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Funding for Gold Open Access publishing

UKRI block grant

Publication of UKRI funded research may be covered by the UKRI block grant allocated to each university to spend on OA publishing. In the process of submitting a paper for OA publishing you may apply to the Bradford block grant to cover the related Article Processing Charge. It is important that you fill in the form FIRST before anything else, to ensure there are funds remaining in our block grant, and that your paper is actually eligible for funding. A provisional purchase order will subsequently be raised, and the Bradford author can then send this PO number to the publisher BEFORE requesting Open Access for the paper. Any invoices received from publishers need to be sent DIRECTLY to the Finance Department (the application form and related instructions provide the contact email). 

NB! funds from the block grant are only available if the research was UKRI funded and this is acknowledged in the research publication; and if there are funds remaining in the fund.

Publisher agreements 

The University also has arrangements in place with selected publishers to allow for discounted or waived APCs for corresponding authors who are current academic staff. Authors need to contact to enquire about the availability of any applicable discounts.

Agreements are in place with the following journal publishers for our researches to publish Gold OA without additional payments:

  • ACS (American Chemical Society) - Hybrid and Gold OA journals included within ACS Web Editions. Covers research articles.
  • Brill - Research articles published in any Brill title.
  • Cambridge University Press (majority of titles included in Gold OA charge waiver). Applies to research and review articles; and Rapid Communications (RRR). Brief report and case report article types, which are often linked to research articles, are also included.
  • Elsevier - Research and review articles; Case reports; Data in Brief; Microarticles; Original software publications; Protocols; Replication studies; Short communications; Short surveys; Video articles; and Practice guidelines covered by the agreement in the listed Core Hybrid journals.

          Cell Press titles and the Lancet - Some exceptions apply (TBC).

          The agreement does not cover fully Gold OA journals. 15% APC discount available for authors wanting to publish in these titles.

          A small number of economics, finance and accounting journals charge submission fees. In addition, a limited number of society-owned journals charge mandatory editorial page fees in addition to APCs. These fees are charged separately, directly to the author.

NB! The listed publisher agreements offer Gold OA publishing without any added APC costs to the submitting author throughout the year on a first-come-first-served basis. The agreements are based on the JISC consortium fund allocation for each agreement and the funds per publisher may run out before end of the calendar year. If and when funds for APCs run out for any given publisher, submitting authors will be asked to fund their APCs by other means.