Make my work open access
How to make research publications open access. Information on the paid (gold) and free (green) routes to open access.
There are two routes to making your research publications open access:
- the gold route is via the journal website
- the green route is via an institutional research repository
Take a look at the Benefits of open access - Green and Gold routes to publication (PDF).
Choose your route
Gold route - publish on the journal website
The gold option allows open access to the published paper via the journal's own website at the time of online publication. This either involves a one-off charge (an article-processing charge), or taking advantage of one of the deals listed below.
Please note that there is no central fund to support article processing charges (APCs).
Publisher-specific deals on gold open access
UWE Bristol authors are able to take advantage of a number of publisher deals, listed below. Please note this is not advice on where to publish, this is completely your choice as the author.
To take advantage of these deals, you must:
- Be the corresponding author
- Identify UWE Bristol as your affiliated institution (usually by using your UWE Bristol e-mail address) when submitting your journal article
- Have carried out the research at UWE Bristol, or with strong UWE Bristol involvement.
For a fully up-to-date list of all current deals please see our Open Access reading list, or contact the Library Research team for more information.
- American Chemical Society (ACS) - articles can be made open access for free.
- American Psychological Association (APA) - PsycArticles (not all journal titles) can be made open access for free.
- BMJ - articles in fully open access journals (not all journal titles) can be made open access for free. Some titles are limited to those funded by specific funders.
- Cambridge University Press (CUP) - most articles can be made open access for free.
- Elsevier - many articles (not all journal titles) can be made open access for free. 15% discount on fully open access journals for authors with funding.
- Frontiers - have a prepayment deal, which includes a 10% discount, available to UKRI funded authors.
- International Water Association (IWA) - articles can be made open access for free.
- MDPI - provide a 10% discount on APCs where no other discount has been applied.
- Open Library of the Humanities - offers UWE Bristol authors free open access publishing in their hosted journals.
- Oxford University Press (OUP) - articles can be made open access for free.
- Public Library of Science (PLOS) - articles in six PLOS journals, including PLOS ONE, can be made open access for free.
- Royal Society - membership between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023 provides a 25% discount on APCs.
- Sage - many articles (not all journal titles), as listed in the SAGE Choice Scheme, can be made open access for free.
- Springer - many journals (not all titles), as linked to from the Springer Open Choice webpage, can be made open access for free.
- Taylor & Francis - many articles (not all journal titles) can be made open access for free.
- Wiley - articles can be made open access for free, although this is sometimes limited to specific funders.
The details of these APC payment deals vary from publisher to publisher. A list of open access journals you can publish in for free is available on the staff intranet open access publishing guide (staff log in required). Alternatively, please contact the Library Research team for a copy, or for more information. If none of these deals are suitable, you may be able to apply for funding if you are a Research Council (UKRI) grant holder, or are a member of CATE.
Apply for funding
Before submitting a journal article or conference paper for publication, ensure funds are available, either from your grant, your college or the library if you are RCUK funded.
If you are a Research Council (UKRI) grant holder, or are a member of FET, you can apply for funding by completing the APC payment application form (DOC). Please submit the form to Library Research Support at email@example.com for approval. Applications to all funds should be made by the corresponding UWE Bristol author prior to submission of the article.
The policy for UKRI block grant applications:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on how to proceed before submission.
There is a limited amount of funding available for articles resulting from UKRI-funded projects. Funds are usually only available for UKRI-funded publications which meet the following criteria:
- The article is to be published in a pure Gold Open Access journal (i.e. the journal does not charge a subscription fee and is freely available online to all) and is listed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).
- The article is to be published in a JISC approved transformative journal which UWE Bristol does not have an agreement with and therefore an APC is payable. Please contact email@example.com before submission to check compliance with UKRI policy.
If you wish to make your work fully open access, please complete the application form and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The policy for the FET open-access fund
An application should be made by the corresponding UWE Bristol author prior to submission of the article. Having an article accepted for publication in an open-access journal is not sufficient reason that the APC should be paid. Authors will need to supply a copy of their article for review. Final judgement of applications will be made by the Associate Dean and Director of Research using the following criteria:
- Is the article a high quality contribution to knowledge?
- Is there a potential UWE Bristol impact case study to which the availability of knowledge in the article could contribute?
- Is there a significant likelihood that timely availability of the article in open-access form could help advance towards and realise (further) impact?
Full details of the scheme are available to download: FET open access APC scheme criteria (PDF).
Green route - use the UWE Bristol Repository
The green option allows you to publish the version of the research paper that was accepted for publication, via the UWE Bristol Research Repository, either immediately or after a specified embargo period.
Unless you have funding from UKRI, or are taking advantage of one of the publisher-specific deals, you are encouraged to choose the green open-access option as there is no central fund to support article-processing charges.
The green route also facilitates compliance with Research England's policy for REF 2021.
See the UWE Bristol Research Repository for more information on how to deposit your research.
Open access routes
A brief introduction to open access publication explaining the difference between traditional and open access routes to publication, and some of the benefits of publishing open access.