Free or discounted publisher open access schemes
For researchers who do not have access to funding for open access article processing charges (APCs), the publishers listed below currently offer low or no-fee options. Some of these offers and discounts are for everyone, and others apply only to University of Sheffield authors. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) also indexes over 13,000 peer-reviewed open access journals, many of which charge no fees at all.
Please note, all deals can only usually be used for new articles, and authors should contact OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk on acceptance if they wish to take advantage of any of the University of Sheffield schemes listed below.
|ACS (American Chemical Society)||
As part of our Library journals subscription, ACS allow the University of Sheffield a small number of free APCs each year, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
From the 1 January 2019, corresponding authors from the University of Sheffield will be entitled to a 20% discount on APCs in De Gruyter journals. Discounts should be applied automatically for eligible authors.
Frontiers is a fully open access publisher which charges APCs. In cases where authors genuinely do not have the means to pay APCs, they can apply for full or partial waivers. See here for more information.
The University of Sheffield has an agreement in 2020 with IOP Publishing that allows free open access publication of articles in 44 IOP hybrid journals, providing the corresponding author is affiliated with the University of Sheffield. Eligible journals can be found here.
Corresponding authors can also benefit from a 70% discount on APCs in other journals published jointly between IOP and partner organisations.
PLOS is a fully open access publisher which charges APCs. However they will waive fees for authors that do not have access to funds to pay the publication charges. See their publication fee assistance policy for more information.
The University has taken out Royal Society open access membership, which gives corresponding authors from the University of Sheffield a 25% discount on open access article processing fees. Discounts should be applied automatically for eligible authors.
SAGE offers a discounted APC of £200 for University of Sheffield authors in their SAGE Choice journals (subscription/hybrid titles only). Please contact OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
SCOAP³ is a partnership between libraries, funding agencies and research centres in 44 countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP³ has converted key journals in the field of High Energy Physics to open access at no cost for authors.
The University of Sheffield has an agreement for 2019 with Springer that allows free publication of articles in any one of Springer’s 1,600 qualifying journals, providing the corresponding author is based at the University of Sheffield and uses a University email address. Journals and article types included by the agreement are here, or for general information on how to access the scheme see here.
The University of Sheffield has an agreement in 2020 with Wiley that allows free open access publication of articles in all Wiley journals, providing the corresponding author is based at the University of Sheffield.
For further information, contact OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk.