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Open Access funding

The Open Access (OA) funds currently available at the University are:

  1. The Wellcome Trust
  2.  Cancer Research UK

These funds are allocated to the University to enable researchers to comply with their funders’ OA policies. Awards are made to the University annually.

These medical charities have set conditions for the use of their OA funds. Some journals are not compliant with the requirements of the OA policies of these funders and Article Processing Charges (APCs) cannot be paid in such circumstances. The Library will assess all funding requests according to funder eligibility criteria and may liaise with authors if clarification of funding acknowledged, funds requested or publishing route is required.

Please note, there are currently no other funds available to support OA publishing outside of the institutional publisher deals detailed below. The 2020-2021 UKRI, British Heart Foundation and University OA Funds have all now been fully allocated, meaning it is not possible for the Library to approve funding requests for UKRI- or BHF-funded papers, or unfunded papers, unless authors are publishing in a journal connected to one of the institutional ‘Read and Publish’ deals listed below (see Publisher deals and discounts).

Requesting Open Access funding

If you are hoping to access funds from the above named medical charity grants, you should submit your Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) using the Library deposit form in the Open Access (OA) Gateway, ticking the box to indicate your medical charity funding. 

Funded research should include a full grant acknowledgement, including grant number/s.

If you wish to ask a general question about Open Access; request funding for a fully Open Access journal; enquire about Open Access for a book chapter or monograph; or seek use of the University Open Access fund for unfunded research, please use our Open Access enquiry form:

Open Access enquiry form

If you plan to publish in a fully Open Access journal, please contact us using the above form to discuss funding options prior to submission. Authors should not submit papers to a fully Open Access journal, or request an invoice for Open Access fees from their publisher, before the Library approves their funding request. If Open Access fees are incurred without prior funding approval from the Library, the Library may be unable to commit to paying these charges.

If your publisher requests payment prior to acceptance, please contact us using the above form so we can determine if funding is available for your paper and to confirm the legitimacy of the publisher. Do not request an invoice from the publisher or provide billing details before the Library has considered your funding options and approved your funding request. Schools will be liable for payment of invoices arranged without the Library’s involvement.

Further details on how funds can be used are below:

UKRI Block Grant

The 2020-21 institutional UKRI Open Access block grant has now been fully allocated. This means that the Library is no longer able to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) to publish UKRI-funded outputs Gold Open Access. 

Deposit your author accepted manuscript (AAM) via the Open Access Gateway and the Library will arrange for your paper to be published Green Open Access, i.e. self-archived in the University’s repository. This will ensure that funder, institutional and national Open Access policy requirements are met. 

We have a number of agreements with publishers where the payment of an APC is not required - further information about these agreements is available below.

Please ensure that you do not select your publisher’s immediate Open Access option when completing publisher forms, as the Library will be unable to cover any associated costs.

This page will be updated once information about the 2021-2022 UKRI Open Access block grant is available.

The Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust’s Open Access publication policy has now changed. Previously, Wellcome allowed a 6-month embargo on its funded research outputs between publication and a copy being made Open Access.

From 1st January 2021, a 6-month embargo is no longer be tolerated.

Wellcome Open Access funding can be used to cover APCs for peer-reviewed original journal articles or non-commissioned reviews, published in either:

  • Reputable fully OA journals (i.e. listed in DOAJ or a member of OASPA). Authors will apply for Open Access through the Library’s Open Access Gateway

Or

  • Hybrid (subscription) journals that offer the CC-BY licence and have established a Transformative Agreement with the University of Manchester or are approved Transformative Journals. Authors will apply for Open Access through the Library’s Open Access Gateway

Wellcome Trust funded author can use the Journal Checker Tool to confirm if their preferred journal enables them to comply with The Wellcome Trust's Open Access publication policy, and, if so, which route to use.

The Wellcome Trust ask ALL authors to include the following statement on all submissions of original research to peer reviewed journals to guarantee rights retention for immediate Open Access:

'This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number] for the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC-BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.’

Please note: Wellcome Open Access funding cannot be used to pay any fees other than those directly associated with OA. Submission, publication, page, colour or cover artwork charges are not eligible for payment.

British Heart Foundation

The 2020-21 British Heart Foundation Open Access fund has now been fully allocated. This means that the Library is no longer able to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) for papers acknowledging solely British Heart Foundation funding.

If your paper will acknowledge funding from UKRI, The Wellcome Trust or Cancer Research UK in addition to your British Heart Foundation funding, we will still be able to support Gold Open Access.

British Heart Foundation cannot provide additional funds where the block grant funding has been fully utilised and advises authors to select Hybrid (subscription) journals that offer the CC-BY licence and allow deposit to EuropePMC within 6 months of publication. Alternatively, the Library has established deals with several of the major publishers which allow Manchester authors Gold Open Access publishing free of charge. 

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK Open Access funding can be used to cover APCs for peer-reviewed original journal articles or non-commissioned reviews, published in either:

  • Reputable fully OA journals (i.e. listed in DOAJ or a member of OASPA)

Or

  • Hybrid (subscription) journals that offer the CC-BY licence and allow deposit to EuropePMC within 6 months of publication

Please note: Cancer Research UK Open Access funding cannot be used to pay any fees other than those directly associated with OA. Submission, publication, page, colour or cover artwork charges are not eligible for payment.

Versus Arthritis

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on the 30th September 2020. Versus Arthritis funded authors should now apply directly to their funder for help meeting the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Authors requiring support to publish articles resulting from work funded by Versus Arthritis should apply directly to their funder through Grant Tracker.

More information about Versus Arthritis’ Open Access policy and funding option can be found on the Versus Arthritis website.

Blood Cancer UK

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on the 30th September 2020. Blood Cancer UK-funded authors seeking Open Access funding are advised to use existing grant funds or to contact their funder for help meeting the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

More information about Blood Cancer UK's Open Access policy and funding options can be found on the Blood Cancer UK website.

Parkinson's UK

The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) ended on the 30th September 2020. Parkinson’s UK funded authors seeking Open Access funding are advised to use existing grant funds or to contact their funder for help meeting the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

More information about the Parkinson's UK Open Access policy can be found on the Parkinson's UK website.

University Open Access Fund

The 2020-21 University Open Access Fund has now been fully allocated. This means that the Library is no longer able to cover the cost of publishing unfunded outputs Gold Open Access. 

Deposit your author accepted manuscript (AAM) via the Open Access Gateway and the Library will arrange for your paper to be published Green Open Access, i.e. self-archived in the University’s repository. This will ensure that funder, institutional and national Open Access policy requirements are met. 

We have a number of agreements with publishers where the payment of an APC is not required - further information about these agreements is available below.

Please ensure that you do not select your publisher’s immediate Open Access option when completing publisher forms, as the Library will be unable to cover any associated costs.

This page will be updated once the 2021-2022 University OA Fund is confirmed, in August 2021.

If you have any other questions about funding, please contact the Open Access Service team.

Publisher deals and discounts

The Library has arranged Open Access memberships and agreements with several publishers and these are detailed below. Some deals are restricted to authors funded by UKRI or the medical charities. The Open Access Service team advises eligible authors how to access these deals when approving requests for funding. 

Some learned societies offer APC discounts to their members, e.g. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Summary

  • Deal applies to all ACS journals except ACS Omega

     

  • Deal is available for all Manchester-authored papers, regardless of funding

  • Deal covers full cost of APC through use of an authorised token

Author actions

  • During the submission process, select The University of Manchester as your affiliation
  • When completing the Journal Publishing Agreement, select the option to 'purchase Open Access' (the fee will be covered by our institutional agreement)
  • When completing the 'Pay Author Charges' form within Copyright Clearance Centre, select the option to 'seek funding from' The University of Manchester

Berghahn

Summary

  • Manchester authors can publish papers in 13 Berghahn journals Open Access at no additional charge through the University's 'subscribe to open' agreement with this publisher
  • Agreement applies to 13 journals which form the BOA-S2O collection

Author actions

  • Submit your manuscript to the appropriate journal, via the 'Submit' tab on each journal homepage 
  • Once your paper is accepted for publication select your preferred Creative Commons licence 

Bioscientifica

Summary

  • 50% discount on APCs (approximate APC cost of £1,620)
  • Deal applies to hybrid Open Access (subscription) journals

Author actions

  • During the submission process state that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester

BMJ

Summary

  • Deal applies to journals in BMJ’s Standard Collection of subscription-based journals
  • Deal is available for University of Manchester-authored papers acknowledging funding from UKRI, The Wellcome Trust, CRUK or BHF
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

To access the institutional deal (funded papers accepted into one of BMJ’s Standard Collection journals):

  • During the submission process state that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester

Brill

Summary

  • Deal applies to all Brill journals, both Open Access and subscription-based
  • Deal is available for all Manchester-authored papers, regardless of funding 
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester

Cambridge University Press

Summary

  • Deal applies to all CUP journals, both Open Access and subscription-based
  • Deal is available for all Manchester-authored papers, regardless of funding 
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

  • Process to be confirmed in January 2021

De Gruyter

Summary

  • Deal applies to all subscription-based De Gruyter journals
  • Deal is available for all Manchester-authored papers, regardless of funding 
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester

Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP)

Summary

  • Deal applies to specific IOP journals – please see Author Actions for details
  • Deal is available for all papers where the corresponding author is affiliated to Manchester, regardless of funding
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

Karger

Summary

  • Deal applies to all Karger journals, both Open Access and subscription-based
  • Deal is available for all papers where the corresponding author is affiliated to Manchester, regardless of funding
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

  • Process to be confirmed in January 2021

Microbiology Society

Summary

  • Deal applies to all Microbiology Society journals, both Open Access and subscription-based
  • Deal is available for all papers where the corresponding author is affiliated to Manchester, regardless of funding
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

  • The publisher will notify corresponding authors from participating institutions of the deal through the manuscript peer review process.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Summary

  • Collective Action Publishing Model is available for PLoS Medicine and PLoS Biology
  • Deal is available for all Manchester-authored papers, regardless of funding
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

To access PLoS’ Collective Action Publishing Model (for PLoS Medicine and PLoS Biology):

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester.

The Royal Society

Summary

  • Deal applies to all Royal Society journals, both Open Access and subscription-based

  • Deal is available for all Manchester-authored papers, regardless of funding

  • Deal covers full cost of APC

Author actions

  • During the submission process, corresponding authors must use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible for the deal.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Summary

  • Deal applies to all RSC journals 

  • Deal is available for all papers with a corresponding author affiliated to The University of Manchester, regardless of funding

  • Deal covers full cost of APC through use of an authorised token

Author actions

  • During the submission process, the corresponding author must use their University of Manchester email address to allow RSC's system to detect affiliation and eligibility for a token

Sage

Summary

  • SAGE deal covers full cost of APC
  • Deal applies to hybrid journals offering SAGE Choice Open Access, as well as hybrid journals in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection
  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester

Author actions

  • Once your article is accepted, SAGE will invite you to the SAGE Open Access Portal where you can select to publish your article Open Access for no additional charge
  • Authors should complete SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement on acceptance as normal. An Open Access Contributor’s Agreement will replace this once you select Open Access in the SAGE Portal
  • If you have a choice of Creative Commons licence, the University encourages authors to select the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) licence

Science Advances

Summary

  • 10% discount on APC for Manchester authors

Author actions

  • When completing the 'author charge' within the Rightslink system, click 'Apply Discounts'
  • Under 'Affiliation discount,' enter The University of Manchester. It is essential to include 'The' at the start of the University's name
  • Click 'Apply discount,' then 'Next' to complete the Rightslink form

Springer Nature

Summary

Author actions

During the submission process:

  • State that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester
  • Use your university email address

Wiley

Summary

 

  • Wiley deal covers full cost of APC
  • Deal applies to subscription journals offering OnlineOpen and Wiley fully Gold Open Access journals
  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester

 

Author actions

 

  • Once your article is accepted, register or log-in to Wiley Author Services at www.wileyauthors.com
  • On your Author Dashboard in Author Services, click “Select OnlineOpen”
  • Enter your affiliation and funder(s) from the drop down list
  • Submit request for approval by clicking ‘Yes, I would like to make my article OnlineOpen’