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Publisher discounts and membership options: make gold open access cheaper

The University is a member of several schemes which entitle us to discounts on the costs of gold open access publishing. Please check below to see whether we are entitled to a discount with the publisher you have chosen. There are instructions on how to access each discount, but for further help please email the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Sarah Roughley.

The University of Liverpool is a member of IOP's open access offsetting deal. IOP offsets 90% of our open access payments for articles in subscriptions journals in one year against the cost of our subscription fees for the following year.

While the European Research Council's Framework Programme 7 (FP7) ran until 2013, a recently announced Gold open access pilot scheme means that funding is now available to make outputs from associated research available on an open access basis up to two years from the date of the project ending. To see if your project qualifies for funding, type your FP7 acronym or project name into the search box at the top of the scheme's web page.

This funding is available from OpenAIRE. In order to be eligible for the funding, peer-reviewed research articles or monographs must be available on a Gold open access basis and must have a CC-BY licence where possible.

More detailed information about the scheme is available on the OpenAIRE website.

The university has membership of discount schemes with the following publishers:

  • SpringerOpen - as part of a UK-wide deal, University of Liverpool authors are able to publish open access in Springer subscription journals that offer the Open Choice option without having to pay an APC. When you publish an article with Springer you will be asked if you wish to make the article open access - the library will then be asked to confirm that you are a member of staff and, once that has been verified, Springer will make your work open access. More information is available on the Springer website.
  • BMJ - discount of 25% for authors with a or email address. Once your paper is accepted you'll be sent a discount code.
  • BioMed Central - discount of 15% on standard gold open access fees. If you submit your manuscript on campus, the publisher will automatically apply the discount to your invoice. If you submit off campus there are extra steps to take. More information is available from the BioMed Central website.
  • Royal Society - discount of 25% on standard gold open access fees
  • SAGE - by quoting code Nesli20176 in the "University/Institution Account Code" field of the web form when requesting open access, a substantial discount will be applied to the article processing charge
  • Taylor & Francis - discount of 75% on article processing charges when publishing in one of these journals (opens a PDF list of participating journal titles).

If you have an article accepted by one of these publishers which you need to make available on a gold open access basis, please ensure you inform the publisher that you are a University of Liverpool author and thus qualify for the discount.

Note that in most cases a paper only qualifies for a discount if the corresponding author is based here at Liverpool.

The university has an account with the Institute of Electronics and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) which gives us a discount for RCUK and COAF-funded research and enables researchers to skip the Gold open access Payments process above. When your paper is accepted, all you need to do is select University of Liverpool from the drop down menu provided.

We also have an account with the publisher Wiley that streamlines the APC payment process and enables us to claim a 25% discount for RCUK and COAF-funded research. When submitting your paper, please ensure that you select either the University of Liverpool RCUK (RCUK-funded only) or University of Liverpool COAF (COAF-funded only) option. If your research isn't eligible for RCUK or COAF funding, please select University of Liverpool Institutional from the dropdown menu.

We now have an agreement with Brill Publishers which entitles Liverpool authors to a 20% discount off journal APC prices. Please see for more information about Brill and Open Access.

Current article publication charges for a subscription journal:

CC-BY: €1,995

CC-BY-NC(-ND): €1,330

Authors should use the discount code JISCOADISC in Rightslink for Open Access.

Different charges apply for fully Open Access journals - check the journal information for more details.