Support for Open Access Funding

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Our institutional open access fund is temporarily closed

We would encourage you to look at our open access deals with publishers as an alternative to paid open access – see details below. Please contact to discuss your open access options.

Our UKRI open access fund remains open and you can apply for funding.

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.

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 - shown at the foot of this page - as soon as your research output has been accepted for publication. The funds are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, subject to the eligibility criteria and Research Centre Director 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 REF2021 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 Research Centre Director, 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 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 5% discount Use the online form
ACS Subscribing institution + individual ACS membership discount Use the online form
Institute of Physics (IOP) University of Salford corresponding authors are able to publish open access at no cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. See Open Access for the UK for details on titles covered or email to check Via publisher website for included journals – no need to apply.
Journals not included are entitled to a 70% discount – for these 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.