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Open access charges can vary considerably. This page gives information on publishing options and discounts available to St George’s researchers.

An average article processing charge for open access publication is around £2,424 (based on 2017-18 data analysed by the Wellcome Trust in 2018) but this can vary significantly depending on the journal. Current charges should be advertised on publisher websites, for example via the ‘instructions for authors’.

Funds available

If your research article is acknowledging research grants:

  • St George’s, University of London has funds from RCUK (now UKRI) and Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) funders to help pay for open access fees for papers acknowledging their grant, and we may be able to authorise payment of an open access publication charge (See Charity Open Access Fund FAQs and RCUK FAQs for how to access these funds).

  • The journal you chose to publish in must be one that has an open access option that complies with the funder requirements – you can check this by using the SHERPA-FACT service (funders and authors compliance tool).

  • There may be other funding available for open access charges from other funders. Your grants officer in the JRES will be able to advise you.

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 discounts?

St George’s researchers are eligible for discounts. St George’s researchers are:

  • St George’s, University of London staff

  • St George’s, University of London students

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff with honorary status.

The corresponding author should apply using their St George’s email, which will help identify them to the publisher as being at an institution eligible for the discount.

How to apply

  • Please refer the information and links in the page below for specific guidance.

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

  • Approval for the fee and a St George’s purchase order will need to be generated before an invoice is raised.


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AMRC Open Research
What is the deal?

The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is providing the publishing platform AMRC Open Research so that all researchers funded by the participating AMRC member charities can rapidly publish their results and share data at much lower fees compared to many traditional journals. Work published will also benefit from open peer review. A list of the charities and other information is on the 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
What is the deal?

Corresponding authors are entitled to a 50% discount on open access fees for the following Bioscientifica journals, on the basis that St George’s holds a current subscription:

  • Endocrine-Related Cancer

  • European Journal of Endocrinology

  • Journal of Endocrinology

  • Journal of Molecular Endocrinology

  • Reproduction.

Please note from 2019 St George’s no longer has access to the 10% discount on the open access fee for Endocrine Connections, due to the Independent Scholarly Publishers Group agreement being withdrawn. Individual members of the Society for Endocrinology qualify for a 40% discount on the APC for Endocrine Connections.

How to apply

Corresponding authors need to apply for the discount when submitting their article.

More information

Bioscientifica open access policy

BioMed Central (BMC) / SpringerOpen

Due to continued poor value for money, St George’s will not be renewing this agreement in 2019. The agreement gave St George’s researchers a 15% discount on open access fees in BMC or SpringerOpen journals. (List of BMC journal titles available. List of SpringerOpen journal titles available.)

Please contact open access if you require further information.

BMJ Case Reports
What is the deal?

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.

What is the deal?

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 $2,500, 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.

Independent Scholarly Publishers Group
What was the deal?

A minimum of a 10% discount was being offered on open access charges for these journals: Bone and Joint Research, Breathe, CBE – Life Sciences Education, EFORT Open Reviews, Endocrine Connections, ERJ Open Research, European Respiratory Review and Genes|Genomes|Genetics.

This agreement has been withdrawn due to the managing agent going into administration.

More information

Please contact open access if you have already submitted to publish open access with these journals.

Microbiology Society (formerly Society of General Microbiology)
What is the deal?

Discounts have been available to members of the society and to corresponding authors whose institutions subscribe to a journal published by the society, and for 2019, the society has introduced an offsetting initiative giving a 30% discount on any article processing charge (APC) for corresponding authors from subscribing institutions which take all four subscription titles, as St George’s does:

  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology

  • Journal of General Virology

  • Journal of Medical Microbiology

  • Microbiology.

The 30% discount on any APC also applies to the following fully open access titles published by the society:

  • Microbial Genomics

  • Access Microbiology

  • JMM Case Reports.

How to apply

Contact journal sales at the Microbiology Society.

More information

Please see the Microbiology Society open access pricing page for further information.

What is the deal?

While there is no specific deal for St George’s researchers, it is much cheaper to publish in Peer J 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.

What is the deal?

St George’s subscribes to a journal package from Sage Publishing and the publisher has reduced its gold article processing charges (APCs) for articles in many (but not all) of their journals to just £200.

How to apply

If you are planning on submitting to a Sage journal and considering the open access option, please get in touch with us and we can check that the journal is in the scheme.

More information

See Sage Choice.

Science Advances (AAAS)
What is the deal?

St George’s has a subscription which offers our authors a 10% discount on the open access charge for publishing in Science Advances.

How to apply

To obtain the discount, 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.

More information

Contact Science Advances by email.

SpringerOpen (fully OA journals)

See entry above for BioMed Central (BMC).

SpringerOpen Choice (Springer's subscription-based journals)
What is the deal?

St George’s currently subscribes to a journal agreement from Springer which waives APCs for journals in the Springer Open Choice programme for all St George’s authors who are the corresponding author on the paper.

This means that for many Springer subscription journals that offer an option to publish under a CC-BY licence (those in the Springer Open Choice programme), no separate fee will be charged to St George’s*.

A full list of open choice journals can be found by going to Open access agreement for UK authors and clicking on the second link under the heading “Which institutions and Springer journals are covered by the OA agreement?”

Please note: Nature journals, BioMed Central and Springer Open (fully open access journals) are NOT included in this deal.

Eligibility criteria

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

  1. My article has been accepted by an open-choice-eligible journal.

  2. I am the corresponding author.

  3. I am affiliated with an eligible UK institution/university.

  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 need to use your St George’s institutional email address and not a private email address as this will help Springer to better identify your eligibility under the agreement.

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

More information

Contact open access if you need further advice.

*Until the funds available under the national deal in force from Jan 2019 to Dec 2021 have been used.

Taylor & Francis
What is the deal?

St George’s has been allocated a 75% reduction on open access publication charges for 11 articles published in Taylor & Francis Open Select titles. These are their hybrid journals – subscription journals that also accept payment to make individual articles immediately open access. The eligible journals are in the Social Science and Humanities and Science and Technology libraries. The discounts will not apply to journal titles in their Medical library. It’s anticipated this deal will be in place until end December 2020.

How to apply

Where the corresponding author is at St George’s, these discounts will be available to us on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the article is accepted and the open access option is chosen, the journal will contact the corresponding author for invoicing details. Please be sure you know where the funding will come from for the remainder of the open access fee after the discount, before you select the open access option.

More information

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

Wellcome Open Research
What is the deal?

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 has been established for over a year, and 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 Wellcome Trust can publish for free on Wellcome Open Research. Each publication must have at least one author who has been, or still is, a recipient of a Wellcome grant.

Read Wellcome Open Research’s anniversary blog post to discover more about what has been published over the first year, and find out how the publishing process works.

More information

Contact open access if you need further guidance.

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.

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 page.


For all enquiries about open access, email open access.


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