Open access funding and discounts

Open access funding at GCU

The library administers the University's fund to pay for article processing charges (APCs). Your research may be eligible to have APCs paid for with this fund. Please contact for more information.

These open access funds are allocated using this follow criteria:

  1. If the article can be published via the Green Open Access route and be compliant this should be the default option.
  2. If the article must be published via the Gold Open Access route, authors must first investigate if the article can be published in a journal that is covered by one of the SHEDL & JISC "transformative" deals (see open access publisher discounts below).
  3. To cover the costs of Gold Open Access publishing, authors should attempt to include these costs as part of the funding bid.
  4. If funds are not available, or have not been requested, as part of the initial funding bid, authors should investigate if colleagues from collaborating institutions have access to funds to cover the cost of publication.
  5. Only when these four steps have been exhausted can authors apply for the University open access fund and any application for publication funding should be compliant with funder specific requirements and Plan S criteria, namely:
    • Funds should not cover the cost of OA publishing in subscription journals (‘hybrid OA’), outside of a transformative arrangement.
    • Authors or their institutions should retain copyright to their publications.
    • The article should be published under a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC0 license.
    • Any OA publication fees should be commensurate with the publication services delivered (i.e. least expensive option).
Open access publisher discounts

GCU researchers can benefit from discounted APCs with the publishers listed below. More information is available in the individual sections. Please note that conditions apply. For any questions about these agreements, please email

Springer Open Choice

The agreement with Springer until 2021 allows free open access publishing of accepted articles in Springer Open Choice (hybrid) journals. Once a paper has been accepted for publication Springer will ask the corresponding author to confirm the institutional affiliation and complete the open access form.

Please note that BioMed Central and Springer Open (fully open access journals) are not included in this arrangement.

More information is available from the publishers’ website:

If you have any questions about this agreement please email

Wiley Open Access

Important update: from 12 October 2020 to 31 December 2020 this agreement is being restricted by the publisher to authors who are funded by the following: Wellcome, UKRI, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis.

The agreement with Wiley allows GCU authors free open access publishing of accepted articles in:

To be eligible:

  • Your manuscript must have been accepted on or after 2 March 2020
  • The corresponding author must be affiliated with GCU at the point of acceptance
  • You must publish open access (in a fully gold OA journal or a hybrid journal that offers OnlineOpen)
  • If publishing in a hybrid journal, you must order OnlineOpen at the point of acceptance 
  • From 12 October 2020 to 31 December 2020 you must be funded by Wellcome, UKRI, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK or Versus Arthritis.

More guidance including how to complete the publisher forms is available on the publisher webpage. When selecting the open access publication licence authors should select the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence where available. This licence will ensure compliance with REF and funder policies. If a CC-BY licence is not selected library staff will be unable to approve your funding request. This agreement will run until March 2024.

If you have any questions about this agreement please email


Under the university’s agreement with SAGE, corresponding authors at GCU can publish open access with no charge in over 900 subscription journals, and access a 20% discount to publish in 150 of their fully open access (gold) journals. 

To benefit from this agreement, GCU authors should ensure they are listed as the corresponding author and provide their GCU affiliation and GCU email address when submitting their article.

Subscription journals: corresponding authors at GCU can publish open access in most SAGE subscription journals with no charge (SAGE Choice journals) as well as titles in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection.

Upon acceptance, SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the Open Access agreement and to invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer.

The deal will run between 2020 and 2022 and includes back dating to the 1st January.

Gold open access journals: corresponding authors at GCU are entitled to a 20% discount on the article processing charge (APC) for eligible journals. A full list of eligible titles can be access from the following link: Sage Gold Open Access discount eligibility list.

Unless funding has previously been agreed with the Library, authors will be expected to meet the remaining APC costs.

Selecting the CC licence: authors are recommended to select the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) when prompted by SAGE to select CC-BY or CC-BY-NC. The CC-BY licence ensures compliance with REF2021 and external funder policies.

More information on the SAGE open access agreement

If you have any questions about this agreement please email

Edinburgh University Press

GCU authors are entitled to a 25% discount on the standard open access fee for this publisher (£1000 + VAT). This agreement will run until 2021.

If you have any questions about this agreement please email

British Psychological Society

Free open access publishing for BPS members

The British Psychological Society will cover 100% of open access fees for BPS members for articles accepted in their 11 journals:

  • British Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • British Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • British Journal of Educational Psychology
  • British Journal of Health Psychology
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Neuropsychology
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice

To be eligible for this deal the corresponding author should be a Graduate or Chartered member with the Society. Authors should select the British Psychological Society as the Funder when prompted on the journal submission system.

By publishing open access with the BPS, authors will retain copyright and benefit from articles being made immediately available upon publication.

For more information please visit the BPS webpage or contact