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. The Library now has agreements with some of them that cover the cost of APCs for research-active staff at the university.
The Edinburgh Napier University Open Access Policy states we are a Green open access route university, encouraging researchers to deposit in the repository. However, to make full advantage of publisher deals, the information below can help you find out if free or discounted APCs are covered 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 publisher may inform you about it already. If not, the next step is to contact the publisher to check the deal is still available.
|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:
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. A new agreement may come into effect in 2021.|
|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||Free APCs in all hybrid and gold open access titles. 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 now has an open access arrangement with Wiley. From 2 March 2020, a new agreement 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 and the article must have been accepted on or after 2 March 2020. Please contact your Subject Librarian for current information.