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Open Access funding

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

  1. UK Research Councils (UKRI) block grant
  2. Medical charities (The Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK) 
  3. University Open Access Fund

Funds 1 and 2 are allocated to the University to enable researchers to comply with their funders’ OA policies. Awards are made to the University annually.

UKRI and the the 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.

Fund 3: The University has authorised an Open Access Fund for 2020-2021. This fund is intended to support Manchester authors without any other recourse to funding to publish their research immediately Open Access, as well as supporting Open Research initiatives. Please see the University Open Access Fund tab below for more details on how this fund can be used. To request use of this fund, please contact the Open Access team.

Requesting Open Access funding

If you are hoping to access funds from either the UKRI or 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 UK Research Council (UKRI) or medical charity funding. For book chapters and monographs contact the Open Access Service team.

If you plan to publish in a fully Open Access journal, contact us to discuss funding options prior to submission. Authors should not request an invoice from their publisher before the Library approves their funding request. In such cases, Schools will be liable for payment of invoices.

If your publisher requests payment prior to acceptance, contact the Open Access Service team 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.

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

Further details on how funds can be used are below:

UKRI Block Grant

The UKRI grant can be used to cover the following costs:

  1. APCs for reputable publishers (N.B. Fully OA journals should be listed in DOAJ or publishers should be a member of OASPA)
  2. Mandatory non-OA publication charges to publishers providing a Green OA option that complies with the policy

N.B. The UKRI block grant cannot be used to pay colour or cover artwork charges.

If the UK Research Council (UKRI) grant/s acknowledged in the paper were awarded to institutions other than The University of Manchester, the corresponding author's affiliation must be The University of Manchester to access the block grant.

The Wellcome Trust

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)

Or

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

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

British Heart Foundation 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: British Heart Foundation 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.

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 University Open Access fund is intended to support Manchester authors in achieving immediate Open Access for unfunded research outputs, as well as to support Open Access initiatives. The 2020-2021 fund can be requested by Manchester authors who wish to:

  • Publish unfunded journal articles with Open Access publishers with whom the Library has established prepayment accounts: BioMed Central; Frontiers; MDPI; and PLoS. Please see the tabs for each publisher in the Publisher deals and discounts section below for instructions on accessing these accounts.
  • Publish unfunded journal articles with traditional subscription-based publishers with whom the Library has established transformative Open Access deals: Wiley; Springer; Institute of Physics (IOP); The Royal Society; and SAGE. Please see the tabs for each publisher in the Publisher deals and discounts section below for instructions on accessing these deals.
  • Publish unfunded papers in Open Access journals which are not covered by publisher prepayment accounts. Please contact us with details of your intended journal submission to request funds.
  • Publish an Open Access monograph. The Library will be running a monograph Open Access funding competition with the Faculty of Humanities. We will share more information on this in November 2020, but encourage interested authors to contact us to express interest.
  • The Library is also keen to hear of any Open Research initiatives or platforms that could benefit from funding. Please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Please note: approval of funding requests will be managed on a first come, first served basis, and is subject to outputs being accepted for publication before June 2021, to ensure payments are made to publishers before the closure of the grant.

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.

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 

BioMed Central

Summary

  • Prepayment account covers 100% of APC for unfunded papers

Author actions

  • Contact the Open Access team via uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk when submitting your paper to a BioMed Central journal
  • We will advise you of a code to provide to the journal during submission
  • If your paper is accepted, the APC will be charged to our prepayment account

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

  • Prepayment account covers 100% of APC for unfunded papers

Author actions

  • Contact the Open Access team via uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk when submitting your paper to a BMJ journal
  • We will advise you of a code to provide to the journal during submission
  • If your paper is accepted, the APC will be charged to our prepayment account

Brill

Summary

Author actions

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

De Gruyter

Summary

  • Limited first come first served deal covering 100% of the APC fee for corresponding authors affiliated to The University of Manchester

Frontiers

Summary

  • Prepayment account covers 100% of APC for unfunded papers

Author actions

  • During the submission process, state your affiliation to The University of Manchester

IEEE

Summary

  • IEEE Open Access Unlimited deal covers 100% of £1,500 APC
  • Available to authors funded by UKRI or Wellcome Trust
  • Deal applies to all journals
  • Corresponding author must be affiliated to The University of Manchester

Author actions

  • When completing the IEEE Publication Agreement, select the CC-BY licence
  • Select "Seek funding from The University of Manchester" to refer the charges to the Library

Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP)

Summary

MDPI

Summary

  • Prepayment account covers 100% of APC for unfunded papers
  • 10% discount for all Manchester papers, even if authors are not seeking use of unfunded paper prepayment account

Author actions

  • Select The University of Manchester at the ‘Institutional membership’ section of the MDPI submission system and click confirm

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Summary

  • Prepayment account covers 100% of APC for unfunded papers

Author actions

  • During the submission process, state your affiliation to The University of Manchester

The Royal Society

Summary

  • Prepayment account covers 100% of APC for unfunded papers
  • 25% discount for all Manchester papers, even if authors are not seeking use of unfunded paper prepayment account (approximate APC cost is between £1,200 and £1,400)
  • Deal applies to all journals

Author actions

  • During the submission process state your affiliation with The University of Manchester

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

Summary

Author actions

During the submission process:

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

Taylor & Francis

Summary

  • 75% discount on APCs (approximate cost of £540)
  • Deal applies to all Taylor & Francis Open Select (excluding Medical) and Routledge Open Select journals

Author actions

  • On acceptance of your article email apc@tandf.co.uk, including your name, institutional affiliation, journal name and article title, requesting that the NESLi APC discount is applied to the Open Select fee.

Wiley

Summary

  • Wiley deal covers full cost of APC
  • Deal applies to hybrid 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’