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The University has a limited Article Processing Charge (APC) Application Fund to pay Open Access costs for journal articles. All applications are subject to the approval of the College Research Director and budget constraints, as the fund is very limited.

The Institutional APC Fund’s primary aim is to enable academic freedom to publish in the context of ensuring wide readership and impact for research. If the most appropriate place to publish is a gold, fully open access journal, then the fund will enable this.

What we may pay for

The fund covers APCs for articles published in pure gold journals, e.g. those that are entirely free to read.  Please see DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) for listing.

Additionally, the fund will also support the move to a fully open access journal model by supporting publishers who offer substantial discounts (known as an offset) to the cost of an APC in a hybrid journal for which the university has a paid subscription.  This currently applies to Taylor and Francis (as of June 2020).

The applicant must be the lead, or corresponding author and a member of university staff.  The fund is not open to doctoral researchers (other than when they appear as a co-author of a paper submitted by a qualifying staff member).

What we won’t pay for

It does not cover gold access to individual papers in hybrid journals (those that charge a subscription for the journal, and APCs to make individual articles open), unless they offer us a substantial discount on the APC charge (see above).  You may still publish in these journals and, for the vast majority, we will be able to make the accepted author manuscript freely available through WestminsterResearch.  The open release may be subject to an embargo period set by the publisher.

As this fund is very limited, we will not pay for applications without support of your College Research Director, who helps inform us on the best use of the resources we have.

Please do not commit the University to payment before an application to the Fund is successful.  Any application needs to be approved by the College Research Director and repository team before an author commits the University to payment.

Gold Open Access without fees at the point of publication

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ): The majority of fully gold OA journals listed by the DOAJ do not charge authors an APC.  Check journals on an individual basis.
  • Springer: As our institution has a Springer Compact agreement, you may publish your article open access – at no charge to yourself – in more than 1,850 of Springer’s journals. You do not need to apply through the University. Further information is available.
  • Wiley: Authors affiliated with the University of Westminster may now 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. Further information is available.
  • Sage (including IMechE and RSM): Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Westminster may publish their articles through Gold Open Access in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection.  Further information is available.

Further information, including a link to the application form is available on the Article Processing Charges (APC) Application Fund webpage.

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