University of Aberdeen Open Access Fund 

Since 1st April 2013 the University has been in receipt of a block grant to help fund APCs (Article Processing Charges) for the open access publishing of UKRI (previously known as RCUK) funded research; the University also receives money from the Wellcome Trust and Charities Open Access Fund (COAF) to pay APCs for publishing refereed journal articles arising from Wellcome Trust and the affiliated charities funded research grants. COAF includes Bloodwise, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis

Together these block grants constitute the University of Aberdeen Open Access Fund. 

The University encourages use of the Green route for OA publishing. However, if your research is funded by either of these grant awarding bodies and needs to be published using the Gold route for open access (i.e. immediate open access availability on publication) you may obtain funding for your APCs by completing the Article Processing Charges form below. 

You may find the SHERPA Services helpful in determining whether you research should be published green or gold open access. 

SHERPA RoMEO is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of self-archiving permissions and conditions of rights given to authors on a journal-by-journal basis.

SHERPA Juliet is a searchable database and single focal point of up-to-date information concerning funders' policies and their requirements on open access, publication and data archiving.

SHERPA FACT is a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for open access to research.


Please read the accompanying guide Paying Article Processing Charges before completing and submitting the form. 

The University benefits from a number of other deals which can be used be used where Gold open access is needed. These schemes are listed below - please note that there is no requirement for your research output to be funded by external funders to take advantage of these deals. 

SAGE Choice and Sage Premier Schemes 

Our Scottish Higher Education Digital Library SAGE agreement allows authors based at this University to a discounted Article Processing Charge of £200 for publication of articles on the publisher’s Open Access model. 

This flat rate applies to all titles in the Sage Choice Scheme and titles in the Sage Premier 2013package. However, please note: 

  • authors must indicate that they are entitled to the discount by using a code when initially applying for the SAGE Choice option 

  • the code is available here. It must be entered in the “University/Institution Account Code” field of the SAGE Choice Invoice Template 

  • if the code is not used at this stage in submission then the discounted rate cannot be applied retrospectively by SAGE 

  • the SAGE Choice Invoice Template should be returned to the relevant e-mail address at SAGE as instructed on the form 


Beginning 2 March 2020, corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Aberdeen may publish primary research and review articles in any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access or Wiley’s hybrid, OnlineOpen journals at no further charge to the author. Please see the Wiley webpages or contact for further information. 

Taylor & Francis 

If you choose to publish open access in a Taylor & Francis Open Select journal you will be asked to contact the library who will place your order at a discounted rate.

For further information please contact


University of Aberdeen Researchers who have an article accepted for publication in a participating Springer hybrid journal will be able to publish their article open access at no extra cost under the Springer Compact Agreement

Please note that it does not apply to fully open access titles. Please select University of Aberdeen as your affiliated institution when submitting your article for publication.

For further information please contact 


We have an agreement with IOP Publishing (IOP) which enables researchers to publish their work on an open access basis at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. University of Aberdeen corresponding authors can publish in eligible journals open access without barriers, without additional cost, and be certain that they comply to any open access requirement. Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

For further information please see here or contact 

Bentham Open 

Submissions to Bentham Open Publications from authors affiliated with the University of Aberdeen are now eligible for a 50% discount on open access charges.

Please contact for further information. 


The agreement is effective from 1 December 2019 until November 2022. Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Aberdeen are now eligible for a 10% discount on the APC. 

Please contact for further information.