APC discounts for authors
Can I get a discount on article processing charges (APCs)?
The University of Nottingham has a number of agreements with certain publishers that provide discounts on article processing charges (APCs). The table below shows the current discounts available to UK-based University of Nottingham authors and some of the basic terms and conditions which apply.
We recommend you contact firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible to check your eligibility.
(Authors at University of Nottingham Ningbo China and University of Nottingham Malaysia should check eligibility for discounts as some agreements apply to UK-based authors only.)
The University receives block grants from the UK Research Councils (formerly grouped as RCUK but now part of UK Research and Innovation) and some of the six health charities formerly making up the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) to cover the costs of open access publishing.
- UoN-affiliated authors whose work has been funded by these funders may be eligible to have the entire APC paid from the block grants. Please visit our OA Funding webpage for more information.
- UoN-affiliated authors whose work is not funded by the Research Councils or health charities will need to identify a source of funding to cover the balance of the APC following any discount.
How do I obtain a discount?
When your article is accepted for publication, please complete the University of Nottingham gold open access webform. Please note that the process for articles submitted to journals published by BioMed (BMC)/Springer Open, Frontiers and Wiley journals is slightly different (see table below).
If the journal publishing your article requests a ‘verification code’ or ‘institutional membership code’ from you, this relates to an arrangement with the publisher for a partial APC discount. Please note that we can only release the relevant code to you after your gold open access webform is approved by the Open Access team, to ensure adequate funding is in place to cover the balance of the APC.
To avoid delays in processing your application, please read our user guide to ensure all required information is provided.
The information below is subject to change. Always check APCs and discounts with your publisher.
If you cannot find your journal publisher below, check our transformative agreements page, for an agreement which covers the full cost of the APC.
Publisher discounts for UoN authors
APC discounts for authors
| Publisher|| APC|| Discount|| Notes|
|BioMed Central (BMC) or SpringerOpen
||GBP 630 - 3,430
Gold open access webform to be completed on submission of article, not acceptance. All titles are fully open access journals. Some titles do not charge an APC for open access.
For more information, please read the Submission Guidelines for Requesting a Membership Discount.
|British Medical Journal (BMJ)
||GBP 1,800 - 5,000
A partial (15%) APC discount applies in BMJ's fully open access and hybrid titles.
Note: Funded authors may be able to claim a full discount in eligible BMJ hybrid journals: please see our Transformative agreements page for further information.
|Elsevier (including Cell Press and The Lancet)
A partial (15%) APC discount applies in fully open access Elsevier, Cell Press and The Lancet titles. Please read the Elsevier page on the 'Read and Publish' agreement for further details.
Note: UoN corresponding authors can publish open access in hybrid titles at no cost: please see our Transformative agreements page for further information.
||USD 450 - 2,950
Gold open access webform to be completed on submission of article, not acceptance.
All titles are fully open access journals.
||All titles are fully open access journals.
|Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
||GBP 750 - 1,600
A partial (15%) APC discount applies in fully open access RSC titles.
Note: UoN corresponding authors can publish open access in RSC hybrid titles at no cost: please see our Transformative agreements page for further information.
|Taylor & Francis
||GBP 1,500 - 3,000
||100% or 10%
Under the terms of the Taylor & Francis-Jisc open access agreement, and subject to an annual cap, 100% discount applies to research articles in Open Select titles (hybrid journals). Please see our Transformative agreements page for further details.
A 10% discount applies to articles in Fully open access journals. (This discount is offered outside the scope of the Taylor & Francis-Jisc open access agreement.)
Please use the Open Access options finder page to check which journals are Open Select titles and which are fully open access. The page also provides information on article publishing charges (APCs), green OA embargo periods, and which licenses you can choose for your publication.
Upon acceptance of your article, you will receive an email from Taylor & Francis explaining how to claim the relevant discount and the system will guide you through the process.