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There are an increasing number of open access publication fee waivers or discounts available to St George’s, University of London (St George's) 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, gives guidance on how to take advantage of read and publish deals, and explains what funding options may be available.

 

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 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.

 

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American Physiological Society - Read and Publish - New for 2021
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?
  • 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
  • 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. 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 arrangment?

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 (recently 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 currenlty 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 - New for 2021
What is the agreement?

From1st January 2021 – 31st December 2021, St George’s is participating in the BMJ Publishing Group publish and read pilot, negotiated by Jisc Collections.

This deal does not include open access waivers for publishing in the BMJ. Please refer to information below on which journals are included and excluded.

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, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis, UKRI, or Wellcome Trust 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 here.  

Which journals are excluded?

All fully Open Access titles are excluded. Also excluded are the titles below:

BMJ

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health (previously published as Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care)

BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning

BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

DTB

European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy: Science & Practice

In Practice

Journal of ISAKOS

Journal of Investigative Medicine (Decker Publishing)

Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps

The Veterinary Record

Veterinary Record Case Reports 

Which articles are eligible?

Original articles reporting on primary research accepted between 01 January 2021 – 31 December 2021 are eligible.

A publishing Fund cap applies to this agreement at a consortia level. The waivers are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Wellcome Trust compliance: Should the cap be reached in 2021, to ensure compliance with Wellcome’s open access policy, which came into effect 1st January 2021, BMJ will waive the APC for eligible Wellcome funded articles that are accepted for publication after the date of the cap being reached, allowing the version of record to be available with CC-BY licence applied.

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 Agreement.

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 - New for 2021
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.    

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 is no cap on the number of waivers in the first year (2021) 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 - New for 2021
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
  • RNALearning & Memory
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?

From 1st January 2020 – 31st December 2021, St George’s is participating in the Company of Biologists and Jisc’s Read and Publish agreement. 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.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in Society’s three subscription journals:

  • Development
  • 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 $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.

European Respiratory Society - Read and Publish
What is the agreement?

From 1st January 2020 – 31st December 2021, St George’s is participating in the European Respiratory Society and Jisc’s Read and Publish agreement. This means that for articles accepted in the European Respiratory Journal 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.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in the Society’s flagship journal European Respiratory Journal only.  

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, 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
What is the agreement?

From 1st January 2020, St George’s has signed up to the Society’s Publish & Read deal. 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, and the agreement is a pilot for a two year period, Jan 2020-Dec 2021.

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.

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

More information

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

The Microbiology Society can be contacted via email

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

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

Open Research Europe will be accepting article submissions from autumn 2020, with the official launch planned for early 2021.

The platform will publish a range of article types (including research articles, 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 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 - New for 2021
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; Health and Social Work; Holocaust And Genocide Studies; Itnow; Journal of American History; Music Theory Spectrum; OAH Magazine of History

Reports of Patent, Design and Trade Mark Cases; Shakespeare Quarterly; Social Work; Social Work Research; Sociology of Religion; The American Historical Review; 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 and review articles 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

Further information will be added here when available.

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 - New for 2021
What is the agreement?

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

Which journals are included?

Five established journals: PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS Pathogens .

SGUL’s researchers who are corresponding authors can also apply for waivers in the following  five new journals launching in 2021: PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Water, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, PLOS Climate. 

Which journals are excluded?

PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine.

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
What is the agreement?

From 1st March 2020 – 28th February 2022, St George’s is participating in the Rockefeller University Press (RUP) and Jisc’s read-and-publish transitional deal. 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 - New for 2021
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?

Important: Please use your SGUL email address in the publisher’s system otherwise your eligibility as a corresponding author for OA waiver or discount under this deal may not be verified.

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

Titles excluded are listed towards the end of this page  - look for “Journals that do NOT participate in SAGE Choice”

If you have had papers published in SAGE Choice journals since 1st Jan 2020, it may be possible to retrospectively convert these to Open Access, provide authors sign SAGE’s OA agreement. This offer to convert article to OA can be taken up until 1st June 2020. Please note: For this conversion to be made possible, the author needs to have identified their SGUL affiliation (and so eligibility). Where this hasn’t happened, conversation to Open Access will be at SAGE’s sole discretion. Also, once proofs have been issued, SAGE can only retro convert the article to open access for a £400 charge.

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

Titles excluded: There are a small number of exclusions where SAGE is contractually prevented from offering this discount. We expect a list of excluded journals to be available from the publisher soon.

Please ensure you know how you are going to pay the remainder of the open access charges before you submit to the journal. Once paid, the publisher will not be able to refund or part refund an APC where the discount has not been requested.

Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in their following journal packages:

Which articles are eligible?

Original research articles & review articles (not book reviews)

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.

How to apply

See Who can apply for open access fee waivers

If you are planning on submitting to a SAGE journal and considering publishing open access option, please get in touch with us before submission and we can check that the journal is in the scheme, and give you the code that is needed to take advantage of any reduction in OA fees in wholly OA journals.

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

Authors: Invitations to interact and register with the portal will be sent via automated emails once your 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

Science Advances (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.

For articles submitted to AAAS journals from 01 Jan 2021, on a trial basis AAAS will allow authors funded by cOAlition S organizations to place a CC BY or a CC BY-ND license on their accepted manuscripts. To comply with your funder’s open access mandate this way, 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.

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.

Springer Open (fully OA journals)

See entry above for BioMed Central (BMC).

Springer Compact / UK (Springer subscription journals) - Read and Publish - updated 2021
What is the agreement?

The UK Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement from Jan 2019 – Dec 2021 has been updated for 1st January 2021 – to 31st December 2022 (re-negotiated nationally by Jisc Collections).

A key benefit is that it now allows for open access publication waivers in some additional journals, and the article cap* has been increased.

So for eligible St George’s, University of London authors, this means that for many Springer subscription journals that offer an option to publish under a CC-BY licence , no separate fee will be charged to St George’s.

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 UK Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement page and clicking on the Hybrid journal list.

Which journals are excluded?

* Please note: Authors submitting to Nature Genetics, and Nature Methods and Nature Physics may see an option to submit via the Nature Guided OA Pilot. Nature Research Journals do not fall under the Springer Compact/Read and Publish deals for the purposes of OA waivers. Should you opt to follow 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. So you need to be sure that the funds are available for the Editorial Assessment Charge  before you opt to participate in the Nature Guided OA Pilot.

If your article acknowledges research funding you could 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 before you submit if you are considering opting into the Nature Guided OA pilot.

If you are acknowledging Wellcome funding on your primary, original research article, Wellcome have indicated at present that their funds can be used to support the Editorial Assessment Charge as well as the top-up APC.

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 - (updated 2021)
What is the agreement?

Following expiry of the previous deal earlier this year (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 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

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Wiley - Read and Publish - (updated 2021)
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 corresponding author on 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. 

Please be sure to select the licence as required by your funder, and if funded by Wellcome and/or Gates Foundation to include the Rights Retention Statement when you submit your article to the journal. 

Upcoming restrictions on waivers:

The funding available for open access publication is set at a national level on a first-come, first-served basis. Take-up has been reviewed by Jisc Collections (2021).

  1. From 01 July 2021 – 31st December 2021, waivers for open access publishing will be 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 are 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.
Which journals are included?

The agreement covers publishing in their in Hybrid  (xlsx) and Gold Titles(xlsx).

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 a corresponding author in the course of the publisher’s publishing workflow.     

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

Also remember, if you have received funding from a research funder with an open access mandate, CC-BY is the required publication licence unless there is a compliant green route.  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.  Wellcome and/or Gates Foundation also require the Rights Retention Statement to be included when you submit your article to the journal.

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 explaining how to publish open access with Wiley under this deal, and steps at How to Order Online Open. 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.

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 FAQs web page.

Contacts

For all enquiries about open access, email open access.

 

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