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Choose where to publish open access
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 by anybody with an internet connection, anywhere in the world. It will be published with a licence such as one of the Creative Commons licences, of which the most open is CC BY. Publish open access in full 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. Your research funder may require you to publish open access.
Funding to publish open access
Many peer-reviewed open access journals listed in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) do not charge publishing fees (filter DOAJ by "without APCs"). Open access monograph publishers have varied business models that do not always require author publishing fees. University researchers can publish open access without publishing fees in journals included in publisher Transformative Agreements, as it has already been paid for.
If your chosen publishing venue is not covered by existing publisher agreements, you may be required to pay a fee to publish open access. Your funder may pay publishing costs through your research grant or via central funds provided to the institution. The University's central open access funds are administered by the Open Research team in the Library, in accordance with University central OA funds policy. We have four central open access funds:
- UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
- Wellcome Trust
- British Heart Foundation
- Institutional open access fund
Request open access funding using the link to the right of this page, or email us.
Other publication charges
When submitting to a journal that charges page charges, colour, figure or excess length charges, it is important to determine how you will pay these before submitting. Most funders including Horizon Europe, NIHR, UKRI and the Wellcome Trust no longer pay "non-open access publication costs". We recommend seeking publishing options that do not incur additional costs such as "colour online only" free if charge, or requesting a waiver from the publisher