With 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 or discounted APC available that you’d like to use, the next step is to contact the publisher to check the deal is still available.
|Brill||Contact your Subject Librarian for current APC information.|
|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:
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.
|CUP||Discount on APCs. Contact your Subject Librarian if you are interested in using an APC from this publisher.|
|Elsevier||Edinburgh Napier University has no APC arrangements with this publisher and they do not offset subscription costs.
|EUP (Edinburgh University Press)||25% discount on APCs. Contact your Subject Librarian for current information.|
|IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)||If we purchase 2 or more APCs within the current subscription period, a 25% discount could be applied to each APC. If you are interested in using an APC with this publisher please contact your Subject Librarian to investigate the options available.|
|Karger||50% discount on APCs available for selected titles. Other conditions apply. Contact your Subject Librarian for current APC information.|
|OUP||No current discounting. Contact your Subject Librarian if you are interested in using an APC from this publisher.|
|Sage||SAGE offer Gold Open Access for articles published in SAGE Choice hybrid journals, where the primary author is an employee of Edinburgh Napier University. This is free at the point of publication to the author. Please note that “Pure Gold Open Access” journals published by SAGE are not covered as part of this deal. Contact your Subject Librarian if you are interested in using an APC from this publisher.|
|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. Contact your Subject Librarian for current APC information.|
|Taylor and Francis||Heavily discounted APCs (£450) may be available for most Taylor & Francis Open Select (hybrid) journals. Please note that Medical titles are not currently included in this scheme. Contact your Subject Librarian for current APC information.|
|Wiley||Edinburgh Napier University has no APC arrangements with Wiley, except for in British Psychological Society journals (see above).