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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. Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)
  3. Institutional 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 COAF 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.

The Institutional Fund is available according to Faculty or School criteria until the fund is exhausted. 

Requesting OA funding

How to request funding depends on the fund you’re hoping to access. Please select your situation from the options below for instructions.

Authors should usually request funding once a paper is accepted for publication, but if you plan to publish in a fully OA journal, we recommend contacting 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.

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

Example of funder-approved acknowledgement format:

  • Single grant

This work was supported by [Funder] [grant number xxxxx].

  • Multiple grants

This work was supported by the [Funder 1] [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; [Funder 2] [grant number zzzz]; and [Funder 3] [grant number aaaa].

My work acknowledges funding from the UK Research Councils (UKRI)

Request funding using the Library deposit form in the Open Access (OA) Gateway, ticking the box to indicate your UK Research Council (UKRI) funding.

If you cannot access this form, or want to request funding for book chapters or monographs, please submit your funding request via email to uml.oagateway@manchester.ac.uk.

N.B. 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 UKRI fund can be used to cover the following costs:

  1. Article Processing Charges (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.

My work acknowledges funding from a COAF medical charity

Request funding using the Library deposit form in the Open Access (OA) Gateway, ticking the box to indicate your COAF funding.

If you cannot access this form, or want to request funding for book chapters or monographs, please submit your funding request via email to uml.oagateway@manchester.ac.uk.

COAF can be used to cover Article Processing Charges (APCs) for peer-reviewed original research articles or reviews that are not commissioned or invited, 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 deposit to EuropePMC within 6 months of publication

N.B. COAF 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.

My work acknowledges funding from both the UK Research Councils (UKRI) and COAF

Request funding using the Library deposit form in the Open Access (OA) Gateway, ticking both boxes to indicate your UK Reseach Councils (UKRI) and COAF funding.

If you cannot access this form, or want to request funding for book chapters or monographs, please submit your funding request via email to uml.oagateway@manchester.ac.uk.

The Library will assess your funding request against the eligibility criteria of both funders.

My work does not acknowledge any funding, or I can't access any Open Access funds from my funder

You may be able to access the University’s institutional Open Access (OA) fund. Check your Faculty or School’s eligibility criteria, and how to apply for funding, below:

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Eligibility criteria:

  • Authors who do not have access to other sources of OA funding

How to apply:

  • Contact the Library via uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk 
  • Authors submitting papers to subscription journals should contact the Library when a paper has been accepted for publication
  • Authors submitting papers to fully OA journals should usually discuss funding with the Library prior to submission.  

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Eligibility criteria:

  • Early Career Researchers who do not have access to other sources of OA funding
  • Papers judged to be 4* or borderline 3*/4*

How to apply:

  • Authors should discuss funding with the appropriate contact below. This may be prior to submission or when a paper has been accepted for publication. 
  • Requests for funding should include approval from the named contact and be sent by email to uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk

School contacts:

  • Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science: Stuart Holmes
  • Chemistry: David Mills
  • Computer Science: Gavin Brown
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences: Gordon McFiggans
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Krikor Ozanyan
  • Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering: Tim Stallard
  • Materials: Ian Kinloch
  • Mathematics: Francoise Tisseur
  • Physics and Astronomy: Rene Breton

Faculty of Humanities: Alliance Manchester Business School

Eligibility criteria:

  • Early Career Researchers and established researchers
  • Articles accepted by journals on the CABS list

How to apply:

  • Contact the Library via uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk
  • Authors should usually discuss funding with the Library prior to submission but funding may be approved when a paper has been accepted for publication.

Faculty of Humanities: School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Eligibility criteria: TBC

How to apply:

  • Authors should discuss funding with their School Director of Research. This may be prior to submission or when a paper has been accepted for publication.
  • Requests for funding should include approval from the School Director of Research and be sent by email to uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk

Faculty of Humanities: School of Law

Eligibility criteria:

  • Will normally prioritise support for articles connected to impact case studies, but will also support articles in leading journals

How to apply:

  • Authors should discuss funding with their School Deputy Director of Research. This may be prior to submission or when a paper has been accepted for publication.
  • Requests for funding should include approval from the School Deputy Director of Research and be sent by email to uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk

Faculty of Humanities: School of Environment, Education and Development

Eligibility criteria:

  • Eligibility limited to Early Career Researchers
  • High impact journals

How to apply:

  • Authors should discuss funding with their School Director of Research. This may be prior to submission or when a paper has been accepted for publication.
  • Requests for funding should include approval from the School Director of Research and be sent by email to uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk

Faculty of Humanities: School of Social Sciences

Eligibility criteria:

  • Open to all researchers affiliated with the School
  • Will support articles and monographs

How to apply:

  • Authors should discuss funding with their School Director of Research. This may be prior to submission or when a paper has been accepted for publication.
  • Requests for funding should include approval from the School Director of Research and be sent by email to uml.openaccess@manchester.ac.uk

My publisher is asking for payment before my paper has been accepted

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.

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

Publisher deals and discounts

The Library has signed up to deals that discount the cost of Gold Open Access with a number of publishers. Some deals are restricted to authors funded by UKRI or the Wellcome Trust. 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.

All University of Manchester authors are eligible for the deals listed below.  

American Chemical Society

Summary

  • 33% Subscribing institution discount (approximate APC cost with CC-BY licence of £2,590)
  • 67% Subscribing institution + individual ACS membership discount (approximate APC cost with CC-BY licence of £1,500)

Author actions

When completing the Author Choice form:

  • Select the CC-BY licence if your funder requires it 
  • Select the option to apply discounts, then select The University of Manchester from the list of institutions to obtain our institutional discount
  • If you’re an ACS member, input your membership ID to obtain the further membership discount

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

MDPI (Institutional Open Access programme - IOAP)

Summary

  • 10% discount on APCs (cost varies per journal)

Author actions

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

Portland Press ('Opt2Pay')

Summary

  • 15% discount on APCs for three journals (approximate APC cost of £2,100):
    • Biochemical Journal
    • Biochemical Society Transactions
    • Clinical Science

Author actions

  • On acceptance, indicate that you would like your article to be made Open Access

The Royal Society ('Open Access Membership')

Summary

  • 25% discount on APCs (approximate APC cost is between £1,200 and £1,400)
  • Deal applies to all journals

Author actions

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

Sage

Summary

  • 87% discount on APCs (approximate APC cost of £240)
  • Deal applies to 'Sage Choice' journals

Author actions

  • On acceptance of your article enter the code INDNESLI into Sage's Publishing Agreement form

Springer Nature ('Springer Compact')

Summary

Author actions

During the submission process:

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

Taylor & Francis ('NESLi APC Allowance Scheme')

Summary

  • 75% discount on APCs (approximate cost of £540)
  • Deal applies to all Taylor & Francis Open Select 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.