Support for Open Access Funding

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At Salford, we are committed to a sustainable open access model, so we encourage researchers to make 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 and we can provide support and advice to help you decide where to publish. We also encourage you to look at our open access deals with publishers when choosing where to publish – details of these can be found below.

However, if it is important for your work to be made open access immediately upon publication (via the paid 'Gold' route) we do have some limited funding. You can apply to the UKRI and Institutional Open Access Funds through to our application form below - as soon as your research output has been accepted for publication or on submission for pure open access journals. The funds are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, subject to the eligibility criteria and ADRI approval. This guide will help you choose the how to make your work open access.

Publisher agreements

We have agreements with several academic journal publishers which reduce or remove the cost of publishing open access in their journals. If you are publishing with any of the publishers who offer a discount you will still need to apply for open access funding using the online form below. Contact us for advice to discuss your options in case funding is not available.

Publisher Details How to apply
ACS Subscribing institution + individual ACS membership discount Use the online form
Cambridge University Press University of Salford corresponding authors are able to publish open access in the majority of CUP journals. See the Open access agreement for Jisc institutions for more information. Via publisher website – no need to apply
Frontiers 10% discount available to submitting University of Salford authors. See Open Access with Frontiers for more information. Use the online form
Microbiology Society University of Salford corresponding authors are able to publish open access in Microbiology Society journals. See Open Access with Microbiology Society for more information. Via publisher website – no need to apply
PLOS

Note: the following are available for papers submitted after 1 April 2021.

University of Salford corresponding authors are able to publish open access in PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS Genetics.. See PLOS Flat Fee Agreement for more information.

Salford also has a deal for PLOS Biology. See PLOS Community Action Publishing for more information and email library-research@salford.ac.uk if you are considering publishing with PLOS Biology.

Via publisher website – no need to apply
Sage University of Salford authors are able to publish open access in Springer subscription journals. See Open Access agreements at Sage for more information. Via publisher website – no need to apply
Springer University of Salford authors are able to publish open access in Springer subscription journals that offer the Open Choice option without having to pay an APC. See the UK Read and Publish (Springer Compact) agreement for a full list of titles. Note: The Springer agreement does not cover journals published by Nature, who continue to charge open access fees for their titles. Via publisher website – no need to apply
Wiley

University of Salford corresponding authors are able to publish open access in all Wiley journals. See the Open access agreement for Jisc institutions for more information. 

It is expected this will only be available for non-UKRI funded papers until the end of June 2021 – for more information contact library-research@salford.ac.uk

Via publisher website – no need to apply

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Institutional Open Access Fund

We encourage you to look at our open access deals with publishers or green open access as an alternative to paid open access. This chart will help you to decide if Gold Open Access is your best option.

Subject to available funds and meeting the eligibility criteria, the Institutional Open Access fund will pay up to the full open access cost plus any applicable VAT on your behalf. Priority will be given to pure open access journals and the fund is not intended for the use of hybrid, where the green self-archiving route is available for open access. If you are submitting to a pure open access journal apply for funding on submission of your article to ensure there is time to make alterative arrangements if funding is not available.

Elibility criteria
  1. To apply for funding to cover an open access fee, at least one of the article's authors must be a current member of University of Salford academic staff.
  2. To be eligible for funding, an article must:
    a. Have been accepted for publication in a credible open access journal. Authors will be asked to run a quick 'think, check, submit' credibility check as part of the application.
    b. Be expected to be included in Salford's REF submission and assessed as 3* or 4* quality AND/OR
    c. Contain original research findings which need to be openly and immediately available in order to achieve their potential impact, i.e. need to be accessed by a non-academic audience unlikely to have access to journal subscriptions (e.g. school teachers, health professionals, industry leaders) and without embargo period.
    d. After publication, be actively shared and promoted amongst relevant audiences within and beyond academia. Authors will be asked to indicate how they plan to do this as part of the application.
  3. Applications will be checked by the Library Open Access team and Open access funding decisions will be made by the appropriate ADRI, subject to the availability of funds.

UKRI open access fund

Our UKRI fund supports open access for any articles which acknowledge UKRI funding and can be published via gold open access with a CC-BY licence. Subject to available funds, the UKRI open access fund will pay up to the full cost of the APC plus any applicable VAT on your behalf.

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Article funding
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Authors are asked to run a quick 'think, check, submit' credibility check as part of the application.
i.e. need to be accessed by a non-academic audience unlikely to have access to journal subscriptions (e.g. school teachers, health professionals, industry leaders) and without embargo period.
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Open Access Monographs  

Just like articles, books can be made more visible and have greater impact if published open access and there are many different business models available for open access monographs.

The OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit (https://oabooks-toolkit.org) has lots of useful information about publishing open access monographs. There are many similarities between open access books and articles, but there are differences, for example costs, business models, funder policies and the publication process. As open access books are free to read other revenue models are required and Business models for open access book publishing explains the different options with publisher examples. You may be required to pay a fee to make your book open access and the toolkit provides a useful list of funding sources for open access books.

We are keen to support open access monographs, but our open access funding is limited. If you are interested in publishing your monograph open access, please email Wendy Taylor, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at library-research@salford.ac.uk to discuss your options.