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Institutional OA memberships with publishers

The University of St Andrews Library has arranged various membership agreements for the University which support open access publishing. These have been chosen based on recommendations and consultation with academic staff, and because they represent good value and efficient use of funds.

To find out who the publisher of your chosen journal is, enter the journal title at  (Sherpa/Romeo is a database of publishers’ open access policies).

The memberships operate in various ways depending on publisher models, but in most cases give authors a discount on standard Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Where a discounted APC is still payable, you may be able to claim from central funds. For details email or see details on central funding available.

[Note: ‘Hybrid’ refers to publishers that make OA content available in subscription journals]


ACS, Company of Biologists, IoP, MDPI, MLO

PeerJPLoS, Royal Society, Springer,

Taylor & Francis, Wiley


American Chemical Society

‘Hybrid’ publisher: Includes all ACS subscription journals

Standard APCs range up to $5000

'Author Choice' options: APC discounts available for 1) authors with ACS membership and 2) when selecting St Andrews affiliation - ensure both are selected. (No central funds currently available to cover resulting fees.)

Instructions: Authors are advised to join ACS to gain substantial discount. In most cases authors should select immediate Open Access with CC-BY licence. Contact for advice on completing the 'RightsLink' forms.


Company of Biologists

Open access and ‘Hybrid’ publisher: Includes hybrid titles only - Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology.

Standard APCs: £2750 plus VAT. Free for St Andrews authors through Read and Publish Agreement.

Jisc pilot transitional Read and Publish agreement: APCs paid in full for all corresponding authors at participating UK institutions. Applies to research papers and reviews accepted for publication between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021.

Instructions: Eligible St Andrews authors will be contacted by their Editorial Office to inform them of their eligibility and advised that a transaction link will be sent in a separate email with instructions on how to proceed. Once the corresponding author has decided whether to opt for Open Access, the Open Access Support team will receive a request to approve the transaction and, once approved, Open Access will be provided with a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)


Institute of Physics Publishing

‘Hybrid’ publisher: Includes all IoP subscription journals

Standard APCs £1700

Pilot 'off-setting' scheme: The pilot works by giving the University up to a 90% rebate for fees paid for open access publication against the cost of subscription fees paid by the library. APCs paid in full for RCUK or Wellcome Trust funded research papers.

Instructions: Contact the Library at to find out if you are eligible for central funding, or for advice on whether to chose the IoP open access option. When you submit an article to an IOP subscription journal, you will need to select 'open access publication'. Details of the pilot scheme can be found at:

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MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

Open Access publisher in all disciplines

Standard APCs variable

Institutional Membership: 10% discount for all St Andrews corresponding authors. APCs paid in full for RCUK or Wellcome Trust funded research papers.

Instructions: In the MDPI submission system, authors must select University of St Andrews to get the 10% discount. You will then be asked to confirm if you are eligible for central 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.

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Modern Languages Open

Open Access journal published by Liverpool University Press

Standard APCs £400

Institutional Membership: The full APC is covered by the University membership agreement, for up to 10 articles

Instructions: If your article is accepted, you should make sure to notify the journal that you wish to use our membership. Your affiliation should be recognised, and the membership option offered.



Open Access publisher in Biological, Medical and Health Sciences, and Computer Science

Standard APCs $399 one-off payment (Basic Plan) for lifetime publishing (each author) or $1095/$895 APC

Membership options: The Basic Plan permits individual authors to publish one peer-reviewed publication per year for life. The Library will support the cost of individual membership for grant funded and non-funded St Andrews authors. The Institutional Plan provides a discount of the standard APC. APCs paid in full for RCUK or Wellcome Trust funded research papers.

Instructions: St Andrews authors can apply for individual membership funds by contacting the Library at You will then need to sign up for a free account with PeerJ. Please note that all authors contributing to a paper must have PeerJ individual membership before publishing. See PeerJ - How it works for details, and our University of St Andrews PeerJ announcement.

To have the full APC approved, contact

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Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Open Access publisher: Includes all PLoS journals

Standard APCs range from $1350 - $2900

Institutional Account: APCs paid in full for RCUK or Wellcome Trust funded research papers. Where researchers can claim from a grant (eg EU Horizon2020) we can pay the APC from our account, and then reclaim the costs. The Library may also support the cost of publishing in PLoS journals for non-funded authors. To be eligible you must be the corresponding author and affiliated with St Andrews.

Instructions: PLoS has published Institutional Account Instructions. As a corresponding author, enter University of St Andrews as your affiliation when submitting to a PLoS journal.  The Library will receive notification so that payments are authorised from our account on a monthly basis. We will contact you to verify the correct funding source.   

For details contact the Library at

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Royal Society Publishing

Open Access and ‘Hybrid’ publisher: Includes Open Biology and all Royal Society journals

Standard APCs £1700 (£1200 for Open Biology)

1) Prepay Membership: COAF/RCUK/Wellcome funded authors will have their APCs paid for fully OA journals where criteria are met

2) Institutional Membership: Yearly fee paid to Royal Society provides 25% discount on standard APCs, available to all authors paying their own APCs in hybrid journals.

Instructions: If your article is accepted for publication in any of the Royal Society journals, you will be asked to identify yourself as part of a member institution, resulting in the 25% discount being applied upon payment.

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‘Hybrid’ publisher: Includes eligible Open Choice journals listed on Springer's website

Standard APCs EUR 2200. Free for UK authors through Springer Compact

Springer Compact UK: APCs paid in full for all corresponding authors at participating UK institutions.

Instructions: You are advised to use your institutional email address instead of your private email address. This enables Springer to better identify you as eligible under the agreement. Springer will contact us for confirmation of your affiliation, and Open Access will be provided once eligibility is approved.

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Taylor & Francis

‘Hybrid’ publisher: Includes all T&F / Routledge Open Select journals

Standard APCs £1788. Off-setting scheme - 75% discount

Prepay Membership: APCs are heavily discounted as part of an offsetting scheme. COAF/RCUK/Wellcome funded authors will have their APCs paid in full where criteria are met

Instructions: If your article is accepted for publication the publisher may offer you the option to make your article open access. To check eligibility for funding, contact

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Open Access and ‘Hybrid’ publisher: Includes Wiley Open Access journals and all journals with OnlineOpen option.

Standard APCs £1200 - £2000

Wiley Open Access Account: Discount of 25% for APCs processed through our membership.

  • COAF: All APCs paid in full for Wellcome Trust / COAF funded research papers from our membership account.
  • RCUK: APCs paid for articles in fully open access journals only for RCUK-funded authors and where authors meet the criteria for funding.

Instructions: In all cases authors should first contact Open Access Support  to check they are eligible for funding

1) If submitting to a Wiley Open Access journal: select St Andrews from the Funder/Institution drop-down menu under 'who will pay' (provided you have checked you are eligible for funding).

2) When submitting to a hybrid journal and opting for OnlineOpen: check you are eligible for funding, sign your licence (making sure to select 'CC-BY') then follow the guidelines to select University of St Andrews on the payment section of your Author Services order form. Make sure you add a Wellcome Trust or COAF Charity funder name and grant number under 'Research Funder'. The Library will receive notification so that payments are authorised from our account.

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Library Open Access Support

Email: open-access-support