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Article Processing Charges (APCs)

An Article Processing Charge (APC) is a fee charged by publishers to individuals or institutions wishing to publish their article in a journal which uses the Gold Open Access model. The benefit of this model is that anyone can read the research from the publisher's website for free, but the cost of the APC has to be considered.

Leeds Beckett University has open access agreements with the publishers listed below, which may mean if you are a LBU member of staff your APC is discounted or free. Please contact us for further information on how to access these discounts.

If no agreement is available for your chosen journal, you or your School would be liable to pay the APC. Please contact your Director of Research before submitting to one of those journals to find out if your School has funding available. 

Discounts on APCs

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  • American Physiological Society (APS): Corresponding authors at Leeds Beckett University have unlimited open access publishing in APS journals. When submitting your article, select to publish OA as part of an institutional agreement.

BioMed Central (BMC): 15% discount on APCs when the Leeds Beckett prepay membership account is used. This discount is available if your school has deposited funds into the account. You will need to use our institutional code when submitting your article to indicate the APC will be paid through the prepay account. Please contact us for the code.

Cambridge University Press: corresponding authors affiliated to Leeds Beckett can publish open access within any hybrid and gold journal within the CUP Complete Journals Collections free of charge. You can use their Open Access waivers and discounts tool to check if a journal is included in the deal. 

Leeds Beckett authors may submit to any hybrid journal within the Freedom Collection (including Cell Press Hybrid titles) without paying an APC. Publication in Elsevier’s Gold OA titles qualifies for a 15% discount.

Use Elsevier's search tool to find journals included in this agreement.

MDPI: Leeds Beckett University is member of their Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), which gives affiliated authors a 10% discount on APCs. Discounted APCs are often payable on invited review articles please check you have funds to pay the APC before agreeing to write

PLOS: LBU authors have access to unlimited publishing, at no additional charge, in the following journals:

  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Pathogens
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLOS Genetics
  • PLOS Climate
  • PLOS Sustainability and Transformation
  • PLOS Water
  • PLOS Digital Health
  • PLOS Global Public Health

Follow these guidelines when submitting your article.

Sage: Corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection, can be published open access, free of charge.

Corresponding authors publishing in Gold Open Access journals will receive 20% discount on the APC.

Full details of the UK Jisc agreement 

Springer: Selected Open Choice journals have a waived APC. When your article has been accepted, select Leeds Beckett University as your institution and you will receive confirmation that your charge has been reduced to £0.

Taylor and Francis: Corresponding authors at Leeds Beckett University can publish open access in all Open Select (hybrid) journals free of charge, as the APC is funded by a JISC agreement.

To check if a journal is covered by the deal, use the Open Access Cost Finder. Next to OA Status, eligible journals will say Open Select. To retrieve a list of all eligible journals, filter to show all Open Select titles and click the Download Results button.

Please note there is an annual cap of articles that can be published open access under this deal. Any journal with an APC of £3000 or more has a more limited article cap.

Wiley: Authors affiliated with UK institutions participating in Wiley’s new Jisc agreement (including Leeds Beckett) may publish primary research and review articles in any of Wiley’s fully Gold Open Access or Wiley’s hybrid (subscription), OnlineOpen journals without having to pay the APC directly. Instead, this will be taken from a shared fund for participating UK (Jisc) institutions, until the fund is exhausted. In previous years, the fund did not last the full calendar year.

Wiley are offering a 25% discount on APCs for authors who are not funded directly via an institution. Please contact us for the code.