APCs included in publisher deals

calculator-1818_640To facilitate open access, some journal publishers are including Article Processing Charges (APCs) in journal subscription deals, so authors can make their research articles open access at no additioanl cost. The Library spends the bulk of its resource budget on journal subscription fees and currently has journal subscriptions with all the major publishers. The Library now has agreements with some of them that cover the cost of APCs for researchers at the university.

The Edinburgh Napier University Open Access Policy states that we are a Green open access route university, encouraging researchers to deposit their research in the repository. However, to make full advantage of publisher deals, the information below can help you find out whether the publisher of your target journal is part of one of these deals. Regardless of whether you make use of these deals 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.

How can I find out if open access costs are covered for the publisher of my target journal?

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

How do I use a free APC?

If there is a free or discounted APC available that you’d like to use, the publisher may inform you about it already. If not, the next step is to contact the library to check whether the deal is still available.

If there is a discounted APC available that you want to use but you do not have funding to meet the full cost, contact the Dean of School 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.

Publisher Offer
Brill Napier-affiliated authors can publish their articles open access in all Brill journals at no extra cost. Contact your Subject Librarian for futher details.
British Psychological Society All authors with a BPS membership will not be charged an APC when they publish in the following journals published by Wiley:


  • British Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • British Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • British Journal of Educational Psychology
  • British Journal of Health Psychology
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Neuropsychology
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice

When you’re submitting your article in Wiley’s submission system, select British Psychological Society as the funder. Check the BPS Members Benefits webpage for full details.

Cambridge University Press
A new agreement has started which covers the open access publication of all research articles at no additional cost for authors. Contact your Subject Librarian for current information.
Edinburgh University Press 25% discount on APCs. Contact your Subject Librarian for current information.
Karger Free APCs in all hybrid and gold open access titles. Contact your Subject Librarian for current APC information.
Oxford University Press A new agreement is due to start with OUP shortly.
Sage SAGE offer Gold Open Access for articles published in SAGE journals, where the corresponding author is affiliated with Edinburgh Napier University (or any other Scottish university). This is free at the point of publication to the author. Contact your Subject Librarian for further information.
Springer Springer has a national agreement with UK universities called the Springer Compact. The cost of open access publishing is covered by this agreement, so all eligible research articles can be made open access. New for 2021-22 – some (but not all) Nature journals are included. Contact your Subject Librarian for current information.
Taylor and Francis/Routledge A new agreement has started with Taylor & Francis, covering all research and review articles. Contact your Subject Librarian for current information.
Wiley Edinburgh Napier University has an open access arrangement with Wiley which means that all authors affiliated with participating institutions (including ENU) may publish primary research and review articles in Wiley journals at no further charge. The corresponding author must be from an eligible institution. Please note that only a certain number of articles can be published each year under this agreement – the limit may be reached towards the end of each year. In 2021, the deal has been ‘paused’ from 1 July. Please contact your Subject Librarian for current information.