Offset APCs

calculator-1818_640With the rise of open access, some major publishers are factoring in discounted or free Article Processing Charges (APCs) to journal subscription deals. The Library spends the bulk of its resource budget on journal subscription fees and currently has journal subscriptions with all the major publishers. These discounted or free APCs are collectively known as ‘offset APCs’. The Library now has access to information about offset APCs which we are making available to research-active staff at the university.

The Edinburgh Napier University Open Access Policy states we are a Green open access route university. However, to make full advantage of offset APCs we are making this information available to help you find out if there are any offset APCs offered by the publisher of your target journal. Regardless of whether you use an offset APC or not, you still need to deposit your work in the research repository.

We aim to keep the information up to date but please be aware that this is a developing area that can change very quickly. Publishers could withdraw offers at any time, at short notice, or without any notice at all.

How can I find out if the publisher of my target journal is offering offset APCs?

Check the list of publishers and their offers in the table below.

How do I use a discounted APC?

If there is a discounted APC available that you want to use but you do not have funding to meet the full cost of the APC, contact the Dean of School or nominee to find out if there is any funding for publication available. After this, you will still need to check with the publisher that the discounted APC deal is still available.

How do I use a free APC?

If there is a free APC available that you’d like to use, the next step is to contact the publisher to check the deal is still available.

Publisher Offer
Brill 20% discount on all APCs
CUP Currently in negotiation with JISC
Elsevier A pre-payment scheme offering a discount on APCs is available but there is no offsetting of subscription costs
EUP (Edinburgh University Press) Discounted APCs
IEEE & IEL (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Although we benefit from a 25% discount on all IEEE APCs there are stringent conditions. 
Karger 50% discount on Gold APCs
OUP No current discounting. Publisher states that their subscription reflects the level of open access publishing globally.
Sage Heavily discounted Gold APCs
Springer Springer has a national agreement with UK institutions called Springer Compact and is negotiated through JISC. The cost of APCs are covered by this national agreement for a total fee (APCs + subscription costs). The number of articles by UK corresponding authors made open access in Springer hybrid journals will be capped. Essentially, this means APCs are free to you until the cap is reached.
Taylor and Francis APC Offsetting is in the pilot phase so at this time we cannot participate. When up and running T&F will issue a number of vouchers based on institutional journal spend. Each APC will cost £450 (plus VAT) each voucher is valid for 12 months & applies to most but not all T&F titles
Wiley Offset benefits are calculated on subscription costs. However, funds are required to be deposited on account with the publisher.