Open Access (OA) journals and hybrid journals may require an additional payment to the publisher to be made to have a paper immediately open access on the date of publication. This charge known as an APC (Article Processing Charge) is usually payable when the manuscript is editorially accepted and before publication and is charged to either the author, research funder, institution or employer.
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 published 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.
In instances where the University of the Highlands and Islands already has a subscription relationship with a publisher, discounted deals to mitigate article processing charges may be available for their journal titles. Please check the list provided below for details.
Don't forget to recheck this page for new deals that the University is constantly negotiating.
The Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) is a partnership between six health research charities, including Wellcome, to enable free and unrestricted access to the published outputs of the research we support.
NOTE: COAF is ending on 30 September 2020. COAF relies on all partners sharing a common open access (OA) policy. This will no longer be the case from January 2021 when Wellcome implements its Plan S-aligned OA policy. Consequently, COAF will end on 30 September 2020.
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.