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).

Transformative agreements are a way for publishers to transition subscription journals to full open access. The open access costs are part of an overall Imperial payment for subscriptions and publishing.

For more context on the transformative agreements we have signed with publishers please see our Library blog post.

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.

A full list of journals with fully covered APCs (.xls) is also available to view (Imperial members only)

Publishers with fully covered APCs

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Imperial is participating in a read and publish agreement with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) which covers the period 2021-2023. This provides immediate open access for all research articles published by Imperial corresponding authors, with no additional cost to the author. The agreement allows you to publish open access in any of AIP’s 28 hybrid subscription titles. The agreement also provides access to nearly all of AIP Publishing’s peer-reviewed, hybrid journals. AIP Publishing’s open access journals (AIP Advances, APL Bioengineering, APL Materials, APL Photonics, Structural Dynamics, and Matter and Radiation at Extremes) are not included in the agreement as they are already open access publications.
A full list of journals with fully covered APCs (.xls) is also available to view (Imperial members only)

Under the terms of the agreement, upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be able to choose and sign the CC BY or CC BY-NC open access license.

To be eligible, articles must meet the following conditions

  • Be a research article
  • Have an Imperial corresponding author whose email address is both in the online submission system and in your manuscript and issued by Imperial College London
  • Be accepted between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2023 inclusive

If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process 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

American Physiological Society

Imperial is participating in a Read, Publish and Join agreement with the American Physiological Society. This is a transitional agreement for APS Journals, offering unlimited read access to all paywalled content combined with unlimited open access publishing in the Society's 12 hybrid titles. This model also includes a free one-year membership (new members only) to the American Physiological Society for corresponding authors at participating institutions.

To be eligible for open access fees to be covered via this agreement, the corresponding author must be at Imperial, and the article must have been accepted between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022. APS will automatically identify these authors based on their institutional affiliation. Upon acceptance of the manuscript, APS will notify the author that their work can be published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges.

American Physiological Society Read, Publish and Join agreement.

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

Bioscientifica

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘read and publish’ agreement with Bioscientifica from January 2021. This means that all corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial can publish in eligible journals open access without additional cost.

The agreement applies to all article types accepted for publication between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022 in the following hybrid journals:

  • Journal of Endocrinology
  • Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
  • Endocrine-Related Cancer
  • European Journal of Endocrinology
  • Reproduction

Bioscientifica will identify eligible authors by their institutional email address, so we advise you to use your Imperial email address when submitting your paper. If you are identified as eligible and select the open access option you should receive a 100% discount on the open access fee when checking out through Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service.

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

BMJ

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘publish and read’ agreement with BMJ, which covers open access fees for Imperial corresponding authors in any of the 28 hybrid journals of BMJ Standard Collection List 2021 (pdf download) for papers funded by UK Research and Innovation, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis or the Wellcome Trust.

Original articles reporting on primary research are included, and the following article types are excluded: abstract; article-commentary; book-review; brief-report; calendar; case-report; correction; discussion; editorial; in-brief; letter; news; obituary; other; product-review; rapid-communication; reply; retraction; review-article; supplement; unknown-article-type.

The agreement runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022.

When submitting the article through BMJ’s submission system, you will need to verify your Imperial affiliation. Subject to an eligibility check by the open access team, the cost will then be covered via the agreement at acceptance, and your article published open access with a CC BY license.

Papers with an Imperial corresponding author but not eligible for this agreement will receive a 25% discount, see below under “Publishers with discounted APCs”. Authors publishing in fully open access journals should apply to the Imperial Open Access Fund via Symplectic as normal.

Any questions please contact the open access team

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Please note: From 19 July 2021 till the end of the year the publish agreement with CUP will have no longer run. For further updates on this agreement please monitor the website or if you have any questions regarding it or the process please contact the open access team.

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s read and publish agreement with Cambridge University Presswhich allows us to make a limited number of articles open access at no charge to the authors.

To be eligible, the corresponding author must have an Imperial affiliation, the paper must have been accepted between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2024, the journal must be on this CUP journal list (Excel download), and the  article type must be one of: research article, review article, rapid communication, brief report, case report.

Please submit your research using your institutional affiliation (ideally using an ORCID iD). On acceptance, you will be able to seek funding via the agreement following the instructions in this Author Guide to Paying an APC (see under Seek funding from your institution). Remember to select the CC BY license as required by UKRI.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process 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.

Future Science Group

Imperial is participating in a read and publish agreement with the Future Science Group's 20 hybrid and 15 Open Access journals, including read access and unlimited open access publishing for all articles. Future Science Group publishes 35 STM journals across three imprints: Future Medicine Ltd, Future Science Ltd and Newlands Press Ltd. Journals cover basic and clinical areas of biomedicine, and the portfolio includes titles such as BioTechniques, Future Oncology, Nanomedicine, Epigenomics, Immunotherapy, Bioanalysis, and Regenerative Medicine. A full list of Publisher with fully covered APCs (.xls) is also available to view (Imperial members only)

Under the terms of the agreement, eligible 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

  • Have an author whose email address is issued by Imperial College London
  • Be accepted between 1 January, 2021 and 31 December, 2022, inclusive

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

Geological Society

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s Read and Publish agreement with the Geological Society, which covers open access fees for Imperial corresponding authors in the Lyell collection, comprising  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, Special Publications, Memoirs, Engineering Geology Special Publications.

Corresponding authors must use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible; the agreement covers all article types submitted in 2021, and provides open access under a CC BY license.

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. Eligible journals are those in List A or List B on the eligible journals for transformative agreements page.

This agreement covers all primary research article types as well as reviews: Letters, Papers, Reviews and Special Issue articles.

 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.

Karger

Imperial is participating in a Read and Publish Agreement with Karger from January 2021. This provides immediate open access for all articles published by Imperial corresponding authors, with no additional cost to the author. Publication in both hybrid (subscription-based) and open access journals is eligible.

Authors are recognised as coming from institutions with a Read and Publish agreement by their institutional email address upon submitting  their article.

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.

Oxford University Press (OUP)

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘read and publish’ agreement with Oxford University Press from February 2021. This means that corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial may publish their original research or review articles open access in OUP’s participating hybrid and fully open access journals.

If your paper is eligible, please follow the steps provided on the OUP website to ensure that the open access fee is covered by the 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)

For papers accepted after 1 January 2021: Imperial College London is a participant in the PLOS Flat Fee agreement and the PLOS Community Action Publishing agreement.

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 Flat Fee Agreement PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS Pathogens plus the newly launched PLOS Digital Health – May 2021)

Open access fees in any of these journals are automatically covered for Imperial corresponding authors from prepaid funds deposited by the Library. When submitting your manuscript to the journal, be sure to list your institutional affiliation in the journal submission system, and eligible papers should be detected and have the fees covered automatically on acceptance.

PLOS Community Action Publishing PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology and the newly launched PLOS Sustainability & Transformation (May 2021):

Open access fees for these journals are automatically covered for Imperial corresponding authors. For Imperial co-authors where the corresponding author is at an institution not participating in the agreement, corresponding authors will be subject to ‘non-member fees’ (NMF), but these will be discounted by 25% due to having a co-author at a participating institution.

Community Action Publishing takes into account the contributions of every author — not just corresponding authors — to help distribute publishing costs equitably among the institutions who support them. For more information see PLOS Community Action Publishing FAQs.

Other journals that are included by new publishing models include the following newly launched mega journals: Water: Mega Journal, Climate: Mega Journal, and Global Pacific Health.

Any questions please contact the open access team

Rockefeller University Press

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘read and publish’ agreement with Rockefeller University Press (RUP) from March 2020. This means that all corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial can publish in eligible journals open access without additional cost. 

The agreement covers 100% of article publication fees in RUP's three hybrid journals (Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP)) and there is no limit to the number of articles that may be published immediate open access.

To be identified as eligible for this agreement by the publisher you should ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author and use your Imperial e-mail address throughout the submission process.

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

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

From May 2020 Imperial has signed up to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Read & Publish scheme, which means that corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial can automatically publish gold OA in hybrid RSC journals.

Read & Publish author guidelines:

APCs are covered: Imperial’s agreement includes the article processing charge for publishing gold OA as a corresponding author.

Publish in any RSC hybrid journal: You can choose to publish in any of the journals RSC class as hybrid (the exceptions are Chemical Science, RSC Advances, Nanoscale Advances, RSC Chemical Biology, Materials Advances and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP), which are already free to access) and which have a Creative Commons Attribution licence.

Extras cost more: Fees for things like reprints or cover artwork count as extra charges, so make sure to factor this in.

When you are ready to publish:

  • Double-check that you are listed as the corresponding author, both in RSC’s online submission system and in your manuscript
  • Use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript (this helps RSC to identify you)
  • State your institute affiliation and email address in your manuscript and make sure this remains the same, even after submission
  • Do not sign the standard licence to publish; upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be able to choose and sign the CC BY or CC BY-NC open access licence.

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

SAGE

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘read and publish’ agreement with SAGE from June 2020 (backdated to January 2020).

The details of the UK Jisc Agreement are as follows: 

Subscription journals: Corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection, which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can publish their work open access, at no further cost. 

This includes (but is not limited to) the following content types; Original Research Papers, Review Papers, Brief Communications, Short Reports, Case Reports. The article will need to have entered SAGE’s production system (typically a few days after acceptance) between 1/1/2020 and 31/12/2022.

Excluded article types include articles published as part of commercially sponsored supplements, errata (which remain free to all to view), book reviews, editorials, published abstracts, call for papers, news items or similar.

Authors in subscription journals do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. As soon as an institution is set up as part of the agreement, SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the Open Access agreement with Jisc and to invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.

SAGE will verify the details with the OA Team at Imperial, and if approved your paper will go on to be published open access with a Creative Commons licence.

Please note all authors should still complete the steps to sign SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement on acceptance as normal. SAGE still requires this agreement for your article to proceed to production at SAGE. Through the SAGE Open Access Portal, you will automatically receive an open access Contributor’s Agreement that will replace the earlier signed agreement.

Fully open access journals: Imperial corresponding authors accepted for publication in SAGE’s fully open access journals are eligible for a 20% discount on the article processing charge (APC), but should continue to apply for open access funding via Symplectic in the usual way for the remainder of the fee.

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

 

 

Taylor & Francis

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s ‘read and publish’ agreement with Taylor & Francis. This means that corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial may publish their articles open access in Open Select (hybrid) Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals at no further cost.

To be eligible, articles must:

  • Be core content (including original research articles, review articles and reports). Other types of paper, such as Editorials, Announcements, and Book Reviews, are not covered by this agreement.
  • Be accepted for publication after the 1st January 2021.
  • Have a corresponding author affiliated with a participating institution.

All accepted research meeting the requirements above will automatically be considered for open access publication under this agreement. Please use your Imperial affiliation and email address when you submit to ensure that you are identified as eligible.

Taylor & Francis will verify the details with the OA Team at Imperial, and if approved your paper will go on to be published open access with a Creative Commons license.

Full details are available on the Taylor & Francis Open access publishing for researchers in the UK webpage.

Any questions please contact the open access team.

Thieme

Imperial is participating in Jisc’s open access funding agreement with Thieme Publishing Group. This means that all corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial can publish open access in eligible journals without additional cost. The 2020-2021 agreement has been renewed for 2022.

The Jisc agreement is valid for these titles (PDF)

Authors should complete the OA-hybrid workflow document - APC funding agreements form on submission, and submit with your manuscript to the relevant journal.

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

Wiley

Please note: From 1 July 2021 till the end of the year, due to high levels of demand, eligibility for this agreement is limited to funded research from Wellcome Trust, UKRI, British Heart Foundation, and Cancer Research UK. Non eligible authors will be routed to Wiley’s ‘author pays’ option, where you will be offered a 25% discount. For further updates please monitor the website or if you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process please contact the open access team.

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 non-commissioned/invited 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

BMJ

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

The discount should be applied automatically, but if it is not, go to "apply discounts" in the Copyright Clearance Center payment system and make sure your affiliation is set to Imperial College London. If you believe you are eligible for the remainder of the fee to be covered from any of our funds, please apply for APC funding via Symplectic in the usual way before selecting the open access option with the journal.

Note that fees for papers funded by UK Research and Innovation, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis or the Wellcome Trust may be covered by our ‘publish and read’ agreement with BMJ, see above under “Publishers with fully covered APCs”.

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

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 UKRI(RCUK), Wellcome Trust/CRUK/BHF 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