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Publishing open access on the publisher website

When you publish open access on the publisher website, your work will be freely available to be read, downloaded and reused, immediately upon online publication. It will be published with a licence such as one of the Creative Commons licences, of which the most open is CC BY. Sometimes referred to as “gold” open access, you can publish open access in "pure gold" (fully open access) journals, or in "hybrid" journals, which operate a mixed model of subscription access and open access publishing. Publish open access monographs with specialist open access book publishers, University e-presses, or commercial publishers offering this option.

You may not need to pay to publish open access. Many journals listed in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) do not charge publishing fees (filter DOAJ by "no APC"); we have signed up to publisher agreements that include open access publishing at no extra cost for University of Exeter authors. Or, you may be required to pay an open access Article Processing Charge (APC) or Book Processing Charge (BPC).

Even if you do not publish open access on the publisher website, most publishers allow you to make your accepted manuscript open access in the institutional repository ORE (self-archiving). The publisher may impose an "embargo" on access and place restrictions on how much can be deposited e.g. this is often limited to one chapter of a monograph.

Funder requirements to publish open access

If you acknowledge external funding, your funder may require to you make your work open access. You may be able to meet your funder open access requirements by uploading your accepted manuscript via Symplectic to ORE and/or funder repository e.g. PubMed Central, if applicable. If the publisher-imposed embargo exceeds the maximum embargo allowed by your funder, you may need to publish open access on the publisher website in order to comply. From 2021 all peer-reviewed original research articles funded by the Wellcome Trust must be open access immediately upon online publication (no embargo is allowed).

Who pays for open access?

We have agreements in place with publishers that include open access publishing at a discount or at no extra cost for University of Exeter authors. If you need to pay to publish open access, your funder may pay for this either through your research grant or via central funds provided to the institution. The University of Exeter has central open access funds, administered by the Open Research team:

  1. UK Research Councils open access block grant - for research funded by the UK Research Councils.
  2. Wellcome Trust open access funds
  3. Institutional open access fund - for outputs that have no other funding to pay for open access.

To apply for open access funding, submit an open access funding request. Apply upon acceptance to a hybrid journal; apply upon submission to a fully open access journal.

In addition to charging journal subscriptions and open access APCs, some publishers also charge other publication charges including publication fees, page, colour, figure or excess length charges. It is important to determine how you will pay publication charges, should your work be accepted, before submitting to a journal that charges these.

Check the terms and conditions of your research grant to discover whether these are eligible costs.

Other publication charges have not been permitted to be included in UK Research Council grant applications since 01 April 2013. If you have charges of this type associated with your UK Research Councils funded outputs, please approach the publisher to request a waiver. If the charges are for colour printing, please opt for "colour online only" free of charge. If the publication charges are mandatory and  you have already approached the publisher to request a waiver and they cannot be waived, contact us.

From 01 Jan 2021, the Wellcome Trust will not fund any non-open access publication costs e.g. colour, page charges etc.