Open Access Publisher Agreements

Open Access Publisher Agreements

Open Access Publisher Agreements

The University has several agreements with publishers that allow gold open access at no additional cost or that offer a discounted APC. Where the agreement is for a discounted APC if you are not eligible for payment from the block grants you must have funds available to cover the APC. Many of the agreements are open to all researchers at the University but some are restricted to researchers with funding from UKRI, Wellcome or the British Heart Foundation. Please see below for details.

Authors are strongly encouraged to publish gold open access articles funded by UoA agreements under the CC BY licence. This licence allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of the article and is mandated by most funders. 

AIP Publishing

University of Aberdeen corresponding authors publish open access under a CC BY licence in AIP Publishing hybrid journals at no additional cost. Fully open access titles are not included in the agreement. See here for author instructions or  contact us for more information.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

University of Aberdeen corresponding authors can publish open access under a CC BY licence in American Chemical Society(ACS) fully open access and hybrid journals. Contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk for more information.

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 openaccess@abdn.ac.uk for further information. 

BMC

We have a prepay account with BMC open to UKRI and Wellcome funded authors. Please ensure that you have approval from your DoR and confirmed that funds are available to cover the APC with the Schol Comms team before submitting an article. You will be provided with an institutional code to access the account by the Schol Comms team.

Brill

As of 1 January 2020, corresponding authors from University of Aberdeen may publish research and review articles Open Access under a CC-BY Creative Commons licence in any of Brill's journals. Submit your article to your journal contact at Brill with the request to publish in Open Access and indicate that you are an author affiliated to University of Aberdeen. Once accepted the article will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge. If you submit your article through Editorial Manager, you will be asked during the submission process whether you are eligible for the agreement. Once accepted, the article will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge. Please see the Brill webpages or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk for more information.

Cambridge University Press

Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Aberdeen may publish original research articles open access at no additional cost through our Cambridge University Press (CUP) Agreement.  Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included. See the CUP webpages for a list of participating journals and for further information. Please choose the CC BY Creative Commons licence. Contact us with any queries.

Company of Biologists

University of Aberdeen researchers who have an original research article accepted for publication in one of the three hybrid Company of Biologists journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology) will be able to publish their article open access under a CC BY Creative Commons licence at no extra cost under the Read and Publish initiative. 

This agreement 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 see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk 

Elsevier

University of Aberdeen corresponding authors who have an article accepted for publication in participating Elsevier hybrid journals will be able to publish their article open access at no extra cost under our new read and publish agreement. See here for further information. 

This agreement does not apply to fully open access titles; where funds are available for APCs in fully open access titles a 15% discount will apply. Please select University of Aberdeen as your affiliated institution when submitting your article for publication.

Contact us with any queries.

Frontiers Institutional Discount

We have an agreement with Frontiers where we can offer a 10% discount on the APC to UKRI and Wellcome funded researchers. Please ensure that you have approval from your DoR and confirmed that funds are available in the block grant to cover the APC with the Schol Comms team before submitting an article. 

Geological Society of London

Our Geological Society of London Transformative Read & Publish Agreement allows University of Aberdeen corresponding authors (please use your institutional email address) to publish open access in six hybrid journals and three book series at no additional cost. Comprises Journal of the Geological Society, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geoscience, Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Scottish Journal of Geology, Special Publications, Memoirs and Engineering Geology Special Publications. Applies to articles submitted for publication in 2022.Contact us for more information. 

IoP

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) are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

For further information please see here or contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk Take a look at IOP's  A guide to submitting under a Transformative Agreement.

Karger

Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Aberdeen are eligible for full coverage of APC and Authors ChoiceTM publication fee and all additional publication costs for articles published in full Open Access and hybrid journals (subscription journals with an Open Access option). Authors should always indicate their affiliation with the University during submission and should include information on their grants in the Funding Sources section of their papers. See the Karger webpages or contact us for more information.

Microbiology Society

University of Aberdeen corresponding authors can publish open access under a CC BY licence in the Microbiology Society journals under our Publish and Read agreement. Please use your institutional email address to be recognised as an eligible author. See here or contact us for further information. 

Open Library of Humanities

The University of Aberdeen supports The Open Library of Humanities (OLH), a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article   processing charges (APCs). OLH is funded by an international consortium of libraries with   the aim of making scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved  for the digital future.

The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. Free to publish under a Creative Commons licence please see here for the list of journals and how to submit.

Oxford university Press

Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Aberdeen may publish original research or review articles open access at no additional cost through our Oxford University Press (OUP) Agreement.  Both hybrid and fully open access titles are included. See the OUP webpages for a list of participating journals and for further information. Please choose the CC BY Creative Commons licence. Contact us with any queries.

PLOS

University of Aberdeen corresponding authors can now publish open access in the following six PLOS titles with the fees covered by our institutional agreement. PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Pathogens. Contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk for more information.

Rockefeller Press

Corresponding authors from University of Aberdeen may publish research articles Open Access under a CC-BY Creative Commons licence in any of the Rockefeller University Press three hybrid journals (Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of General Physiology). Eligible authors will be automatically identified by the journal. Contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk for more information.

Royal Society

University of Aberdeen corresponding authors publish open access under a CC BY licence in Royal Society journals at no additional cost. See here or contact us for more information

Royal Society of Chemistry

Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Aberdeen may publish original research articles open access at no additional cost through our Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Agreement, applies to hybrid titles only. Please choose the CC BY Creative Commons licence. See the RSC webpages or contact us with any queries.

 
Sage

SAGE has an agreement with the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library Consortium (SHEDL) to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) for affiliated corresponding authors.

University of Aberdeen corresponding authors publishing in participating subscription journals which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access, free of charge. Charges other than the author article process charge (APC) may still apply, please refer to individual journal submission guidelines. 

Author's publishing in fully open access journals will be eligible for a 20% discount on the APC.

Please see the Sage webpages for more information or contact us at openaccess@abdn.ac.uk

Springer Compact Agreement

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 select University of Aberdeen as your affiliated institution when submitting your article for publication.

For further information please contact openaccess@abdn.ac.uk 

Please note that it does not apply to fully open access titles or the Palgrave and Nature branded journals. Springer have confirmed that UKRI funded authors will be permitted to deposit manuscripts accepted for publication in hybrid journals not covered by the agreements in their institutional repository in compliance with funder policy. Contact us for details. 

Springer Open

We have a prepay account with Springer Open available to UKRI and Wellcome funded authors. Please ensure that you have approval from your DoR and confirmed that funds are available to cover the APC with the Schol Comms team before submitting an article. You will be provided with an institutional code to access the account by the Schol Comms team.

Please note that this account does not include Palgrave and Nature branded journals. Springer have confirmed that UKRI funded authors will be permitted to deposit manuscripts accepted for publication in hybrid journals in their institutional repository in compliance with funder policy. Contact us for details. 

 

Taylor & Francis

University of Aberdeen researchers who have an original research article accepted for publication in an Open Select hybrid Taylor & Francis journal will be able to publish their article open access at no extra cost under the Taylor & Francis open access deal. 

This agreement 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 openaccess@abdn.ac.uk 

Wiley

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 openaccess@abdn.ac.uk for further information. *subject to availability of sufficient funds and approval from eligible institutions' Wiley Open Access Account holders.