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Open Access publisher schemes

UCL’s publisher membership schemes provide discounts on open access fees. Payment is usually made from prepaid funds, making the process quick and easy. Click on the links below to see how to use each scheme.

If your publisher is not listed below, payment for immediate open access on the publisher’s website can be made by invoice (see FAQ 8.2).

BioMed Central

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In the payment section of BioMed Central’s submission form, go to the option: ’If you have been issued with a BioMed Central membership account number by your institution/scientific society/group, enter your account number here.’

Enter UCL’s account number (UCL login required)

In the comment box at the bottom of the section, please enter the grant code belonging to any Wellcome and/or RCUK grant that contributed to the paper, the proportion of the contribution and the grant-holder’s name(s).

UCL’s Open Access Team will be notified that you have requested payment from the prepaid funds, and will contact you if we need any further information.

BMJ Journals

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UCL authors will be asked to enter UCL’s pre-pay account code (UCL login required). BMJ will send details of your article to the Open Access Team. We will contact you for information about any funding that contributed to the article (including grant numbers, grant holders and proportions of contributions) for our records.

Elsevier

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The Elsevier scheme only covers Research Council-funded articles in non-Cell Press/non-Lancet journals. We will pay the open access charges for other articles by invoice.

Elsevier will send you a link to their online article sponsorship form: you can either complete it yourself, or forward the link to the Open Access Team. If you complete it yourself, you will see that there are separate RCUK (prepaid) options for each Research Council. Please choose the one that applies to you.

Frontiers

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The publisher will identify UCL articles upon submission/acceptance. UCL's Open Access Team will be asked to authorise payment from UCL's prepaid funds.

Humanities Directory / Social Sciences Directory

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UCL's membership of Social Sciences and Humanities Directory funds all UCL articles. UCL authors will not be asked for payment.

IEEE

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UCL authors selecting the Gold open access option should instruct IEEE that they wish to use UCL’s deposited funds, and quote UCL’s customer number (UCL login required). If you are given several different payment options, please choose Open Access Institutional Account.

PeerJ

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PeerJ is an open access publisher with a different model of payment. Instead of charging authors per paper, PeerJ offers authors lifetime publishing plans that allow you to publish a certain number of articles per year.

The funds that UCL has deposited with PeerJ allow UCL authors initially to become PeerJ members at the Basic level (one article per year), but UCL's Open Access Team can agree upgrades to Enhanced (two articles) or Investigator (unlimited articles) membership if authors would like to publish more. Contact the Open Access Team for help and information.

PLOS

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When you submit an article to a PLOS journal, choose University College London as your affiliation. Upon acceptance, the publication fee will be paid from UCL’s prepaid funds.If you receive an invoice from PLOS by mistake, forward it to the Open Access Team and we will arrange for it to be paid from UCL’s account.

Royal Society

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UCL qualifies for a 25 percent discount on open access charges for Royal Society journal articles. If you are publishing in Open Biology, the Royal Society’s fully open access journal, or would like to choose the Royal Society’s open access option for a paper in another journal, please contact UCL’s Open Access Team, who will arrange payment.

RSC

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UCL is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Gold for Gold” membership scheme.

When you receive notification that your article has been accepted, contact the Open Access Team to request a Gold for Gold voucher code. Each code is unique. Then complete the RSC’s Gold for Gold online acceptance form, entering the code where requested.

Sage

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UCL has a prepayment scheme with Sage. This covers Sage's open access option for papers in traditional subscription journals, as well as open access charges for Sage's fully open access journals.

When a paper is accepted in a traditional subscription journal, the corresponding author will be given the option to select SAGE Choice (paid Open Access). The SAGE Choice Publishing Agreement Form then needs to be completed. Authors publishing in SAGE fully open access journals receive a similar publishing agreement form.

The SAGE Choice Publishing Agreement Form includes an "Institutional Payment Code" field. In this field, enter the payment code (UCL login required). Payment will be taken directly from UCL's prepaid funds. If you are sent a Billing Information Form, please ignore it.

SCOAP3 Open Access Partnership

SCOAP3 is a partnership of publishers, libraries and funding agencies spearheaded by CERN that is converting High-Energy Physics journals to open access - at no cost to authors.

Ten journals are currently participating, including titles from Elsevier, Springer, and the Institute of Physics. The full list is available on the SCOAP3 website.

From January 2014, UCL authors can choose open access publication in these journals without paying fees, by following these steps:

  • Your research article must have been posted in the arXiv.org repository, and categorised with one of the four ‘HEP’ high energy physics categories
  • When you submit to a journal, indicate that you wish to under SCOAP3. You may need to supply your paper's arXiv number
  • Your paper will be published open access, under a CC BY licence
  • Your paper will be deposited in the SCOAP3 repository by the publisher
  • CERN will pay the article publication charge directly to the publisher - you do not need to apply for funding

Contact the Open Access Team for more information or assistance with publishing under the SCOAP3 Partnership.

Springer

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UCL corresponding authors can use this membership scheme, which applies to Springer's traditional subscription journals. See the separate 'SpringerOpen' entry if you are publishing in one of Springer's fully open access titles. UCL can also pay open access fees for non-corresponding UCL authors: contact us to arrange payment by invoice.

Once your article has been accepted for publication, you will receive an email from Springer with a link to your MyPublication account, where you will have the opportunity to select Springer's Open Choice option.

If you are a UCL corresponding author, choose University College London from the drop-down menu under 'Special Affiliations'. Springer will then send the article details to UCL's Open Access team so that the payment from prepaid funds can be approved.

SpringerOpen

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This scheme only applies to Springer’s fully open access journals.

In the payment section of SpringerOpen’s submission form, go to the option: ’If you have been issued with a SpringerOpen membership account number by your institution/scientific society/group, enter your account number here.’

Enter UCL’s account number (UCL login required)

In the comment box at the bottom of the section, please enter the grant code belonging to any Wellcome and/or RCUK grant that contributed to the paper, the proportion of the contribution and the grant-holder’s name(s).

UCL’s Open Access Team will be notified that you have requested payment from the prepaid funds, and will contact you if we need any further information.

Taylor & Francis

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If you would like Gold open access, please request the Gold option from Taylor & Francis after your article is accepted. Taylor & Francis will then ask you to supply details of your UCL status and any funding that contributed to the paper. In the same message, UCL's Open Access Team will be asked to authorise payment from UCL's prepaid account.

Ubiquity Press

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The publisher will identify UCL articles upon submission/acceptance. UCL's Open Access Team will be asked to authorise payment from UCL's prepaid funds.

Wiley

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Where Open Access is optional (hybrid journals), authors should complete Wiley’s OnlineOpen order form after logging in to the Author Services system. In the Funder / institution Payment section, select University College London. For fully Open Access journals, please indicate on the publication charge form that UCL will be paying on your behalf (by selecting University College London). Wiley will then send the article details to UCL’s Open Access team so that the payment from prepaid funds can be approved.


Last modified 25 October 2013

 

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