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Research Publishing (Open Access): APCs & funding opportunities

Open access compliance and REF 2021

Article Processing Charges (APCs): sources of funding

Applications for funding for APCs can be made to the University's Research Office by completing the Article Processing Charge online request form. This has to be made by the corresponding author. If you are not the corresponding author and the corresponding author is employed at another University then they must apply to their home institution for funding.

Before you decide which journal you would like your article to be publish in it is useful to check if a publisher deal is available to offset the cost of APCs or if there is some other means of funding eg a charity.

APC journal publisher deals and charging information

In instances where the University of the Highlands and Islands already has a subscription relationship with a journal publisher, discounted deals to mitigate article processing charges may be available for their titles.

Please check the list provided below for details. Don't forget that the University is constantly negotiating new deals, so check back frequently as the list will be updated accordingly.

American Chemical Society:  ACS operates an ‘Author choice’ programme.

Edinburgh University Press: discounts are available to UHI researchers – please contact the Open Access Compliance Officer for further details (standard charge before vat is £1000, usual UHI discount is 25%).

Sage: discounts are available to UHI researchers – please contact the Open Access Compliance Officer for further details (the discounted APC currently stands at £200).

Springer Nature: Publish in hybrid open access journals for free. The Springer Compact agreement includes only hybrid subscription-based journals, and is based on the Open Choice publishing option.  List of Open Choice eligible subscription-based journals covered by the UK open access agreement. Articles published under the Springer Compact agreement follow the Open Choice conditions. For more information on the copyright and the licence terms in general please refer to Springer Open Choice.

Taylor and Francis: The University of the Highlands and Islands is issued with a limited number of vouchers for open access articles, and a discount is applied to the cost of the articles; please contact the Open Access Compliance Officer for further details. Please note that these arrangements do not apply to all Taylor and Francis titles.


Should you not be able to find a deal that suits your publication needs, please contact the Open Access Compliance Officer for further guidance, or complete the Article Processing Charge request form.


The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is an umbrella initiative established by six partners under the auspices of the Association of Medical Research Charities.

Additionally, researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust may apply for APC costs from the Trust itself, even if not affiliated to a COAF-funded institution. However, researchers should be aware of publisher requirements set by Wellcome, relating to depositing, licensing and invoicing.

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Article Processing Charge (APC) funding request

Use the online form to make an application for funding for article processing charges.

Don't forget that the Open Access Compliance Officer can provide guidance for applications. Advice can be sought at any stage of the publishing process (whether initially or when article processing charges are due for payment); the earlier the better.

Open Access Compliance Officer: 

Morag Llewellyn


Tel: 01851 770408