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Library Research Support: Open Research: Publisher Deals

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.

We have a range of publisher deals available for Durham authors wishing to publish open access.  Many of these deals provide free APCs for Durham corresponding authors; others provide a discount on the APC.

The following deals are available to all Durham authors to help reduce the costs of Gold open access. If you have any questions about any of the following deals, please contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk.

Please note, these deals do not endorse any particular publisher or attempt to influence author choice. They have been arranged based on the publishing activity of Durham researchers in combination with financial considerations, and are designed to support innovation in Open Access publishing.

Current deals

Summary
  • A limited number of vouchers are available under the ACS Open Access Agreement
  • Vouchers can be used by any Durham-affiliated corresponding authors publishing in ACS journals
  • One voucher will cover the full cost of immediate open access with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence
  • Vouchers can be used for articles accepted for publication during 2021
Discount

100% (free APCs with a voucher under this deal)

What to do
  • At the point of submission, it is advised that you select "Durham University" from the dropdown box in Paragon Plus and use your Durham-affiliated email address
  • On acceptance of your article, the corresponding author will receive an email offering them the opportunity to request open access
  • At this point, contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk to request confirmation that a voucher is available for you to use. If a voucher is available you will also receive guidance on how to proceed from this point to request open access formally from ACS. Please note that if you follow the link in the email from ACS to request open access for your article before contacting the Open Access Team then you may need to have a Copyright Clearance Center account to complete the process
  • Vouchers cannot be committed in advance of acceptance
  • If you are funded by one of the UK Research Councils, please still request funding via the usual route so that this can be included in the annual report to UKRI. 

 

Summary
  • From 1st January 2021, Durham corresponding authors can publish open access in the American Physiological Society's 12 hybrid journals.
  • The articles will be published under a CC BY licence. 
  • Articles must be accepted between 1/1/21 and 31/12/22
  • More information on the APS website
Discount
  • 100% (free APCs through our deal)
What to do:
  • The publisher states: APS will automatically identify these authors based on their institutional affiliation. Upon acceptance of their manuscript with APS, the author will be notified that their work can be published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges. This option, provided by their library and APS, allows the author to retain copyright of their article.

If you have any questions please get in touch at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk

Summary
  • Annual Reviews is following a 'Subscribe to Open' approach which Durham is supporting.  
  • Essentially, this means that libraries subscribe, and if subscription revenue is high enough the following journals will be published open access:
  • Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering – New S2O title in 2021
  • Annual Review of Cancer Biology
  • Annual Review of Environment and Resources
  • Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics – New S2O title in 2021
  • Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
  • Annual Review of Political Science
  • Annual Review of Public Health
  • Annual Review of Virology – New S2O title in 2021
Discount

100% - article will be published open access if there are enough subscribers. 

What to do
  • Nothing - if subscription levels are high enough across institutions, the year will be published open access.
Summary

Brill Journals 2021 Transformative Agreement via Jisc 

As of 1 January 2021, Durham corresponding authors may publish research and review articles in Open Access in any of Brill's journals, including Gold Full Open Access titles.

  • The Article Publication Charge (APC) for these journals will be waived for the rest of 2021.
  • The number of APCs per institution is uncapped.
  • For more information see Brill's webpages.
Discount
  • 100% (free APCs through our deal)
What to do:
  • 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.

 

Summary

From January 2021, Durham University have signed up to the Cambridge University press deal through Jisc.  In 2021, this allows unlimited publishing in both pure gold open access and hybrid CUP titles for Durham corresponding authors. 

To be eligible, articles must:

Discount

100% through our deal 

How to use
  • Once your article is accepted, you will be informed you are eligible for open access publishing.  
  • You can choose to publish open access.
  • You can then choose your open access licence. 

More comprehensive details and guidance can be found on the publisher's webpages and via the FAQs

Summary

Durham University has signed up to De Gruyter's Read and Publish deal which offers open access for articles by Durham corresponding authors in De Gruyter's hybrid journals which we have a subscription to. 

Eligible article types are:

  • Original Paper – Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper
  • Review Paper – Standard article, interpreting previously published results
  • Brief Communication – Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article
  • Continuing Education – Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical)
  • Case Reports – Articles in medical journals

Additional information is available from the publisher's website.

Discount

100% through our deal (unlimited for 2021)

How to use
  • Submit your article. Instructions on how to submit are specified on each journal webpage under the Submission of Manuscripts tab.
  • Don’t forget to submit your article using your affiliated institutional e-mail address.
  • If your article is accepted, the publisher automatically checks if an open access agreement applies.
  • If an article is eligible, your article will be published in open access under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) at no cost for you.

 

 
Summary
  • We are part of the IOP and Jisc Collections agreement which enables Durham corresponding authors to publish their work Open Access in IOP's hybrid journals.
Discount
  • Free APCs for 44 hybrid journals managed editorially by IOP publishing plus 12 titles from Japan Society of Applied Physics. Eligible title are listed here (Lists A and B for Durham corresponding authors).
  • 70% discount for most of IOP's remaining hybrid partner journals.
  • Further details can be found on the publisher's website and in the flyer below.

 

What to do:
Free APCs:
  • IOP will identify qualifying articles for free APCs and inform authors of their inclusion.
  • When you submit your article, please supply your affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article itself.
  • You will be asked to agree to the CC BY open access license.
Discounted APCs:
  • No automatic identification - you will need to opt in to Open Access and request this discount personally. Please contact the Open Access team at the library if you would like to clarify if a journal is included.

Please note that the agreement relates to the Article Processing Charge only and any additional publication charges will not be paid for or discounted.

 

Summary

The Lyell Collection Read & Publish Deal is available for Durham University corresponding authors for articles submitted and accepted between 1st January 2021 and 31st December 2021. 

Articles published in the following Geological Society of London journals by eligible authors will be published gold open access with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence

•    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

And book series:
•    Special Publications
•    Memoirs
•    Engineering Geology Special Publications
 

Additional information is available from the publisher's website.

Discount

100%

How to use

The following details are from the publisher:

  • An eligible author is the “corresponding author” of the article and their eligibility is confirmed when they use their institutional email address (in this case durham.ac.uk) and select the institution name on their user profile in Editorial Manager.
  • Author profiles can be updated by clicking on ‘Update My Information’ when logged in to Editorial Manager. Authors should also use the qualifying institution name when providing their details during submission.

 

If you are acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils, please still contact us at the point of acceptance so that we can report your paper in the annual grant report to UKRI.

If you have any questions or think that your paper should have been published gold open access under the terms of this agreement but has not, please also get in touch

 

 

Summary

  • Available to all Durham University-affililated corresponding authors
  • UK Research Council-funded authors who wish the APC payment to be made via the University's RCUK block grant, please apply for funds and ensure these are committed before submitting to a fully OA journal.

Discount

  • 10%

What to do

  • Authors are prompted in the last step of submission to determine if they are eligible for discounts under the open access program
  • The program is pre-selected if authors use their institutional email address
  • Further information can be found at https://www.mdpi.com/ioap

 

Summary

  • We financially support the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) and this ensures that the journals published by them are fully open access with no Article Processing Charges to be paid by authors
  • The current list of OLH journals can be found here

Discount

  • 100% (no APC to pay)

What to do

  • Follow the directions for submission on the OLH website

 

Summary

OUP and a number of UK institutions have agreed a Read and Publish deal for 2021-2023. Eligible authors from participating institutions in the UK can request use of this account to pay the Open Access charge when arranging payment in OUP’s online licensing and payment system.

  • This deal is applicable to article types: Research or Review
  • The article must have been received by their production department in 2021 - this happens after acceptance so should not be confused with the submission date
  • To make use of this agreement, the corresponding author must be from Durham University (or one of the other participating organisations). Please ensure you use your Durham University email address in the OUP system.
  • This agreement covers a number of OUP journals (both hybrid and fully OA) but not all - check the list here 
Discount

The deal will give you a 100% discount on the cost of the APC. 

What to do

If you are funded by one of the UK Research Councils, please email openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk to let us know that you will be publishing gold open access via this agreement.  We are required by UKRI to report the open access status of all papers acknowledging their funding.

The instructions from the OUP website have been copied below. There is also a useful PDF with screenshots of the process towards the bottom of this page. 

Ensure that you have checked the list of eligible journals and confirmed that your paper is either "research" or "review" before proceeding. 

 

I'm an eligible author, what do I need to do?

To request use of Open Access funds from one of the UK institutions follow the steps below:

Step 1

  • Once your paper has been accepted for publication, as the corresponding author you will receive an email with a link to OUP’s online licencing and payment system.

Step 2

  • Log in to sign your licence to publish and choose an Open Access licence. [Please note, you will be asked to confirm that you will pay the Open Access charge but you will not need to pay the charge provided that your eligibility is confirmed by the institution. We recommend you check eligibility with your institution before choosing the Open Access licence.]

Step 3

  • Proceed to payment and select ‘UK Institutions (Jisc affiliated)’ from the dropdown list of institutions beneath ‘Open Access Prepayment Account’ on the Article Charges page.
  • Check the ‘Refer Charge?’ box next to the Open Access charge, and then click ‘Refer Charges’ at the bottom of the page.
  • Provide the information requested on the ‘Confirm Address’ page and complete the request. You will receive an email confirming that your request has been sent.
  • Your request will be reviewed to verify that you are eligible.
  • You will need to arrange payment separately for any other charges applicable to your article, i.e. page or colour charges.

Step 4

  • You will receive an email when the verification process is complete and the Open Access charge has been paid.
  • If your request is not approved you will need to arrange payment of the Open Access charge via another method, either credit/debit card or invoice 

 

Any questions

Please get in touch with us at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk or OUP directly at prepayments@oup.com

 

Summary

We have signed up to the "Flat Fee" model which means that Durham-affiliated corresponding authors will not have APCs to pay in the following five journals:

  • PLOS ONE
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Pathogens
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLOS Genetics

Accepted articles will be published with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. 

What to do

PLOS advises: Upon submitting your manuscript to any of the five eligible PLOS journals, be sure to list your institutional affiliation in our submission system, Editorial Manager. If your work is accepted for publication, we’ll check this field and ensure that your benefits are applied to waive or reduce any publication fees.
 

Additional detailed instructions have been provided by the publisher at Flat Fee Author Guide - Google Slides

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Open Access Team at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk 

If you are acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils and you are publishing in one of the titles listed above, please contact the Open Access Team so that this can be reported accurately to your funder.

Note

If publishing in one of the titles detailed above and you receive an invoice please get in touch and we can advise on whether this is something that should have been covered by the deal.  You may find this to be the case especially if you submitted prior to January 2021. 

 

 

Summary
  • The Biochemical Society and Portland Press have a deal with JISC which Durham corresponding authors are eligible to use from January 1st 2021.
  • The deal covers both hybrid and fully gold titles
  • A CC BY licence will apply.

APC-free OA publication can take place in all seven Portland Press journals:

Research journals:

•    Biochemical Journal
•    Clinical Science
•    Neuronal Signaling*
•    Bioscience Reports*

*These are fully OA journals where every paper is published via the Gold OA route. There is, therefore, no option for authors to opt out of OA publishing; however, the papers will be published OA without requirement for payment of any APCs if the article is eligible for OA under a Read & Publish deal.

Review journals:

•    Biochemical Society Transactions
•    Essays in Biochemistry
•    Emerging Topics in Life Sciences 

  • More information here
Discount

100% 

What to do
  • During the submission process you will be asked to validate your institution. Full details (including screenshots) of the process can be found in the PDF below. 
  • If you have any questions please get in touch at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk
Summary
  • Through our annual membership, Durham University-affiliated corresponding authors can benefit from a 25% discount on the cost of their Article Processing Charge (APC) in a number of Royal Sociiety hybrid journal titles
  • Current membership period: May 2020-April 2021
  • UK Research Council-funded authors who wish the APC payment to be made via the University's RCUK block grant, please apply for funds and ensure these are committed before requesting open access from the publisher
Discount
  • 25%
What to do
  • If you have guaranteed funds for your APC, tick the OA box when submitting your manuscript
  • If funds are not yet guaranteed you can make the request later in the publishing process

 

Summary

  • As part of the current deal with this publisher, Durham University receives a number of free APCs for hybrid journals for Durham corresponding authors. Following, the cap a 15% discount will be applied.
  • UK Research Council-funded authors who wish the APC payment to be made via the University's RCUK block grant, please apply for funds and ensure these are committed before requesting open access from the publisher.

Discount

  • A limited number of vouchers are available which give free APCs for hybrid journals.
  • 15% discount for Pure Gold Open Access journals and any hybrid article once all vouchers are used.

What to do

  • The free APC or institutional discount will be applied by the publisher - make sure that you select the correct institution if prompted to do so and use your Durham University email address for correspondence.

 

Summary

  • Durham corresponding authors 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 be published open access, at no cost to them.
  • Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are also entitled to a 20% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC) on 150+ pure Gold journals. Click here for the participating Gold journal title list.
  • More information can be found on the Sage website.

Discount

  • 100% for hybrid journals
  • 20% for pure Gold open access journals.

What to do

  • Ensure that you select Durham University as your institution on submission and use your Durham University email address.
  • On acceptance, the Open Access team will be asked to approve your eligibility to publish open access under the terms of the agreement.
  • Once approved, Sage will contact you to ask you to accept the offer of open access, to select your licence, and to sign your agreement.  Acceptance of the offer should be done within two weeks of being contacted.
  • If you choose to reject the offer you will be asked to provide a reason for doing so.
  • The licence options are CC BY and CC BY-NC. If you have declared a funder that requires a specific licence (e.g. CC BY for UK Research Councils) then you should only be offered that licence.

 

 

Summary

Jisc Collections has led the negotiation and development of a new agreement Springer Compact agreement for UK institutions that enables all articles published in Springer Open Choice (hybrid) journals to be open access and automatically compliant with funder requirements and for subscription access to Springer journals to be maintained.

  • The deal is available to all Durham corresponding authors publishing in Springer Open Choice journals that apply CC BY licenses.
  • Retrospective conversion is not available through this deal.
  • There are a finite number of available APCs to all HEIs that are signed up to the agreement. We are unable to guarantee, therefore, that there will be availability at the point a paper is accepted.
  • More information is available on the Springer website.

Discount

  • 100% (free APCs under this deal)

What to do

  • When completing the online form at acceptance, under Your University / Institution select "University of Durham (Durham | United Kingdom)" from the drop down list.
  • The Your open access option dialogue will then appear. Select "Yes, I want to publish my article with open access and my institution covers the charge". Please be assured that if you see this message that neither you nor your department will be charged for the APC. If you decline the offer to publish your article in gold open access at this stage, the publisher will not permit you to then change your mind.
  • Springer will then notify the Library's Open Access Team for verification that the author is affiliated with Durham.
  • Once verified, the publisher will proceed with publishing your paper gold open access with a CC BY licence.
  • Springer flyer for corresponding authors: how to publish your article open access

 

Summary


New for 2021 – we have signed up to the Taylor & Francis Transformative deal via Jisc.


Through this deal, Durham corresponding authors can publish gold open access when meeting the following criteria:

  • Article type is “core content” (original research)
  • The journal is an Open Select title (hybrid rather than fully open access) – you can use the tool on the Taylor & Francis website to find out whether the journal you are publishing in is “Open Select” 
  • The article was accepted after 1 January 2021


There are a finite number of available APCs to all HEIs that are signed up to the agreement. We are unable to guarantee, therefore, that there will be availability at the point a paper is accepted.


If you are acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils please inform us that your paper has been accepted even if you do not have any questions about this agreement or the process.  This will help to ensure that we accurately report your compliance with the RCUK Open Access Policy. 

Discount

100%

What to do
  • At the point of acceptance, we will be alerted to your paper if it is potentially eligible to be published gold open access under this deal. You will also receive an email to say that we have an agreement with the publisher and that we will need to approve “open access funding for your article”.
  • When you receive this email, if you have any questions please get in touch via email at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk
  • Once approved, you will then get a further notification from Taylor & Francis to let you know that this has happened.
  • When this occurs, if you have not yet signed a publishing agreement (or if you have and you selected to not publish open access) you will receive an email asking you to sign one. You will also be asked to select a Creative Commons licence.

If you are funded by a UK Research Council or Wellcome please ensure that you select the CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence.  If you are acknowledging funding from elsewhere and you are unsure which licence to select, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

The above process is the “default” process and screenshots are also provided in the PDF below.  However, if you find that you receive different communications from Taylor & Francis, please let us know and we can talk you through those, if required.

 

Summary
  • In March 2020 we signed up to the Wiley Read & Publish deal.
  • There will be no charge to eligible authors for publishing primary research and review articles gold open access in any of Wiley's fully gold Open Access, hybrid or OnlineOpen journals.
  • The deal is available for Durham corresponding authors - from 1st July 2021 it will be limited to papers acknowledging funding from UKRI (UK Research Councils, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, Versus Arthritis, and Wellcome Trust.
  • Articles must be accepted after 2nd March 2020.
  • There is a national cap on the number of articles that can be published - once this is reached, the agreement will also not cover papers acknowledging the funding detailed above..
  • More information available here.

Important to note:

If your paper is not acknowledging funding from a UK Research Council, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, Versus Arthritis, and Wellcome Trust and you have no other means to pay for gold open access, please do not request it from the publisher. We will no longer be able to cover the cost of gold open access on your behalf.

For papers not acknowledging funding as listed above, Wiley is offering a 25% discount on the fee that you pay. Please be aware that there will also be VAT added to any APC that needs to be paid.

  • This “author pays” option will be valid from July 1st– Dec 31st 2021.  After which the main Jisc account will be reset for authors to use when publishing research and review articles. 
  • Authors will need to take action when prompted in the payment form at submission for fully Gold OA journals and after acceptance in Author Services for Wiley’s hybrid journals. 
  • For gold journals, authors need to select ‘UK/Jisc authors (25% discount)’ from the drop-down menu. 
  • For hybrid journals authors need to add the discount promo code:  KA6CA 

 

 

Discount
  • 100% (free APCs through our deal for Durham corresponding authors acknowledging funding from UKRI (UK Research Councils), Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, Versus Arthritis, and Wellcome Trust.)
  • 25% for other Durham corresponding authors 
What to do: papers funded as above

For hybrid/subscription journals:

  • After acceptance, log in to Wiley Author Services
  • Click 'Select Online Open'
  • Choose Durham University as your affiliation
  • If funded from one of the UK Research Councils or Wellcome, ensure that this information is added
  • Confirm that you would like to make your article Online Open
  • The Library will be notified of the request and will approve.

For fully open access journals, select "Durham University" on submission.

 

What to do for discount: authors not funded 
  • For gold journals, authors need to select ‘UK/Jisc authors (25% discount)’ from the drop-down menu. 
  • For hybrid journals authors need to add the discount promo code:  KA6CA
  • See screenshots below for further guidance

 

Which licence to choose?

  • Creative Commons provide an international standard whereby an author make explicit which permissions to access and re-use their work they grant to others, whilst retaining certain rights and operating within the boundaries of copyright law.
  • CC-BY licence is the least restrictive licence which still requires anyone re-using the content to credit/attribute the original research to the original author.
  • Many funders (Wellcome, Gates Foundation, UK Research Councils, European Research Council included) recommend or require the use of a CC BY licence.
  • If using funding provided by a funder for the purposes of open access, e.g. the RCUK block grant, this may require the use of a specific licence.
  • Other licences add additional restrictions, including:
    • Restricting to non-commercial re-use (which can prevent re-use in educational and training contexts)
    • Restricting the use of part of the content in a derivative work (which could prevent creation of translations, or the publication of works resulting from text- and/or data-mining of content using this licence restriction)
    • Restricting the re-sharing of the work to only allow re-sharing under the same creative commons licence you have used.
  • The University recognises the author’s right to select the licence most appropriate to their research output, but expects authors to:

Ensure that where third party copyrighted content is included within a publication, that the implications of licencing are discussed with the publisher and copyright owners as appropriate.