as 'Article Processing Charges' or APCs) depends both on your research funder and individual publisher policies, as well as your choice of Open Access route.

Central funding for APCs

The University has grants from RCUK, the Wellcome Trust and other charities to support their Open Access policies. If your publisher does not permit you to deposit a peer-reviewed version of your paper in a repository within an acceptable embargo period, you can choose ‘gold’ Open Access to comply with these policies.

To claim Article Processing Charges (APCs) from our RCUK or Charity Open Access Fund, send the following details to

  •     Your name, School and email address
  •     Journal and publisher
  •     Article title, manuscript ID or DOI
  •     Funder name and external Grant ID

The Library has a small fund available to support the University’s Open Access Policy, available for fully Open Access journals only where the author has no other source of funds.

APCs paid from individual grants

For other research funders you should check the terms and conditions of your grant, and you may need to include the costs of Open Access in your budget.

All Open Access costs from Horizon2020 projects must be paid from the relevant grant. The strict H2020 Open Access requirements mean that APCs must usually be paid. An average APC is £1500 but can be as much as £4000.

If you have any queries about APCs or Open Access requirements, contact

Publisher deals

The University has a number of memberships and special deals in place with publishers that may give discounts on APCs. Check our list of OA memberships or contact the Library for information.