The Library has arranged open access memberships and agreements with several publishers.

Some agreements allow authors to publish their articles open access without requiring further payment to the publisher, and others entitle authors to a discounted open access fee / article processing charge (APC).

If you have a paper accepted that you think may be eligible for one of the below benefits please apply for open access funding in the usual way, at the same time as uploading your accepted manuscript via Symplectic. The open access team can then advise accordingly.

For queries about open access agreements and discounts, please contact the Library's open access team.

Publishers with fully covered APCs

American Chemical Society (ACS)

From 1st January 2020, we have a limited number of credits to make articles published with ACS open access.

Only publications in ACS hybrid journals are eligible (ACS Omega is excluded), and the corresponding author must be at Imperial.

Just select the OA Benefit Program option when ordering open access. This will send a notification to the open access team in the library, and on our approval, the article will be published open access without you having to make a payment.

If you have any questions, please contact the open access team.

American Physical Society

Beginning January 1, 2018, APS will be participating in the second phase of SCOAP3 . All high-energy physics papers in

  • Physical Review Letters (PRL)
  • Physical Review C (PRC)
  • Physical Review D (PRD)

All under a CC-BY license at no cost to the authors.

Journals not part of the deal:

  • PHYSICAL REVIEW X (OPEN ACCESS)
  • PHYSICAL REVIEW ACCELERATORS AND BEAMS (OPEN ACCESS)
  • PHYSICAL REVIEW PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH (OPEN ACCESS) PHYSICS (OPEN ACCESS)

Authors should not have to apply for open access funding if publishing with the three journals that form part of SCOAP3.

Further information: SCOAP3 website

Any questions please contact the open access team

Company of Biologists

Imperial is participating in the Company of Biologists unlimited read and publish pilot, which provides the College with an uncapped number of OA articles from affiliated corresponding authors in three hybrid journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science, and The Journal of Experimental Biology. Fully open access journals are not covered.

An APC payment link will be sent to the corresponding author at acceptance and waivers will be applied automatically based on the institution details provided at submission. Publication will proceed following verification by the Imperial open access team, and articles will be published under a CC-BY license.

Company of Biologists Read and Publish agreement.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process please contact the open access team.

European Respiratory Journal

Imperial is participating in a read and publish agreement with the European Respiratory Society. Under the terms of the agreement, eligible European Respiratory Journal articles will be published under a CC-BY open access licence at no cost to the author.

To be eligible, articles must meet the following conditions

  • Be an Original Article or Research Letter
  • Have a corresponding author whose email address (on their ScholarOne account and the to-be-published article) is issued by a participating institution
  • Be accepted between 1 January, 2020 and 31 December, 2020, inclusive

European Respiratory Journal 

If you have any questions, please contact the open access team.

IOP Publishing

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘read and publish’ agreement with IOP Publishing from January 2020. This means that all corresponding (submitting) authors affiliated with Imperial can publish in eligible journals open access without additional cost.

Included in the agreement are all subscription journals, owned by IOP Publishing, which offer a hybrid open access option. In addition, the agreement also includes selected journals which are published by IOP Publishing on behalf of their society partners.

This process applies to all primary research article types as well as reviews: Letters, Papers, Reviews and Special Issue articles. Download the spreadsheet for a list of hybrid title that are eligible.

 To be eligible the corresponding (submitting) author should confirm their Imperial affiliation in the article submission form and in the article itself. If your article is identified you will be notified during the peer-review process or shortly after acceptance, and your paper will automatically be opted in to open access. You’ll be asked to agree to the CC-BY open access license. If you wish to opt out please do so within five days of identification.

Your paper will be published open access under a CC-BY license at no cost to you. You can share it as you wish and the article will comply with funder mandates.

If you have not been alerted before your article is accepted, please contact the journal to ensure that your work is included in the arrangement.

IOP Open Access for the UK (2020-)

If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process please contact the open access team.

IWA Publishing

Imperial is participating in a read and publish agreement with IWA publishing, which provides free open access publishing with a CC BY license for Imperial affiliated researchers in all IWA journals. To qualify for the waiver during the submission process, please ensure that you are listed on your article as the corresponding authors and that you include your full institutional affiliation and associated e-mail address.

IWA Publishing 'institutional waivers guidelines'

IWA Publishing institutional agreements

If you have any questions, please contact the open access team.

Microbiology Society

Imperial is participating in a publish and read agreement with the Microbiology Society. Any article published in any Society journal where the corresponding author is from Imperial will be OA  with a CC BY license by default. Corresponding authors will be identified using their email address, so please use your Imperial email.

Microbiology Society agreement 

If you have any questions, please contact the open access team.

PeerJ

Imperial has deposited funds with PeerJ to cover the costs of publishing open access. When your paper is accepted for publication in PeerJ, the Publication Plan fees will be automatically paid via the PeerJ site.

Please ensure you use your Imperial email address when submitting your paper for publication.

PeerJ

Any questions please contact the open access team

Portland Press

Imperial is participating in the Portland Press unlimited read and publish pilot, which provides the College with an uncapped number of OA articles from affiliated corresponding authors. This includes all seven Portland Press journals (five hybrid titles plus two full-OA journals).

Eligibility for OA under a Read & Publish deal is dependent on affiliation of the corresponding author at the time of manuscript acceptance.

Upon acceptance the editorial team will check to confirm affiliation of the corresponding author to a participating institution. If eligible, an email will be sent to the researcher (corresponding author) to confirm that the manuscript will be published OA (without any requirement for APCs/charges) under a live Read & Publish agreement between Portland Press and the relevant institution.

Portland Press Read and Publish agreement.

 If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process please contact the open access team.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Imperial College London is a participant in the PLoS Institutional Account Program. To be eligible for institutional fee support, the author must be the corresponding author and affiliated with Imperial.

At acceptance, the publication fee will be paid from prepaid funds deposited by the Library.

As this agreement only changes the way that invoices are paid, please apply for APC funding via Symplectic in the usual way.  If you receive an invoice in error please send it to the Open Access Team.

PLoS

Any questions please contact the open access team

Springer

Imperial is participating in the Springer Compact agreement. Article processing charges in a Springer Open Choice journal are covered by this agreement for Imperial corresponding authors.

The agreement covers the following outputs; Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education

You must confirm that you are the corresponding author and that you are affiliated to an eligible UK institution.

Springer will verify the details with the OA Team and then your article will be published open access with a CC BY licence.

You are advised to use your Imperial College London email address instead of your private email address. This enables Springer to better identify you as eligible under the agreement.

The agreement does not cover Springer Open Access journals or BioMed Central journals and 30 Open Choice journals that do not offer CC BY licensing.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process please contact the OA Team.

Springer

 

 

Wiley

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘read and publish’ agreement with Wiley from March 2020. This means that corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial may publish primary research and review articles in any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access or Wiley’s hybrid, OnlineOpen journals at no further charge to the author.

If you are accepted for publication in a fully open access journal you will just need to confirm your Imperial affiliation during the submission stage and enter the code provided.

If you are accepted for publication in one of Wiley’s hybrid journals you will need to select the OnlineOpen option on the Wiley Author Service platform, making sure that you confirm your Imperial affiliation and enter any funding information if applicable.

Wiley will verify your request with the OA Team and your article will then be published open access with a Creative Commons licence.

Full instructions are available on the Wiley open access agreement for Jisc institutions webpage.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process please contact the open access team.

Publishers with discounted APCs

American Chemical Society (ACS)

$500 for ACS members and $1000 for non-members, see http://acsopenaccess.org/ 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2021

Please go to “APPLY DISCOUNTS” and enter “Imperial College London” under “Affiliation discount”. If you are an ACS member, you should also enter your member ID on this screen.

If you have any questions please contact the open access team

BMJ

This supporter membership provides Imperial authors with a 25% discount on APCs for articles accepted for publication in BMJ Publishing journals.

To ensure you receive a discount, provide BMJ with your application number (e.g. OAA00XXXXX) when you order open access. In return, BMJ will supply a discount code to be entered into RightsLink when requesting the invoice. Please email openaccess@imperial.ac.uk if BMJ do not supply the discount code.

As this membership only provides a discount on the APC please apply for APC funding via Symplectic in the usual way.

BMJ Open Access Programme

Any questions please contact the open access team

De Gruyter

Effective 1 January 2019, Imperial authors may publish primary research and review articles in both Pure and Hybrid Open Access with a 20% discount applied to APC’s.

The article's corresponding author must be from Imperial College London and the article must have been accepted on or after 1 January 2019. Titles lists for all subscription journals and Open Access journals are available here: https://www.degruyter.com/dg/page/degruyter-price-lists

Information for Authors from the UK

De Gruyter’s Open Access pages 

As this membership only provides a discount on the APC please apply for APC funding via Symplectic in the usual way.

If you have any questions please contact the open access team

Hindawi

From 5 October 2017 till 5 October 2018 the College has Associate Membership which provides Imperial authors with a 10% discount on APCs for articles accepted for publication in Hindawi Journals.

If you are funded by a grant that covers open access publishing please apply for funding via Symplectic in the usual way by depositing your manuscript.

For queries about open access memberships, please contact the Library's open access team.

 

 

MDPI

• Authors associated with Imperial College London will receive a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC)
• APCs apply for accepted articles vary between 0 € and 1580 € depending on the journal submitted to
• The average invoice in 2016 was approximately 800 €.
• The program also grants authors a reduction on the Book Processing Charges (BPCs) for MDPI Books (http://www.mdpi.com/books).

This discount applies automatically when submitting to the journal – if you wish it to be paid from RCUK/COAF or Imperial College London funds please apply for APC funding via Symplectic in the usual way.

For further information on APCs, please see http://www.mdpi.com/about/apc

Any questions please contact the open access team.

Royal Society

From January 2016 the College has standard OA membership, which entitles Imperial authors to 25% discount from the cost of making your article open access.

Note that from 1 January 2016 all authors who submit to Royal Society journals will be required to have an ORCID iD.

Royal Society

ORCID

Any questions please contact the open access team

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

As an RSC Gold subscriber, Imperial College London receives a 15% discount on Gold Open Access article processing charges, where the corresponding author of the article is based here. This applies to APCs in all hybrid journals but not to the discounted APC currently offered for RSC Advances.

RSC's licensing system has the ability to recognise that a corresponding author is at Imperial through their email domain and automatically applies the discount so please do use your Imperial email address when applying.

For questions please contact the open access team

SAGE

Imperial authors are entitled to a discounted APC rate of £200 for all SAGE Choice titles (hybrid OA).

This discount cannot be applied retroactively, so please apply for funding via Symplectic before you complete your SAGE Choice order.

Any questions please contact the open access team.

Taylor & Francis

Imperial authors are entitled to use discount vouchers, reducing the cost of publishing in hybrid open access journals to £450.00. Please apply for funding in the usual way. If you know you are not eligible for funding, please use your Imperial e-mail address and identify yourself as from Imperial, the discount can then be given automatically by the publisher. 

Any questions please contact the open access team