In some cases authors may only be able to meet their funder(s)' open access requirements by arranging immediate open access though their publisher. This usually incurs a cost called an Article Processing Charge (APC) which is on average £2000, but can be significantly more.
In some cases King’s authors can request funding from the King's block grant to cover the APC costs. The flowchart below should help determine what you need to do to comply with your funder's open access requirements, and whether you need to apply for COAF or UKRI block grant funding to pay an open access fee.
To apply for block grant funding to cover APC costs, please fill in our COAF/UKRI Funding application form.
For more information about COAF/UKRI open access policies please funder open access policies
Who can apply for UKRI/COAF block grant funding to cover APC costs?
King’s is not able to support King’s Health Partners in paying APC costs at this time. Where outputs are produced in collaboration with authors outside of King’s it is usually the home institution of the corresponding author who should meet the cost of any APC.
When to apply for block grant funding
With the COAF/UKRI block grant funds, your research output should be accepted for publication before you apply as it is not possible to earmark funds. However, if you are submitting your paper to a fully open access journal
Please email email@example.com to check whether you will be covered by King's COAF/UKRI block grants before submitting your paper.
What happens to your APC funding request?
When you make a request for funding to cover your APC fee through the COAF/UKRI Funding request form, the Libraries & Collections Research Support team is notified immediately. Your request will be considered against the eligibility criteria and the open access options offered by your chosen journal will be checked. And if eligible for funding, a member of the team will liaise with you to pay the APC. Charges will be paid directly to the publisher.
Please make sure that you also create a record on Pure and upload a copy of the ‘Author’s Accepted Manuscript’ version of your paper as soon as you can after acceptance for publication to ensure compliance and eligibility for REF2021 – and so that your Research Portal profile is kept up-to-date. If you are unsure how to do this, please see our guide to depositing on Pure.
King's has arranged a number of deals with the following publishers to help reduce the cost of APCs (Article Processing Charges – the widely accepted term for open access fees). Some of these agreements may also be of use to authors not funded by COAF health charities or UKRI councils. For more help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Biomed Central BMC Pre-pay Account
APC discount = 20%
Pre-payment discount applies only when the university can meet the cost of the article from the grants provided by the COAF and/or UKRI consortia (apply here before submission to confirm funds could be used on your paper). Authors should apply prior to submission, and if successful will be given a code by the Library Research Support team to pass to BMC on submission.
Brill Journals 2020 Bridging Agreement
Corresponding authors affiliated to King’s can publish their paper Open Access in any of Brill’s journals for free via the Bridging Agreement. The usual Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived. Only Research articles and Review articles are eligible.
When submitting a paper to a Brill journal, authors must indicate that they wish to publish Open Access and identify themselves as affiliated to King’s. If the paper is accepted by the journal, it will be published Open Access automatically, free of charge.
Finally, the agreement applies also to authors not acknowledging funding. However, if acknowledging funding, then please ensure details of ALL funder(s) and grant reference number(s) are acknowledged in the paper, as this is a requirement of most funder(s).
Any queries, please email email@example.com
Elsevier Pre-pay Account
APC discount = 10%
Pre-payment discount applies only when the university agrees to meet the cost of the article from the grants provided by the UKRI consortia (apply here before submission to confirm funds could be used on your paper). Eligible authors will be confirmed as such with Elsevier's pre-pay account team.
APC discount - 10%
We have an institutional arrangement that can be used to reduce the cost of open access charges for King’s staff and students. When you receive an invoice for Frontiers open access costs (usually known as Article Processing Charges or APCs), send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will attempt to secure a discounted rate invoice for you on your behalf. Note that this can take some time, and you will continue to receive automated reminders to pay the original invoice in the meantime.
APC discount - 50%
This discount applies to article processing charges for King's authors whose papers appear in Karger open access titles.
SAGE - UK Jisc Agreement
SAGE’s UK JISC agreement is available to King’s corresponding authors submitting to either subscription (hybrid) or Gold (fully) Open Access journals, as follows:
Please note that when signing SAGE’s Contributor’s Agreement through SAGE’s Open Access Portal, you must select the CC BY Open Access licence (not CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND). CC BY is the creative Commons Attribution license – the license many funders insist is applied to work they fund.
The Research Support team will be alerted to new eligible articles for approval automatically.
Springer Nature – UK Read and Publish (Springer Compact) Agreement
APC = free
The UK Read and Publish (Springer Compact) Agreement applies to Springer 'Open Choice' titles, which make up the majority of Springer's subscription (hybrid) journals. Please check the Springer Hybrid Open Choice journal list for an up-to-date indication of Springer Open Choice titles.
King's corresponding authors can currently publish open access articles in Springer Compact titles without charge.
And if you are a King’s corresponding author, then you can expedite the approval process by ensuring that you have used your King’s affiliation (department), and institutional email address (@kcl.ac.uk).
Please note, the agreement applies also to authors not acknowledging funding. However, if acknowledging funding, then please ensure details of ALL funder(s) and grant reference number(s) are acknowledged in the paper, as this is a requirement of most funder(s).
Wiley – Jisc (Read & Publish) Agreement
King’s authors can take advantage of Wiley’s JISC Agreement by publishing Open Access in both hybrid subscription (Online Open) and fully Open Access journals. Only eligible article types (Original research articles and Review articles) can be published Open Access through this agreement.
Please note, that for requests to be approved swiftly, authors are responsible for ensuring the following are in place:
PLEASE NOTE UPDATE TO ELIGIBILITY: As of 12th October 2020, the Wiley ‘Read & Publish’ deal for UK HEIs is now limited to research funded by UKRI, the Wellcome Trust, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis only. Please ensure details of ALL funder(s) and grant reference number(s) are acknowledged in the paper as required by your funder(s).
Approval and publication of your paper may be delayed if the above conditions are not met when your article reaches the Research Support team for processing.
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