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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 now fully allocated for the academic year 2019-2020. Further details about the Fund for next academic year will be released nearer the time. 

Requesting OA funding

If you are hoping to access funds from either the UKRI or COAF 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 COAF funding. For book chapters and monographs contact the Open Access Service team.

If you plan to publish in a fully OA 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 about what funds can be used for 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.

Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)

COAF 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: 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.

Institutional Open Access Fund

This Fund is now fully allocated. Details of the Fund for 2020-2021 will be released nearer the time. 

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 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.

American Chemical Society

Summary

  • Papers acknowledging funding from UKRI and where the corresponding author is affiliated to The University of Manchester. 

Author actions

  • Select the CC BY licence
  • Select "Seek funding from The University of Manchester" to refer the charges to the Library

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

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

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

  • 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

Royal Society

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

  • 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

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’