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 - 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 chart will help you to decide if Gold Open Access is your best option.

Eligibility 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.

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 at the foot of this page. Contact us for advice to discuss your options in case funding is not available.

Publisher Discount details How 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. Note: From 12 October until 01 January 2021 open access is limited to outputs acknowledging RCUK or charity funding (formerly COAF). Contact to discuss your options if you are submitting to Wiley or have a paper accepted in this time. Use the online form
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
Taylor & Francis 75% discount on most Taylor & Francis Open Select (hybrid) journals (approximate cost of £540) Use the online form
Frontiers 10% discount available to submitting University of Salford authors. See Open Access with Frontiers for more information. Use the online form
ACS Subscribing institution + individual ACS membership discount Use the online form

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. Some publishers charge a Book Processing Charge (BPC), others, for example Open Book Publishers (OBP), do not charge authors but source funding in other ways, and some publishers will allow you to make your chapter open access in a repository like USIR.


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 to discuss your options.