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There are an increasing number of open access publication fee waiver deals and discounts available to St George’s, University of London researchers. 

Read and publish agreements allow SGUL staff & students have access to read articles in the journals covered, PLUS, where the SGUL researcher is the corresponding author, the article can be published under CC-BY licence at no extra cost to the researcher, allowing compliance with funder mandates.

This page highlights ways to publish open access -  including funder open publishing platforms - gives guidance on how to take advantage of read and publish deals, and explains what funding options may be available.

Thinking of a journal but don't know who publishes it? Use the Sherpa Romeo look up tool. 

Funds available

Please ensure you know how you are going to pay any open access charges before you submit to a journal.

Prior approval for any open access fee will need to be obtained if your article acknowledges a grant and you anticipate needing central funding to cover it. A St George's purchase order will need to be generated before an invoice is raised.

If you have any queries on the funder requirements or funding for open access fees, please email openaccess@sgul.ac.uk

If your research article acknowledges research grants:

St George’s has some funds from UKRI (formerly RCUK) to help pay open access fees for original research articles acknowledging their grants. Other grants may have costs for publication charges incorporated.

See UKRI FAQs for how to apply for funds. For Wellcome funded researchers, please see Wellcome guidance. For other funders, your research funding officer in our Joint Research and Enterprise Services team should be able to advise you.

While we may be able to authorise payment of an open access publication charge, if there is a 'no fee' way of making your paper open access, this may be suggested rather than a paid route.

The journal you chose to publish in must be one that has an open access option that complies with your funder requirements. There are 2 main services provided by funders to help you check whether a journal complies:

If your research article does not acknowledge any research grants:

There is a limited institutional open access fund. Please see the guidance about claiming open access publication fees from the institutional fund.

Who can apply for open access fee waivers?

St George’s researchers are eligible for open access publication fee waivers. St George’s researchers are:

  • St George’s, University of London staff

  • St George’s, University of London students

  • St George's, University of London Emeritus Professors 

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff with Honorary status with the university.

Researchers are expected to include their SGUL affiliation on any articles for which waivers or discounts are approved.

Corresponding authors should apply using their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, which will help identify them to the publisher as being at an institution eligible for a waiver or discount.

University of Nicosia staff and students are not eligible for waivers. Enquiries about publishing open access should be made to University of Nicosia library.

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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
What is the agreement?

St George’s has a subscription which offers our authors a 10% discount on the open access charge for publishing in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) journal  Science Advances.

How to apply

To obtain the discount for open access publication in Science Advances, the affiliation discount must be applied at point of payment – note it is not applied automatically.

  1. Once the manuscript is accepted, the author is emailed a link to the author charge page.

  2. On the article charge page, click the blue ‘Apply discounts’ button.

  3. In the affiliation discount section, search for ‘University of London Saint George's’ and select it from the list.

  4. Click the orange ‘Apply discounts’ button and the discount is applied.

To comply with your funder’s open access mandate using the rights retention route:

For authors funded by cOAlition S organizations: on a trial basis AAAS will allow authors who submit articles to AAAS journals from 01 Jan 2021  to place a CC BY license on their accepted manuscripts. This trial is being continued until 31 December 2022.

For authors funded by UKRI: we understand that a similar route for open access of accepted manuscripts will be possible to enable authors to comply with the UKRI Open Access policy which comes into effect April 2022.

A CC-BY-ND licence may be permitted by exception, if prior permission obtained by author from the funder.

Please be sure to include the rights retention statement on your manuscript on submission, and deposit your final author accepted MS in a repository on publication (biomedical research articles that acknowledge MRC or BBSRC funding are required to be archived in Europe PubMed Central).  The AAAS License to Publish  should reflect the funders policy requirements. 

More information

Contact Science Advances by email.

American Heart Association

American Heart Association journals are published by Wiley, or Wolters Kluwer.

Please refer to the entry below for Wiley for the following American Heart Association Gold (wholly open access) journals:

  • JAHA – Journal of the American Heart Association
  • Stroke: Vascular and Interventional Neurology (S:VIN)

Please refer to the entry below for Wolters Kluwer for the following American Heart Association hybrid (subcription) journals:

  • Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
  • Circulation
  • Circulation Research
  • Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
  • Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions
  • Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
  • Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine
  • Circulation: Heart Failure
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke
American Physiological Society - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

From1st January 2021 – 31st December 2022, St George’s is participating in the American Physiological Society read, publish and join pilot, negotiated by Jisc Collections.

SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on the paper will be notified that their work can be published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges. They will also be eligible for a one-year APS membership.

Which journals are included?

The following APS publishing list (13 titles) are included:

  • American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology
  • American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
  • American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
  • American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
  • American Journal of Physiology - Renal Physiology
  • Journal of Applied Physiology
  • Journal of Neurophysiology
  • News in Physiological Sciences
  • Physiological Genomics
  • Physiology
  • Physiological Reviews
Which articles are eligible?

All article types accepted between 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2022 are eligible. There is no cap on this deal.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system. Please be sure that where the publisher system requests your organisation and department, you confirm this as St George's, University of London. Once recognised, the corresponding author will be given a choice to opt-in to publish their article open access once their article is accepted.  

More information

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

AMRC Open Research - publishing platform for AMRC funded researchers
What is the arrangement?

Researchers funded by some of the members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) can rapidly publish their results and share data on the open access publishing platform  AMRC Open Research, (and will benefit from the much lower open access publication fees compared to many more longer established journals). Work published will also benefit from open peer review.

A list of the charities participating in the initiative and other information is on the AMRC Open Research FAQ page.

How to apply

Information on submitting articles is found on How to publish. Please be sure you know where the funding will come from for the open access fee before you select to publish via this route.

More information

Contact open access before submission if you need further advice.

Bioscientifica Trust / Society for Endocrinology (expired)

SGUL's Bioscientifica subscription was not renewed for 2021, therefore St George's researchers no longer qualify for any discount on open access publication fees.

More information

Contact open access if you have any questions.

BioMed Central (BMC) / SpringerOpen

St George’s does not currently have an agreement for discounts on open access fees in BMC or SpringerOpen journals. (List of BMC journal titles available. List of SpringerOpen journal titles available.)

For details of journal titles that are included in our deal under the Springer Compact / Read and Publish deal, please see the entry further down this page.

Please contact open access if you require further information.

BMJ Case Reports
What is the agreement?

For authors submitting an article to BMJ Case Reports, St George’s has fellowship codes for both St George’s and St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The fellowship code will enable you to submit your article to the BMJ. There is an extra charge for the open access option.

How to apply

Please email us for help.

More information

See What will it cost? on the BMJ website.

BMJ Journals - Read and Publish (updated 2022)
What is the agreement?

2022 update: St George’s has extended our participation in the BMJ Publishing Group publish and read pilot. 

During 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021, St George’s participated in the BMJ Publishing Group publish and read pilot, negotiated by Jisc Collections.  During 2021, funded research articles* could be published open access at no further direct cost in many BMJ hybrid journals (hybrid journals are subscription journals that also allow for individual articles to be made open access). However, this excluded open access publication in fully gold open access journals, such as BMJ Open.

From 1st January 2022, St George’s has taken an optional upgrade which means that funded research articles* can be published open access in BMJ fully gold open access journals such as BMJ Open, and the BMJ, as well as the hybrid journals.

* SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on original research papers which acknowledge grant funding from British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Innovate UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis, UKRI (including MRC and BBSRC), or Wellcome Trust can have their work published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges. 

If funded by Wellcome and/or Gates Foundation please be sure to include the Rights Retention Statement when you submit your article to the journal.

Which journals are included?

The journals included in this deal for 2022 can be found via this   hybrid journals (publishing list)
gold titles (publishing list) (includes the BMJ, and BMJ Open)

Which journals are excluded?

Excluded titles:

  • BMJ Case Reports (see separate entry on this page for BMJ Case reports)
  • Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB)
Which articles are eligible?

Original articles reporting on primary research as defined by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) article types; plus UKRI review articles submitted from 1st April 2022.

The deal applies from the start of year. If your article was accepted this year prior to 4th February, BMJ will contact any corresponding authors who have had eligible articles accepted for publication between the 1st January - 4th February 2022 and convert any such articles to open access.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers.

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system. 

More information

Further information can be found via the BMJ Open Access AgreementDownload OA at BMJ author guide

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

Cambridge University Press (CUP) Journals - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

From 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2024, St George’s is participating in the Cambridge University Press (CUP) read and publish deal,negotiated by Jisc Collections.

SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on original research papers can have their work published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges. 

Which journals are included?

The journals included in this deal can be found on this spreadsheet or by using Cambridge University Press's open access waiver tool.

Which journals are excluded?

Advances in Applied Probability; Africa Bibliography; AJS Review; Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales; Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales: English Edition; Annual of the British School at Athens; Antichthon; Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling; Behavioral and Brain Sciences; Horizons; International Organization; IRAQ; Journal of Applied Probability; Journal of Asian Studies; Journal of Policy History; Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools; Journal of Southeast Asian Studies; New Surveys in the Classics; Papers of the British School at Rome; Philosophy; PMLA / Publications of the Modern Language Association of America; Religion and American Culture; Renaissance Quarterly; Review of Middle East Studies; Royal Historical Society Camden Fifth Series; Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements; TDR: The Drama Review; The Mathematical Gazette; Think; World Politics; Yearbook for Traditional Music.

Which article types are eligible?

Research, Review Articles and Rapid Communications (RRR), Plus Brief Report and Case Reports article types, which are often linked to research articles, accepted between 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2024 are eligible.

There are no caps on the number of waivers in both the first (2021) and the second (2022) years of this deal. 

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers.

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system. 

More information

Further information can be found via the CUP step-by-step guide to publishing open access in Cambridge journals available on this page.

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

Cold Spring Harbor Journals - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

From1st January 2021 – 31st December 2022, St George’s is participating in the Cold Spring Harbor Journals Read & Publish Transitional Agreement 2021-2022, negotiated by Jisc Collections. This means SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on original research papers can have their work published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges.  Artciles accepted between 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2022 are eligible. There will be no cap on the number of articles that can be published this way for the duration of the deal.

Which journals are included?

The journals included in the agreement for read and publish are:

  • Genes & Development
  • Genome Research
  • Learning & Memory
  • RNA
Which journals are excluded?

SGUL has read access only under the agreement to the following journals:

  • CSH Protocols
  • CSH Perspectives in Biology
  • CSH Perspectives in Medicine
How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system. 

More information

Further information can be found via the publisher website.

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

Company of Biologists - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

St George’s is participating in the Company of BiologistsRead and Publish agreement negotiated by Jisc Collections. The agreement for 1st January 2020 – 31st December 2021 included publishing in the Societies three subscription journals. The agreement from January 1st 2022 - December 31st 2024 includes  publishing  under CC-BY licence in their pure OA titles as well as their subscription journals. There will be no cap on the number of articles that can be published this way for the duration of the deal.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in Society’s three subscription journals and two fully OA journals:

  • Biology Open (new for 2022-2024)
  • Development
  • Disease Models & Mechanisms (new for 2022-2024)
  • Journal of Cell Science
  • The Journal of Experimental Biology
Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles & review articles (not book reviews)

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers 

In order to be recognised as eligible, authors must be listed as corresponding authors, and ensure that their institutional affiliation and institutional e-mail address is correctly entered in the publisher’s submission system. 

More information

For further information, see the publisher's guide for authors page.

Contact open access before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

eLife
What is the arrangement?

This journal is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. While there is no specific deal for this journal and there is an open access publication fee of $3,000, eLife does operate a waiver scheme.

How to apply

Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

More information

See Publication fees FAQ.

Elsevier - Read and Publish 2022-2024 (new for 2022)
What is the agreement?

Under this agreement, negotiated on behalf of the sector by Jisc, SGUL retains access to our existing Elsevier subscriptions, and SGUL corresponding authors now have the option to publish OA in all eligible Core Hybrid, Cell Press and The Lancet journals. Articles must have an acceptance date between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2024.

There are two ways that SGUL corresponding authors can benefit from this deal:

1] Obtain a 15% reduction on all OA fees in these fully gold OA journals (during subscription years 2022 and 2023): Elsevier: Jisc Collections: Elsevier Read and Publish Agreement 2022-2024 (Fully Gold titles)

Please ensure you know how you are going to pay the remainder of the open access charges before you submit to the journal.

2]  Publish open access under a Creative Commons licence in Elsevier's Core hybrid journals, Cell Press and The Lancet journals: Elsevier: Jisc Collections: Elsevier Read and Publish Agreement 2022-2024 (Publishing list)

There are no caps on the number of articles that can be published OA under this deal for Core Hybrid, Cell Press and The Lancet Journals.

Which journals are included?

As well as information on the lists above, Elsevier have produced a journal look up tool which is on the web page here.

Which journals are excluded?

There are a number of non-eligible titles, listed on this spreadsheet, including the following titles:

  • Blood
  • Journal of the American College of Cardiology
  • JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging
  • JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions
  • JACC: Heart Failure
  • JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology
Which articles are eligible?

In core hybrid journals: Research and Review articles are covered, as are Case Reports / Data in Brief / Microarticle / Original Software Publication / Protocol / Replication Study / Short Communication / Short Survey / Video Article / Practice Guideline.

In Cell Press and in The Lancet journals: some exceptions apply.  Please check article type eligibility on this list.

Eligibility criteria

The author must be the submitting corresponding author affiliated with SGUL, and submit using their SGUL email address.

Articles must have an acceptance date between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2024. 

If your article was accepted after 1st January 2022, but before this deal came into effect (for SGUL this was around the start of April 2022), we will shortly be updating this information and giving further guidance on any potential changes possible to the article licence, or partial refund of OA fees already paid.

How to apply

Once your article has been accepted for publication in a participating journal, you will receive an email containing a link to what Elsevier describe as the “post-acceptance author journey”. When you select your publishing options, your affiliation with SGUL will be validated by the Library, and you will be informed if the open access fee will be covered by the agreement.

If your funder requires a rights retention statement in your manuscript on submission, Elsevier have advised us that they do not intend to reject or reroute submitted manuscripts or divert manuscripts to alternative journals due to including a rights retention statement when the version of record is published OA via the agreement. Examples of funders requiring a rights retention statement are Wellcome, UKRI and Gates Foundation.

More information

If you are planning on submitting to an Elsevier journal and considering publishing open access, please get in touch with us before submission should you want to check that the journal is in the scheme, or about the discount for publication in wholly OA journals.

European Respiratory Society - Read and Publish (updated 2022)
What is the agreement?

Following SGULs' participation in the European Respiratory Society and Jisc’s Read and Publish agreement 2020-21, SGUL is participating again for January 1st 2022- December 31st 2023.

Two extra titles are included, so this means that for research articles accepted in the European Respiratory Journal after 1st January 2020 (other than editorials and ERS Documents/Task Force),  and now also research articles accepted for publication in ERJ Open Research and European Respiratory Review from 1st January 2022, where an SGUL researcher is the corresponding author, the article will be published under CC-BY licence at no further cost to SGUL. There will be no cap on the number of articles that can be published this way for the duration of the deal.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in the Society’s flagship journal European Respiratory Journal, ERJ Open Research and European Respiratory Review.  

Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

In order to be recognised as eligible, authors must be listed as corresponding authors.

The publisher asks us to make authors aware that to be recognized as Eligible Authors for open access, they should be prepared to take on the responsibilities of corresponding author, and ensure that their institutional affiliation and institutional e-mail address is correctly entered in the publisher’s submission system. 

More information

For further information, see the European Respiratory Journal Instructions for authors or the European Respiratory Journal Author FAQs

Contact open access before submission to the journal if you need further advice.

Gates Open Research - publishing platform for Gates funded researchers
What is the arrangement?

The funder-based open publishing platform Gates Open Research publishes scholarly articles reporting any basic scientific, translational, applied and clinical research (including quantitative and qualitative studies) that has been funded (or co-funded) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It offers fast open access publication under the CC-BY licence, open peer review, and deposit and indexing in PubMed and other major bibliographic databases.

How to apply

St George’s researchers funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can publish on Gates Open Research without direct cost. Each publication must have at least one author who has been, or still is, a recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant.

Find out how the publishing process works here.

More information

Contact open access if you need further guidance.

 

Microbiology Society (formerly Society of General Microbiology) - Read and Publish (updated 2022)
What is the agreement?

Following a pilot for two years from 1st January 2020 Dec 2021, SGUL has renewed our participation in the Society’s Publish & Read dealfor a further year, until end December 2022. This means that for any articles accepted after this date and where an SGUL researcher is the corresponding author, the article will be published under CC-BY licence at no extra charge to SGUL. There will be no cap on the number of articles that can be published this way for the duration of the deal.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in all the Society’s titles:

  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Journal of General Virology
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • Microbiology
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Access Microbiology (now publishes Case reports, as JMM Case Reports is no longer active)
Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles & review articles (not book reviews)

Eligibility criteria

Further information on which institutions have signed up for a Publish and Read agreement with the Society can be found here

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

As corresponding author of the article, you must identify yourself by using your SGUL institutional email address throughout the submission process. The publisher asks us to make authors aware that to be recognized as Eligible Authors for open access, they should be prepared to take on the responsibilities of corresponding author.

At acceptance, the journal team will check submissions to ensure they agree with the author’s eligibility claim. 

The Microbiology Society has produced an author guide, along with other resources for the read and publish deal, which can be found here.

More information

Contact open access before submission to the journal if you need further advice.

The Microbiology Society can be contacted via email

Nature
Nature branded journal titles such as Nature, Nature Communications, Nature Cell Biology are not currently covered by a read and publish deal.  Springer Nature negotiations are ongoing, as the Springer Compact Read and Publish agreement, and the Nature Portfolio agreement (currently a read only agreement), are both expiring 31st December 2022. 

While these negotiations continue, there has been an update from Jisc (28 July 2022):  Springer Nature's revised application for Jisc-approved transformative journal status accepted.

What does this mean?

Nature’s wholly OA journals:

  • It continues to be the case that UKRI funds may be used to pay for OA publication fees in Nature’s wholly OA journals.

Nature’s hybrid (subscription) journals:

  • Following the Jisc update, UKRI funds may also be used to pay for open access publication in Nature’s hybrid (subscription) journals, as they are now deemed 'transformative journals'
  • With UKRI, or other funders who require the inclusion of a rights retention statement on submission, you have a choice whether you meet your funder open access mandate by either depositing your AAM under CC-BY in a repository (no open access publishing fee required) or pay for the publisher version to be published under CC-BY.

Some of the OA publication fees for these journals can be very high.

It is important that you contact us before submission to these journals if you are considering open access publication, whether you are acknowledging funding or not, so that your request can be reviewed before any fees are incurred.

Nature Guided OA pilot.

Authors submitting to Nature Genetics, and Nature Methods and Nature Physics have an option to submit via the Nature Guided OA Pilot (the guided open access pilot was closed for a while, as Springer evaluated the pilot, which they are now continuing).

Under the Nature Guided OA pilot route for publication, if your article passes an initial quality check, an Editorial Assessment Charge will be levied, plus a top-up open access fee later depending on the article proceeding to publication.

If your article acknowledges research funding you can apply for funder monies to pay the Editorial Assessment Charge OA fee and the subsequent top-up open access fee, or to the institutional fund. The availability of funding from funders and institutional funding is limited, so please contact us if you are considering submission via the Nature Guided OA pilot, as funding is not guaranteed.

NIHR Open Research – publishing platform for NIHR funded researchers

What is the arrangement?

The funder-based open publishing platform NIHR Open Research will allow for fast publication and open peer review for NIHR-funded researchers, as well as offering editorial guidance on making all source data openly available.

The platform publishes a range of article types (including research articles, case reports and systematic reviews), and authors will benefit from the much lower open access publication fees compared to many more longer established journals.

Each publication must have at least one author who has been or still is an NIHR grant recipient.

How to apply

Please read the guidance on publishing policies for NIHR Open Research.

More information

Contact open access if you need further guidance.

Open Research Europe - publishing platform for Horizon funded researchers
What is the arrangement?

The funder-based open publishing platform Open Research Europe allows for fast publication and open peer review for research conducted by Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries.

The platform publishes a range of article types (including research articles, study protocols, case reports and systematic reviews). There are no fees for publication for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries and all publication costs are covered by the European Commission.

How to apply

Please read the guidance at submit your research  and there is more detailed information  on publishing policies (pdf) for all subject areas on Open Research Europe.

More information

Contact open access if you need further guidance.

Oxford University Press (OUP) Journals - Read and Publish (updated 2022)
What is the agreement?

From 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2023, St George’s is participating in the Oxford University Press (OUP) read and publish deal negotiated by Jisc Collections.

SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on original research papers can have their work published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges.

Please be sure to select the licence as required by your funder. 

Which journals are included?

The journals included in this deal can be found here.

Which journals are excluded?
  • Astronomy & Geophysics
  • Children & Schools
  • European Heart Journal Supplements
  • Health and Social Work
  • Itnow
  • JNCI Monographs
  • Journal of American History
  • Reports of Patent, Design and Trade Mark Cases
  • Shakespeare Quarterly
  • Social Work
  • Social Work Research
  • The American Historical Review
  • The Library
  • The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
  • The Year’s Work in English Studies
  • Western Historical Quarterly
Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles, review articles, case reports and brief reports accepted and received into production between 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2023 are eligible.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system. 

More information

Information and step by step guidance from OUP Journals is available here .

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

PeerJ journals
What is the arrangement?

While there is no specific deal for St George’s researchers, it is much cheaper to publish in Peer J journals than with more established publishers. Work published in PeerJ is published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.

More information

See PeerJ’s publication prices and author instructions.

PLOS publishing agreement 2021-2023 (updated 2022)
What is the agreement?

This agreement allows for open access publication in PLOS journals for articles submitted from 01 April 2021 . The number of articles which can be published under this agreement is uncapped.

Which journals are included?

During 2021, PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine were not covered by SGUL's agreement with PLOS.

New for 2022: PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine are now covered by our PLOS publishing agreement. Eligible authors can request open access fee waivers in  for articles accepted in these journals from 1st January 2022.

This is in addition to waiver for publication in PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS Pathogens, plus the  five journals launched in 2021: PLOS Climate, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation,  PLOS Water. The entry for SGUL on this PLOS webpage shows eligible titles.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

In order to be recognised as eligible, SGUL authors must be the corresponding author, and ensure that their institutional affiliation and institutional e-mail address is correctly entered in the publisher’s submission system throughout the submission process. 

More information

For further information please see the PLOS FAQ webpage

Contact open access before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

Rockefeller University Press - Read and Publish (updated 2022)
What is the agreement?

From 1st March 2020 – 28th February 2022, St George’s participated in the Rockefeller University Press (RUP) and Jisc’s read-and-publish transitional deal. We are renewing this deal until the end of December 2023. This means that for any articles accepted in one of the journals below after 1st January 2020 and where an SGUL researcher is the corresponding author, the article will be published under CC-BY licence at no further cost to SGUL. There will be no cap on the number of articles that can be published this way for the duration of the deal. The fully open access journal Life Science Alliance which RUP co-publish with EMBO Press, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is not part of this deal.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in their three subscription journals: 

Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles & review articles (not book reviews)

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

In order to be recognised as eligible, SGUL authors must be the corresponding author, and ensure that their institutional affiliation and institutional e-mail address is correctly entered in the publisher’s submission system throughout the submission process. 

More information

For further information, see the publisher’s page which lists the other UK institutions participating in this agreement. 

Contact open access before submission to these journals if you need further advice.
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

From1st January 2021 – 31st December 2022, St George’s is participating in the RCGP Journals read and publish transitional agreement 2021-2022 pilot, negotiated by Jisc Collections.

SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on original research papers can have their work published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges.

Which journals are included?

The journals included in this deal are:

  • British Journal of General Practice
  • BJGP Open
Which journals are excluded?

InnovAiT is published by Sage on behalf of RCGP.  Please see Sage entry on this page for discount information.

Which articles are eligible?

Original research and review articles. There is no cap on the number of waivers under this deal.

How to apply?

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system. 

More information

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

 

Sage - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

From 01 January 2020 to 31 December 2022, St George’s is participating in the SAGE Journals read-and-publish (R&P) deal negotiated by Jisc Collections.

There are two ways that SGUL corresponding authors can benefit from this deal:

1] Obtain a 20% discount off the list price for open access publication in SAGE Journals’ wholly Gold OA journals

Jisc list of fully OA titles eligible for discount.

Please ensure you know how you are going to pay the remainder of the open access charges before you submit to the journal.

Also, if a full fee has been paid, the publisher will not be able to refund or part refund an APC where the discount has not been requested.

2] Publish open access under a Creative Commons licence in SAGE Choice (hybrid) journals  at no extra charge.

Jisc list of hybrid titles eligible for waiver. Titles excluded are listed towards the end of this page  - look for “Journals that do NOT participate in SAGE Choice”

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in their following journal packages:

Please be aware that some of these titles will be eligible for a full fee waiver, whereas others will only be eligible for a 20% discount (see above for details).

Terms general to both:

The authors will retain copyright to all authored open access articles. There is no cap on the number of articles you can publish open access during this agreement. This discount cannot be combined with other discounts.

Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles & review articles (not book reviews)

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

The corresponding author should be an SGUL researcher, use their SGUL email when corresponding with the journal, and acknowledge SGUL as an affiliated institution.

Invitations to interact and register with the portal will be sent via automated emails once an article has been accepted following the normal peer review process. Requests via the publishers system will be routed to the Library for verification of your status as an SGUL researcher.

You may be offered a choice of publication under CC-BY or CC-BY-NC licence. If your research article is reporting on research arising from a grant the funder of which requires open access publication, please be sure to: acknowledge the funder(s) and grant(s) in your paper and in the publisher system, and select the CC-BY licence where required.

More information

See SAGE Open Access

If you are planning on submitting to a SAGE journal and considering publishing open access, please get in touch with us before submission should you want to check that the journal is in the scheme, or for the code that is needed for the discount for publication in wholly OA journals.

Springer Open (fully OA journals)

Please contact us if you are considering submitting to any of the Springer Open journals.

Springer Compact / UK (Springer subscription journals) - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

The UK Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement from Jan 2019 – Dec 2021 was updated in 2021 for 1st January 2021 – to 31st December 2022 (re-negotiated nationally by Jisc Collections).  This allowed for open access publication waivers in some additional journals, and the article cap* was increased.

Eligible St George’s, University of London authors have the option to publish under a CC-BY licence in many Springer subscription journals at no direct cost to the author.

Which journals are included?

The journals included are many of Springer’s subscription journals that allow for open access publication of individual articles (these are known as ‘hybrid’ journals).

A full list of Springer journals included in this agreement can be found by going to the Springer open access agreement for the UK web page and clicking on the list of hybrid journals that are included in the deal (this will open a spreadsheet - please be sure to click on the Publishing list tab).

Which journals are excluded?

* Please note: Nature Research Journals do not fall under the Springer Compact/Read and Publish deals for the purposes of OA waivers.  

Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles & review articles (not book reviews), Brief Communication, Continuing Education.

Eligibility criteria

If you can say yes to these statements, you are eligible:

  1. My article has been accepted by a journal included in the UK Read and Publish agreement.

  2. I am the corresponding author.

  3. I am affiliated with an eligible UK institution/university. See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

  4. My article matches one of these types: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication or Continuing Education.

How to apply

Once your article is accepted by Springer, they will send you as the corresponding author a link to an online ‘My Publication’ form where you will be asked to state your affiliation and agree to the open access terms.

You will need to identify yourself as an eligible author in at least one of the following ways:

  1. Selecting St George's, University of London from the dropdown list

  2. Using your St George's, University of London institutional email address

  3. Completing the form within St George's, University of London network

During the article production process, Springer and the St George’s Library will verify your eligibility for an open access fee waiver.

More information

Further information can be found in the Springer guide for corresponding authors  

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

*cap on number of waivers is set at a national level over the length of the deal.

Taylor & Francis - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

Following expiry of the previous deal (which allowed for 75% discount for a limited number of articles), a new read and publish deal has been negotiated with Taylor & Francis (T&F) by Jisc Collections . The new deal  covers original research papers accepted between 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2023. St George’s is participating in this deal.

SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on original research papers can have their work published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges. 

Please be sure to select the licence as required by your funder. 

There will be a cap at a national level on articles that can be published open access under this deal.

Which journals are included?

All journals listed in this list:

Taylor & Francis: Jisc Collections: Transformative Agreement 2021-2023

Which journals are excluded?

Fully open access titles are excluded.

Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles accepted for publication between 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2023 are eligible. Other types of paper, such as editorials, announcements, and book reviews, are not covered by this agreement.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system. 

More information

Further information here and this graphical overview 'Open your research in 5 steps' (pdf)

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

Wellcome Open Research - publishing platform for Wellcome funded researchers
What is the arrangement?

The funder-based open publishing platform Wellcome Open Research publishes scholarly articles reporting any basic scientific, translational and clinical research that has been funded (or co-funded) by Wellcome.

It offers fast open access publication under the CC-BY licence, open peer review, and deposit and indexing in PubMed and other major bibliographic databases.

How to apply

Researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust can publish at no direct on Wellcome Open Research (article processing charges will be covered directly by Wellcome.) Each publication must have at least one author who has been, or still is, a recipient of a Wellcome grant.

There is guidance on  how the publishing process works.

More information

Contact open access if you need further guidance.

Wiley - Read and Publish - (updated 2022)
What is the agreement?

From 01 March 2020 to 31 December 2023, St George’s is participating in John Wiley’s read-and-publish (R&P) deal, negotiated by Jisc Collections.

Under this deal, SGUL affiliated researchers who are the 'responsible corresponding author' for original research papers will be able to choose to publish open access under a Creative Commons licence (e.g. CC-BY) license without paying article processing charges. 

Wiley define the responsible corresponding author as: "the author who manages the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process - from submission through publication. This author has the authority to act on behalf of all the co-authors and will also be the contact for inquiries after publication".

Once responsible corresponding author is assigned, Wiley may not reassign this role to another co-author.

If funded by Wellcome and/or Gates Foundation please be sure to include the Rights Retention Statement when you submit your article to the journal. 

Wiley advise that eligible authors who declare original research funding during the licence signing process from a Funder with a CC-BY mandate will only be provided with a CC-BY licence to ensure compliance with Funder mandates. 

Once your article is published, you cannot change your mind about the publication licence you have decided on.

Previous restrictions on waivers in 2021:

The funding available for open access publication is set at a national level on a first-come, first-served basis. Take-up was reviewed by Jisc Collections (2021), and restrictions were in place during 2021 to ensure that funded research could be published open access through to the end of the year*.

These restrictions have been lifted from 01 January 2022.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in their in Hybrid  (xlsx) and Gold Titles(xlsx).  Title list here provided by Jisc  Collections.

Please refer to Notes column in the spreadsheet for further information, or contact openaccess@sgul.ac.uk

Are any journals excluded?

The journals of a small number of Society publishers are excluded. Excluded journals will not appear on the lists above.

Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles & review articles (not book reviews). Other article types e.g. letters, editorials etc. are excluded.

How to apply?

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

You will need to identify yourself as being eligible to the publisher, so please use your SGUL institutional email address, which will help with this.

The institution will verify the eligibility of the responsible corresponding author in the course of the publisher’s publishing workflow.

Please continue to use the St George’s Open Access Fund application form (docx) if you are funded by  UKRI (RCUK), or are not funded by those funders listed above, and contact openaccess@sgul.ac.uk before submission if you have any queries on meeting your funder mandate for open access.

More information

For further information, see the publisher’s page on the open access agreement, and simple steps at how to publish in open access in a hybrid journal  (publishing OA in their subscription journals) and how to publish in a fully open access journal. To find out which other institutions are participating in this agreement by looking on the ‘Check your eligibility’ section on this Wiley webpage.

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

* Restrictions in effect between 01 July 2021 – 31st December 2021:

  1. From 01 July 2021 – 31st December 2021, waivers for open access publishing were limited to only those eligible articles which arise from and acknowledge grant funding from Wellcome, UKRI (Research Council funders), Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis.
  2. From 1 July 2021 – 31st December 2021, SGUL affiliated researchers who are corresponding authors on  original research articles which are not outputs from above funders were able to claim a 25% discount on open access publication fees.  Please be sure you know how you will pay the remainder of the open access fee after the discount before you submit to publish open access.
Wolters Kluwer (new for 2022)
What is the agreement?

From 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2024, St George's is participating in the Wolters Kluwer read and publish deal, a pilot agreement negotiated by Jisc Collections

SGUL affiliated researchers who are the corresponding author on original research papers can have their work published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges, page or colour charges in selected hybrid (subscription) journals. Fully open access journals are excluded from the agreement. 

Please be sure to select the licence as required by your funder. 

There will be an annual cap on the publishing possible under this deal, based on the publications across the consortium members. Should the article cap be exceeded, this information will be updated with the arrangements that will apply.

Which journals are included?

There is a Jisc list of journals included in this deal as well as a publisher list. The deal covers publication of original research in the following American Heart Association journals: 

  • Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
  • Circulation
  • Circulation Research
  • Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
  • Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions
  • Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
  • Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine
  • Circulation: Heart Failure
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke

(for JAHA – Journal of the American Heart Association, are Gold (wholly open access) journals published by Wiley, please see the Wiley information above).

Which journals are excluded?
  • Journal of the American College of Surgeons
  • JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics
  • JCO Global OncologyJournal of Clinical Oncology
  • JCO Oncology Practice
  • JCO Precision Oncology
Which articles are eligible?

Peer-reviewed research articles, including reviews and conference papers, accepted for publication.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

Corresponding authors should use their St George’s University of London (SGUL) email address, and identify their SGUL affiliation in the publisher’s system.  On acceptance, the corresponding author will be asked to place an open access order in the publisher’s payment portal, where they will be able to request the open access publication fee be funded under this agreement, and where approved a $0.00 will be applied.

More information

Please contact the Library via our open access email address before submission to these journals if you need further advice.

Information from the publisher on the Wolters Kluwer/JISC Agreement is here, and there are some general OA FAQs

Green open access (making your final accepted manuscript available)

Bear in mind that if you cannot opt to pay an article processing charge (APC), many journals permit you to make your final accepted manuscript available via a repository, at no charge, usually following an embargo period from the date of publication. The embargo period is normally between 6-12 months. Again, if you are acknowledging a specific funder, check first that the journal’s embargo period doesn’t exceed the maximum your funder allows.

Some funders require that you include a Rights Retention Statement in the submitted manuscript and in any cover letter or note accompanying the submission. This notifies the publisher that any author accepted MS can be made available under CC-BY licence on publication, without further embargo. For instance, cOAlitionS funders have made the following guidance available. 

St George’s repository is SORA. All St George’s researchers have a CRIS profile and can deposit their papers into SORA using the CRIS. There are other external subject repositories (eg EPMC for medical papers). By using this route to open access, funders may specify a maximum embargo period (six months, for example) which you would need to check that the journal will allow. Publisher policies around open access can be found by looking them up on the SHERPA RoMEO service.

Read more on green open access on the main Open Access FAQs web page.

Contacts

For all enquiries about open access, email open access.

 

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