Open Access funding

Many publishers allow authors to make their journal articles and conference papers open access immediately on publication in return for paying a fee, the Article Processing Charge (APC). Some journals are exclusively open access and require payment of an APC for all articles.

The University of Salford has funding available through the Open Access Support Fund to pay APCs on behalf of staff and postgraduate research students. It is your choice whether to pay an APC for your research output, but some research funders (including RCUK) prefer you to do so. You can apply for this funding whether or not your research has been externally funded.

The Open Access Support Fund will pay up to the full cost of the APC plus any applicable VAT on your behalf. If your research is RCUK-funded you can also apply for the fund to pay page fees and/or colour plate charges.

If you want to apply to the fund, you should notify your publisher that you hope to publish open access at the earliest opportunity. You can apply to the fund through our online form as soon as your research output has been accepted for publication. 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’s likely to be a delay in reviewing your application.


For further advice about applying to the Open Access Support Fund please contact the Library Open Access Team.