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Open access discounts and memberships

Open Access at York

To help you pay Open Access article processing charges (APCs), the Library holds discount agreements with major journal publishers.

When publishing with these organisations York affiliated authors are entitled to significant discounts on APCs or, in some cases, don't have to pay an APC at all.

Click on the headings below for more details about the discounts on offer, criteria for eligibility, and information on how to access them.

For more information, please email: openaccesspublishing@york.ac.uk.

Transformative Agreements

"Transformative agreements are those contracts negotiated between institutions and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing, moving from one based on toll access (subscription) to one in which publishers are remunerated a fair price for their open access publishing services." ESAC Initiative

To support the transition to open access, the University has partnered with publishers in transformative agreements. These agreements allow researchers affiliated with York to publish open access at no additional cost. Terms and conditions vary; expand the drop-down boxes below for more information on each agreement.

To be classed as transformative, agreements must meet five requirements set out by Jisc and be registered in the ESAC Transformative Agreement Registry.

BMJ

The University has a deal with BMJ Publishing which allows University of York funded corresponding authors to publish Open Access in certain journals, without incurring any additional fees.

In order to be eligible for the scheme, a paper needs to acknowledge one of the following funders (it is not necessary for the corresponding author to be the holder of the funding - but the corresponding author does need to be affiliated with the University of York):

  • UKRI 
  • Wellcome Trust 
  • British Heart Foundation 
  • Blood Cancer UK 
  • Cancer Research UK 
  • Parkinsons UK 
  • Versus Arthritis 

All papers published under the scheme will be made Open Access immediately on publication under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence and will also be deposited to Europe PubMed Central by BMJ on publication. The deal covers original articles reporting on primary research.

When submitting their manuscript to BMJ, eligible authors should enter the University’s Ringgold ID (8748) and their funder’s Open Funder ID when prompted into BMJ’s submission system. Once the paper has been accepted for publication, BMJ will ask the University Library to confirm that the corresponding author is affiliated with the University of York.

The deal covers the following journals: 

 

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Archives of Disease in Childhood

ADC: Education & Practice

ADC: Fetal & Neonatal

BMJ Quality & Safety

British Journal of Ophthalmology

British Journal of Sports Medicine

Emergency Medicine Journal

BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine

Evidence-Based Mental Health

Evidence-Based Nursing

Frontline Gastroenterology

Gut

Heart

Injury Prevention

Journal of Medical Ethics

Medical Humanities

Journal of Clinical Pathology

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health

Journal of Medical Genetics

Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

Practical Neurology

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Postgraduate Medical Journal

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Thorax

Tobacco Control



Brill

The University has a ‘read and publish’ deal with Brill which means that all journal articles published by York-affiliated corresponding authors will be published Open Access immediately on publication under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence at no additional cost to the author or institution. There is no limit on the number of papers that can be made Open Access under the deal.

To publish your article Open Access, submit your article to your journal contact at Brill with the request to publish in Open Access and indicate that you are an author affiliated with one of the eligible institutions in the United Kingdom. Once the article gets accepted it will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge.

If you submit your article through Editorial Manager, you will be asked during the submission process whether you are eligible for the agreement. Once the article is accepted, it will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge.

Further information on the Brill website.

Cambridge University Press

University of York corresponding authors, irrespective of funding, can publish Open Access in approximately 95% of CUPs fully open access journals and hybrid journals (i.e. ones containing both subscription and OA articles) without incurring any additional charge.

The agreement covers Research, Review Articles and Rapid Communications (RRR) article types and also Brief Reports and Case Reports.

CUP will identify eligible authors by their institutional email address. By default, all articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. (If a choice of licences is offered, CC BY should be chosen for compliance with many funders, including UKRI and Wellcome Trust).

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

University of York corresponding authors, irrespective of funding, can publish Open Access in any of CSHLP’s research journals (listed below) without incurring any additional charge. CSHLP will identify eligible authors by their institutional email address. All OA articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. All articles will also be deposited in PubMed Central by the publisher.

Note: The deal excludes review and methods journals, as these do not have an Open Access option.

Included journals:

  • Genes and Development
  • Genome Research
  • RNA
  • Learning & Memory

Company of Biologists

Corresponding authors affiliated to University of York are entitled to publish open access in Company of Biologists hybrid journals at no additional cost.

Articles with a corresponding author using a University of York email address on submission will be published open access under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence, and the final text will be deposited to the Pubmed Central repository immediately on acceptance.

This deal applies to Company of Biologists hybrid titles. Fully Open Access titles are not covered by this agreement.

To be eligible authors must use their University of York email address on submission.

Geological Society Lyell Collection

University of York corresponding authors, irrespective of funding, can publish Open Access in any of the Geological Society journals or book series listed below without incurring any additional charge. Geological Society will identify eligible authors by their institutional email address. All OA articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Note: This publisher does not meet the OA requirements of the Wellcome Trust or some other medical funders, because they do not deposit articles in PubMed Central.

Included journals: 

  • Journal of the Geological Society
  • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology
  • Petroleum Geoscience
  • Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
  • Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
  • Scottish Journal of Geology

Included book series:

  • Special Publications
  • Memoirs
  • Engineering Geology Special Publications

IOP Publishing

The University has a ‘read and publish’ deal with Institute of Physics Publishing (IOP) which means that all York-affiliated corresponding authors can publish Open Access in the majority of IOP’s hybrid (subscription and OA) journals, without incurring any additional charge. The deal covers all of the hybrid journals which are owned by IOP and most society partner journals.

There is no limit on the number of papers that can be made Open Access under the deal. Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible. IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence under the deal.

For further details of the deal, including instructions for authors and a list of the journals covered, see IOP’s web page (lists A & B apply to York).

Some journals may charge page charges or other publication fees which are not related to open access. These will not be covered under this agreement. Please check the submission guidance for your journal.

Microbiology Society

Corresponding authors affiliated to University of York are entitled to publish open access in Microbiology Society journals at no additional cost.

Articles with a corresponding author using a University of York email address on submission will be published open access under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence, and the final text will be deposited to the Pubmed Central repository immediately on acceptance.

This applies to fully open access and hybrid titles.

To be eligible authors must use their University of York email address on submission.

Oxford University Press

The University has a read and publish deal with OUP which means that University of York affiliated corresponding authors can publish Open Access in 400+ fully Open Access and hybrid (subscription + OA) journals, without incurring any additional charge. A list of the journals included in the deal is available on OUP’s website. The deal covers research and review articles only. Biomedical and life sciences articles will be uploaded by OUP on publication to PubMed Central. All eligible articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, except for society titles that do not offer a CC-BY option. In order to take advantage of the deal, authors must use their institutional address and email address. OUP will ask authors to select ‘UK Institutions (JISC affiliated)’ when completing the online licencing/payment process.

Portland Press

Corresponding authors affiliated to University of York are entitled to publish open access in Portland Press journals at no additional cost.

Articles with a corresponding author using a University of York email address on submission will be published open access under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence, and the final text will be deposited to the Pubmed Central repository immediately on acceptance.

This applies to fully open access and hybrid titles.

To be eligible authors must use their University of York email address on submission.

Rockefeller University Press

University of York corresponding authors, irrespective of funding, can publish Open Access in the following three journals published by Rockefeller University Press (RUP) without incurring any additional charge.

The fully Open Access journal Life Sciences Alliance is not included.

RUP will automatically identify eligible articles. It is recommended that authors use their University of York email address for correspondence with RUP and make sure that they identify themselves as University of York affiliated when given the opportunity to do so by RUP. All articles will be made Open Access immediately on publication and a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence will be applied. RUP will deposit all articles to PubMed Central/Europe PubMed Central on publication.

Royal Society of Chemistry

The University has a ‘read and publish’ deal with RSC which allows University of York affiliated corresponding authors, irrespective of funding, to publish Open Access in any of RSC’s hybrid journals (i.e. ones containing both subscription and OA articles), without incurring any additional charge. 

The number of articles which can be published under this agreement is limited by an annual cap. Free publication vouchers are applied by RSC on a first come first served basis. If all vouchers are used before the end of the year then RSC will return to charging article processing charges, although York affiliated authors will receive a 15% discount. One an article is accepted, the journal will let you know whether a voucher can still be applied.

The voucher scheme does not cover RSC’s fully Open Access journals, but the deal does grant University of York affiliated corresponding authors a 15% discount on APCs for these.

RSC will identify corresponding authors who are eligible for a voucher based on their email domain and the affiliation they give. They will inform eligible authors as part of the article submission process. The voucher scheme allows eligible authors to publish under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) or Non-commercial (CC BY-NC) licence. (Note that your funder may require you to select CC BY). 

Further information on the RSC website, including author instructions.

SAGE

The University has a ‘read and publish’ deal with Sage which means that all York-affiliated corresponding authors can publish Open Access in the majority of Sage’s hybrid (subscription and OA) journals, without incurring any additional charge. On acceptance, Sage will contact eligible corresponding authors with further details anda link to the Open Access Portal where they can accept Open Access publishing and sign the agreement. Articles will be Open Access immediately on publication under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. A Creative Commons Non-commercial (CC BY-NC) licence can be applied by request. There is no cap on the number of papers that can be made Open Access under this agreement.

 

A small number of SAGE hybrid journals are excluded from the offer. A list of these titles is  available on the Sage website. Some article types are also excluded, for example; book reviews, commercially sponsored articles.

The deal does not include Sage’s fully Open Access journals, but a 20% discount is available for these titles. To apply this discount, University of York authors need to enter the discount code JISC2020 on submission.

 

Springer Nature

Under the Open Access Agreement for UK authors (sometimes called the 'Springer compact'), corresponding authors affiliated to University of York can publish open access in many Springer Nature journals without paying an APC.

This agreement applies to Springer journals which operate a 'hybrid' open access model, and also to titles published under the Nature Academic imprint. See the Springer website for a full list of eligible journals. 

This agreement does not cover SpringerOpen, BioMed Central and the primary Nature journals.

Make sure you give University of York as your institutional affiliation when you submit your article. The Library will be contacted by Springer to confirm the affiliation, after which the article will be published open access.

Wiley

The University is part of a national ‘read and publish’ deal with Wiley which means that all York-affiliated corresponding authors can publish Open Access in any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access journals, or any of their hybrid (subscription and OA) journals which offer their ‘OnlineOpen’ option, without incurring any additional charges. The deal applies to journal articles accepted for publication on or after 2 March 2020. 

If you are publishing in a fully Open Access journal, the deal should be applied automatically if you select University of York as your institution during submission. If you are publishing in one of their hybrid journals, you will also have to select the OnlineOpen option on Wiley’s author dashboard after your paper has been accepted for publication. In either case, the Library will be asked by Wiley to confirm your affiliation to the University. (Your affiliation needs to be current at the point of acceptance for publication).

See the Wiley website for full instructions and a list of eligible journals

The deal grants the UK HEI sector a limited number of ‘free’ APC credit each year, to be assigned across institutions on a first-come-first-served basis. If this limit is reached then open access APCs will be charged for each article until the start of the next calendar year.

Further open access discounts for York authors

The discounts listed below are available to any University of York affiliated author. In some cases discounts will only apply if the corresponding author is affiliated to University of York. 

American Chemical Society

Under the ACS Open Access pilot corresponding authors affiliated to University of York can publish open access in ACS journals without paying any APC. 

The scheme can be used to make articles open access on first publication but cannot be applied retrospectively to articles already published.

Make sure you give University of York as your institutional affiliation when you submit your article. When ACS email you about open access, follow the link to Open Access options and select the option Seek funding from University of York. Complete the order process - the cost should be given as $0.

The Library will also be notified when an article is accepted in an ACS journal with a University of York corresponding author and will contact the author.

The number of articles which can be made open access under this scheme is capped and we cannot guarantee availability throughout the year.

MDPI

As a participant in the Institutional Open Access Program, corresponding authors affiliated to University of York are entitled to a 10% discount on the standard APC cost for all MDPI journals.

During the submission process, select University of York from the Institutional Open Access Program option (if you are submitting from on campus then this option should select automatically).

This discount cannot be used in combination with other discounts offered by MDPI.

Nucleic Acids Research (Oxford University Press)

As a Nucleic Acids Research Insitutional Membercorresponding authors affiliated to University of York are entitled to a 50% discount on APCs for publication in Nucleic Acids Research.

When arranging to pay open access fees using the Nucleic Acids Research online system, be sure to access the system from on the a York campus or using the Virtual Private Network. The system should recognise your IP address and apply the discount automatically.

PLOS

The University has two separate deals with PLOS (Public Library of Science), which between them cover all seven PLOS journals.

University of York affiliated corresponding authors can publish in any of the following journals without incurring an additional fee (from 1st April 2021):

  • PLOS Climate
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Digital Health
  • PLOS Pathogens
  • PLOS Genetics
  • PLOS Global Public Health
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases  
  • PLOS ONE
  • PLOS Sustainability & Transformation
  • PLOS Water

University of York affiliated corresponding and contributing authors can  can publish in any of the following journals without incurring an additional fee:

  • PLOS Medicine
  • PLOS Biology

All papers will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence and be deposited by PLOS in PubMed Central/Europe PubMed Central on publication. Eligible authors will be identified in PLOS' submission system.