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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 costs 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. 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 email@example.com
Biomed Central 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 grants provided by the COAF and/or UKRI consortia (apply here before submission to confirm funds could be used on your paper). Eligible authors will be given a code by the Library Research Support team to pass to BMC.
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 - 50%
This discount applies to article processing charges for King's authors whose papers appear in Karger open access titles.
APC discount = cost reduced to £200 before publication (£400 after)For titles within the Sage Choice Scheme or the Sage Premier Scheme, King’s authors were entitled to a discounted APC rate. That scheme has not been renewed, but while a new arrangement is being agreed, the journals that would previously have received the discounted rate should at present have their APC waived, though this arrangement is subject to change. To claim the waiver, it may be necessary to enter “NESLi16” in the “University/Institution Account Code” filed when requesting the Sage Choice option.
APC = free
Applies to Springer 'Open Choice' titles: the majority of Springer's subscription journals (see the hybrid journal list for an up to date indication of their Open Choice titles). An agreement is in place which means that King's corresponding authors can currently publish open access articles in Springer Compact titles without charge. Be aware that your affiliation is checked.
Taylor & Francis
APC discounted to £450
Whenever a King's author submits an article to Taylor & Francis, they should receive a message advising them that they may be eligible to a discount on their APC as a result of their institutions subscription arrangements. They will be asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a voucher scheme and as such only a certain number of discounted APCs are available each year.
Wiley Transformative Agreement
APC discount = 100% for the duration of the scheme
This discount applies to all papers published in Wiley journals where the corresponding author has a King’s affiliation. When asked to arrange the payment for the APC, please ensure you request CC BY licence and include details of all funder(s) (i.e.., funder name, grant). You may also be asked for the King’s College London institutional Ringgold ID, which is 4616.
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