Open access publishing makes articles free for readers to access, and this means a major shift in how publishers generate income. The cost of what’s known as ‘gold’ open access publishing is covered by fees called article processing charges (APCs) paid by authors (usually by their institution or funder) upon publication.
At Salford, we are committed to a sustainable open access model, so we encourage researchers where possible to make your articles open access via the ‘green’ route: this means you deposit your author-accepted manuscript (AAM) in USIR when it’s accepted, there’s no APC to pay, and the article will be made openly available as soon as any embargo period required by your publisher ends. In many cases this will be the most suitable option.
However, if it is important for your work to be made open access immediately upon publication (via the ‘gold’ route), there are several possible options to help cover your APC costs:
Our Open Access Support Fund is open to current University of Salford staff publishing an article in a fully (‘pure’) open access journal. Subject to available funds and the eligibility criteria, the Open Access Support Fund will pay up to the full cost of the APC plus any applicable VAT on your behalf.
You can apply to the fund through our online form as soon as your research output has been accepted for publication. RCUK-funded researchers should also use this form to apply for open access funding. We aim to reply with a decision on your application within 3 working days, but at busy times this could take longer. We will let you know if there is likely to be a delay in reviewing your application.
Please note, this fund is limited and will be allocated a first come, first served basis, subject to the eligibility criteria and Research Centre Director approval.
We have institutional agreements with these publishers which provide discounted APCs and are helping to support the transition to open access publishing. Please see publisher open access agreements for details of which journals are covered and how to apply.
This is not an exclusive list of open access funding options. If your research is funded from alternative sources, we encourage you to check with your funder as to the availability of support for open access charges. You may also wish to discuss funding options with your ADRI or Research Centre Director.
For further advice about open access funding or the Open Access Support Fund in particular please do not hesitate to contact the Library Open Access Team.
Please complete the Open Access Fund application form.