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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 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 the six health charities which make 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. 
  • UoN-affiliated authors whose work is not funded by the Research Councils or COAF will need to identify a source of funding to cover the balance of the APC following any discount.

Please see our Requesting Open Access Funding page for more information.

How do I obtain a discount code?

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 BioMed Central (BMC)/SpringerOpen journals is slightly different (see table below).

The appropriate discount code can only be released to you after your form is approved by the Open Access team, to ensure adequate funding is in place. 

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.
Publisher discounts for UoN authors
BioMed Central (BMC) or SpringerOpen GBP 625–2,570 15%

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  1,000–3,000 15% Some titles do not charge an APC for open access.
De Gruyter EUR 500– 1500 20% For more information, please refer to De Gruyter's home page and its pages on open access and how to apply open access discounts on articles
Frontiers USD 450–2,950 5%

Gold open access webform to be submitted on acceptance of article.

All titles are fully open access journals.

MDPI CHF 300–1,800 10%

Some titles do not charge an APC for open access.

All titles are fully open access journals.

Oxford University Press GBP 1000-2,500 5%

Gold open access webform to be submitted on acceptance of article.

For more information, please visit OUP’s OA and Subscription deals webpage or read their FAQs for Authors.

List of hybrid journals included in the agreement.

PeerJ GBP 835 10%  
Royal Society GBP 900–1,700 25%  
SAGE USD 3,000 Discount applies to SAGE Choice titles only. Flat fee of GBP 200 (or GBP 400 if after publication).
Springer Compact

 USD 3,000


Discount applies to eligible Springer Open Choice titles only (hybrid journals).

The agreement only covers UoN authors based in the UK (UNUK).

Please read Springer’s Guide for corresponding authors.

Taylor & Francis GBP 1,895 10% Price quoted is the standard APC for T&F Open Select journals; APCs for T&F Open journals vary.
Wiley GBP 355–4,200  25%

For more information about how to request open access from Wiley, please see their guide for authors.

Some fully open access titles may request our institutional prepayment code on submission instead of acceptance of your article.

Last edited: 30/10/2019






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