Open access charges can vary considerably. This page gives information on publishing options and discounts available to SGUL researchers.

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An average article processing charge for open access publication is around £2,040 (based on 2015-16 data analysed by the Wellcome Trust in 2017) but this can vary significantly depending on the journal. Current charges should be advertised on publisher websites, for example via the 'instructions for authors'.


Funds available

If your research article is acknowledging research grants:

  • SGUL has funds from RCUK and COAF funders to help pay for open access fees for papers acknowledging their grant, and we may be able to authorise payment of an open access publication charge (see COAF and RCUK pages for how to access these funds)
  • The journal you chose to publish in must be one that has an open access option that complies with the funder requirements - you can check this by using the SHERPA-FACT service (Funders & Authors Compliance Tool)
  • There may be other funding available for open access charges from other funders, your Grants Officer in the JRES will be able to advise you

If your research article does not acknowledge any research grants:

  • There is a limited Institutional Open Access fund. Please see the guidance about Claiming Open Access Publication fees from the Institutional Fund.

Who can apply for discounts?

SGUL Researchers are eligible for discounts. SGUL researchers are:

  • SGUL Staff
  • SGUL Students
  • Trust staff with Honorary status

The corresponding author should apply, and use their SGUL email which will help identify themselves to the publisher as being at an institution eligible for the discount.

How to apply

  • Please refer the information and links in the page below for specific guidance.
  • Please ensure you know how you are going to pay any open access charges before you submit to the journal.
  • Approval for the fee and an SGUL Purchase Order will need to be generated before an invoice is raised.
  • If you have any queries on the funder requirements or funding for open access fees, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bioscientifica / Society for Endocrinology

What is the deal?

Corresponding authors are entitled to a 50% discount on Open Access fees for the following Bioscientifica journals, on the basis that SGUL holds a current subscription:

  • Endocrine-Related Cancer
  • European Journal of Endocrinology
  • Journal of Endocrinology
  • Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
  • Reproduction

Please note from 2019 SGUL no longer has access to the 10% discount on the Open Access fee for Endocrine Connections, due to the Independent Scholarly Publishers Group agreement being withdrawn. Individual members of the Society for Endocrinology qualify for a 40% discount on the APC for Endocrine Connections.

How to apply

Corresponding authors need to apply for the discount when submitting their article.

More information:

Bioscientifica Open Access Policy

BioMed Central (BMC) / Springer Open

Due to continued poor value for money, SGUL will not be renewing this agreement in 2019. The agreement gave SGUL researchers a 15% discount on open access fees in BMC or SpringerOpen journals. (List of BMC journal titles available. List of SpringerOpen journal titles available.)

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BMJ Case Reports

What is the deal?

For authors submitting an article to BMJ Case reports, SGUL has fellowship codes for both SGUL and the St Georges NHS trust. The fellowship code will enable you to submit your article to the BMJ. There is an extra charge for the OA option.

How to apply

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More information

Information can be found in the ‘What will it cost’ section on the Instructions for Authors.


What is the deal?

This journal is supported by the Wellcome Trust, Max Planck Society & Howard Hughes Medical Institute. While there is no specific deal for this journal and there is an open access publication fee of $2,500, eLife does operate a waiver scheme.

How to apply

Waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

More information

For more information please see the Publication Fees FAQ.

Independent Scholarly Publishers Group

What was the deal?

A minimum of a 10% discount was being offered on open access charges for these journals: Bone and Joint Research, Breathe, CBE - Life Sciences Education, EFORT Open Reviews, Endocrine Connections, ERJ Open Research, European Respiratory Review and Genes|Genomes|Genetics.

This agreement has been withdrawn due to the managing agent going in to administration.

More information

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have already submitted to publish open access with these journals.

Microbiology Society (were Society of General Microbiology)

What is the deal?

Discounts have been available to members of the Society and to corresponding authors whose institutions subscribe to a journal published by the Society, and for 2019, the Society has introduced an offsetting initiative giving a 30% discount on any APC (Article Processing Charge) for corresponding authors from subscribing institutions which take all four subscription titles, as SGUL does:

  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Journal of General Virology
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • Microbiology

The 30% discount on any APC (Article Processing Charge) also applies to the following fully Open Access titles published by the Society:

  • Microbial Genomics
  • Access Microbiology
  • JMM Case Reports

How to apply

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More information

Please see the Microbiology Society open access pricing page for further information.


What is the deal?

While there is no specific deal for SGUL researchers, it is much cheaper to publish in Peer J than with more established publishers.  Work published in PeerJ is published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.

More information

See the table of pricing at and author instructions.


What is the deal?

SGUL subscribes to a journal package from Sage Publishing and the publisher has reduced its Gold APCs for articles in many (but not all) of their journals to just £200

How to apply

If you are planning on submitting to a Sage journal and considering the open access option, please get in touch with us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can check that the journal is in the scheme.

More information

For information see the Sage Choice page.

Science Advances (AAAS)

What is the deal?

SGUL has a subscription which offers our authors a 10% discount on the open access charge for publishing in Science Advances.

How to apply

To obtain the discount, the affiliation discount must be applied at point of payment - note it is not applied automatically.

  1. Once the manuscript is accepted, the author is emailed a link to the author charge page.
  2. On the article charge page, click the blue “Apply Discounts” button.
  3. In the affiliation discount section, search for “University of London Saint George's” and select it from the list.
  4. Click the orange “Apply Discounts” button and the discount is applied.

More information

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Springer Open (fully OA journals)

See entry above for BioMed Central (BMC)

Springer Open Choice (Springer's subscription-based journals)

What is the deal?

SGUL currently subscribes to a journal agreement from Springer which waives APCs for journals in the Springer Open Choice programme for all SGUL authors who are the corresponding author on the paper.

This means that for many Springer subscription journals that offer an option to publish under a CC-BY licence (those in the Springer Open Choice programme), no separate fee will be charged to SGUL*.

A full list of open choice journals can be found by going to Open access agreement for UK authors and clicking on the second link under the heading "Which institutions and Springer journals are covered by the OA agreement?"

Please Note: Nature journals, BioMed Central and Springer Open (fully open access journals) are NOT included in this deal.

Eligibility criteria:

If you can say yes to these statements, you are eligible:

  1. My article has been accepted by an Open Choice eligible journal
  2. I am the corresponding author
  3. I am affiliated with an eligible UK institution/university
  4. My article matches one of these types: OriginalPaper, ReviewPaper, BriefCommunication or ContinuingEducation

How to apply

Once your article is accepted by Springer, they will send you as the corresponding author a link to an online ‘MyPublication’ form where you will be asked to state your affiliation & agree to the open access terms.

You need to use your SGUL institutional email address and not a private email address as this will help Springer to better identify your eligibility under the agreement.

During the article production process, Springer and the SGUL Library will verify your eligibility for an APC waiver.

More information

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*Until the funds available under the national deal in force from Jan 2019 – Dec 2021 have been used

Wellcome Open Research

What is the deal?

The funder-based open publishing platform Wellcome Open Research publishes scholarly articles reporting any basic scientific, translational and clinical research that has been funded (or co-funded) by Wellcome.

It has been established for over a year, and offers fast open access publication under the CC-BY licence, open peer review, and deposit and indexing in PubMed and other major bibliographic databases.

How to apply
SGUL researchers funded by Wellcome Trust can publish for free on Wellcome Open Research: each publication must have at least one author who has been, or still is, a recipient of a Wellcome grant.

Read the anniversary blog post to discover more about what has been published over the first year, and find out how the publishing process works.

More information

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Green Open Access (making your final accepted MS available)

Bear in mind that if you cannot opt to pay an APC, many journals permit you to make your final accepted manuscript available via a repository (at no charge), usually following an embargo period from the date of publication (the embargo period is normally between 6-12 months). Again, if you are acknowledging a specific funder, check first that the journal’s embargo period doesn’t exceed the maximum your funder allows.

SGUL’s repository is SORA (all SGUL researchers have a CRIS profile and can deposit their papers into SORA using the CRIS). There are other external subject repositories (e.g. EPMC for medical papers). By using this route to open access, funders may specify a maximum embargo period (e.g. 6 months) which you would need to check that the journal will allow. Publisher policies around open access can be found by looking them up on the SHERPA RoMEO service.

There is also more information on Green Open Access on the Library OA FAQs page.


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Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 June 2019 09:49