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Publisher Deals

King's has arranged deals with the following publishers to reduce the cost of APC payments. Some may be of use to authors not funded by COAF health charities or RCUK councils. For more help, please email

Biomed Central
BMC Discount

APC discount = 15%

All King's authors can select the "King's College London" Membership Account from the drop down list on submission to obtain the discount. This option is available on campus or via King's RemoteApp otherwise.

BMC Pre-pay Account

APC discount = 20%

Pre-payment discount applies only when the university agrees to meet the cost of the article from the COAF or RCUK block grants (apply here before submission to confirm funds will be available). Eligible authors will be given a code by the Library Research Support team to pass to BMC.

BMJ Discount

APC discount = 20%

This discount applies to papers appearing in BMJ titles where the corresponding author is affiliated to King's College London or King's Health Partners.

Karger Discount

APC discount - 50%

This discount applies to article processing charges for King's authors whose papers appear in Karger open access titles.

Royal Society

Royal Society Discount

APC discount = 25%

All authors affiliated to King's should receive this discount.


Sage Nesli2 Scheme

APC discount = cost reduced to £400

King's authors are entitled to a discounted rate of £400 for APCs when publishing in titles that are within the Sage Choice Scheme and/or the Sage Premier Scheme. Claim this discount by entering ‘NESLi16’ in the 'University/Institution Account Code' field when requesting the Sage Choice option. This is a voucher scheme, and as such only a certain number of discounted APC are available each year.


Springer Compact 

APC = free

Applies to Springer 'Open Choice' titles: the majority of Springer's subscription journals (see this list for an up to date indication of their Open Choice titles). An agreement is in place which means that King's authors can currently publish open access articles in Springer Compact titles without charge. Be aware that your affiliation is checked.


SpringerOpen Discount

APC discount = 15%

Applies to Springer's fully open access journals. All King's authors are eligible for the 15% discount. 

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis Open Access Scheme

APC discount = cost reduced to £450

Whenever a King’s researcher submits an article to T&F they receive a message advising that they may be eligible to a discount because of their institutional subscription, and to contact This is a voucher scheme, and as such only a certain number of discounted APC are available each year.


Wiley Pre-pay Account

APC discount = 25%

Pre-payment discount applies only when the cost of the article is met from the RCUK or COAF block grants. King’s authors acknowledging RCUK or COAF can select 'KCL' when submitting to a Wiley Open Access journal or opting for OnlineOpen.



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