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Library Research Support: Open Research: Gold OA

This guide is intended to provide advice and support on open access research, including guidance around Durham Research Online (DRO), open access publishing, research data management and related topics.

Applying for OA funding from the UK Research Council Block Grant

The University receives a grant from UKRI to pay open access costs for papers acknowledging funding from AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC or STFC. This grant is administered centrally by the Library for peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings by Durham University-affiliated corresponding authors and/or PIs of eligible grants.

The "RCUK Open Access Policy" and FAQs can be accessed directly via the UKRI webpages.

Requests for funding should be made to the Open Access team either via the Staff Profile System or via email and must be made prior to requesting Gold open access from a publisher. For full details please see the Request Funding Libguide.

Factoring OA costs into a grant application

A funder may consider open access charges an allowable cost for their grant. Please ensure that you refer to the conditions of the grant or contact the funder directly for information.

The average cost of an APC paid for by the Library in 2018-19 was approximately £2300 (including VAT); however, this fee can vary dramatically across publishers and journal titles (the range over this period was from £200 to £5016.40 for an individual APC). The Open Access team can provide a more detailed breakdown of potential costs, if required.

Paying for open access as a researcher with no external funding

Durham University has a preference for the green route to open access and as a result does not provide any central funds to cover the costs of gold open access.

Some fully open access journals operate waiver schemes for their fees. You should investigate these prior to submission and contact the Library Open Access team if you would like any further guidance.

The University invests in a number of deals with publishers which will save Durham-affiliated corresponding authors up to 100% on the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC). To find out more about these please go to our Publisher Deals guide. 

Open Access Monograph Costs

The below costs are for information only.  The Block Grant does not currently cover open access costs for book chapters or monographs which acknowledge UKRI funding and the library does not have an open access fund for non UKRI funded authors. 

Publisher Paid OA option Green OA option (e.g. through DRO)
Amsterdam University Press

From €6,950

(Also can be nominated for Knowledge Unlatched – no OA cost for author)

Whole book
No embargo.

€8,500 / €18,500 + VAT depending upon licence
(max 350 pages)
- additional charges for larger publications.

Chapters (max. 35 pages) €990 / €2,590

Part of book/monograph
Permission must be requested
Cambridge University Press £9,500 + VAT (max 120,000 words)
- additional charges for larger publications.
Single book chapter
Accepted manuscript/publisher version, 6 month embargo
De Gruyter Tailored fee for each monograph / book (minimum €7,000) -
Edinburgh University Press

£8,000 for book (+ VAT)

£2000 for chapter (+ VAT)

Whole monograph

PDF proof on institutional repository. 36 month embargo.

Edward Elgar Publishing £6,500 (subsidised fee) £9,000 - £12,500 + VAT (standard fee) Single book chapter
Submitted manuscript, 6 month embargo
Liverpool University Press

Tailored fee for each monograph / book – rough guide £7,500 for 100,000 words

Chapters are also available – fee is worked out as a proportion of the cost for the book.

Whole monograph

Original manuscript, 24 month embargo to non-commercial, non-profit platform (e.g. DRO)

Manchester University Press £9,850 + VAT (max 120,000 words, inc up to 20 images)
- additional charges for larger publications.
Single book chapter
Accepted manuscript, 18 month embargo
Oxford University Press Tailored fee for each monograph / book Single book chapter or up to 10%
Version of Record, 12 month embargo for Science and Medical titles and 24 months for Academic, Trade and Reference titles
Open Book Publishers

No requirement for authors to pay.

(funded through print sales and Library Consortium Membership)

N/A - Open Access Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan £11,000 + VAT Author’s own chapter or up to 10%
Accepted Manuscript, 24 month embargo
Sage $5,000 + VAT (up to 100,000 words)
$7,500 + VAT (over 100,000 words)
No set policy (except for handbooks/reference books): Contact for permission.
Springer Open Tailored fee for each monograph / book N/A – Open Access Publisher
Taylor & Francis / Routledge

Books from £10,000 + VAT

Chapters from £1250 + tax

Single book chapter or up to 10%

Accepted Manuscript, 18 month embargo for Humanities and Social Sciences (12 months for STEM).

Ubiquity Press

(up to 30,000/100,000/150,000 words)

Core service: £3450/£4450/£5525

Core service + English Language Copy-editing:


Core service + English Language Copy-editing + Indexing:


N/A – Open Access Publisher
UCL Press

(for non-UCL authors)

£5,000 + VAT (up to 100,000 words)

£6,000 + VAT (100,000-150,000)
£7,000 + VAT (150,000-200,000)

+£1,000 for colour printing

Waiver scheme open to non-UCL authors

N/A – Open Access Publisher
White Rose University Press From c.£6,000 + VAT (80,000 words) N/A – Open Access Publisher