Open Access

Help With Payments for Gold Open Access

Find out more about what help is available to offset the costs of Gold Open Access


What is Gold Open Access?

As described in our guide to the basics of Open Access, Gold Open Access is one way of making published outputs - like journal articles and book chapters - open access. It involves the publisher themselves making the output freely available on their own website under an open licence, allowing people to download, read and reuse the content of the published version.

Gold Open Access can be called different things by different publishers, and sometimes even a single publisher will have different ways of referring to it. For example, the publisher Springer have a set of journals that contain exclusively Gold Open Access content and this set of journals is called "SpringerOpen". In comparison, Springer also have many journals that are traditional subscription journals, but in which you can choose to make your article Gold Open Access instead - Springer refer to this method as "Springer Open Choice".

A variety of business models currently exist to facilitate Gold Open Access. In most cases, the publisher requires the author to pay a fee, which allows the publisher to make money despite not being able to sell the content to readers as they normally would. For journal articles, this fee is called an "Article Processing Charge" (APC). The costs of Gold Open Access can be very high and it is not unusual for an APC to cost upwards of £2,000. The costs of Gold Open Access for longer outputs (like book chapters or even entire monographs) can be significantly more expensive.


What support is available?

Researchers at RGU have several options for finding help with paying the costs of Gold Open Access. We therefore suggest that researchers work down the following list when considering whether to use the Gold route:

1. Check the library's offset deals

RGU library is part of several consortia that negotiate with publishers. These consortia have been able to obtain a selection of publisher deals that help to reduce the costs of Gold Open Access. A full list of the deals available to RGU authors appears later in this guide.

If your journal of preference is not covered by any of the available offset deals, or if the relevant offset deal provides only a partial reduction of costs rather than a complete waiver, move on to the next step.

2. Check whether you are eligible to publish on Open Research Europe

The European Commission have a publishing platform called Open Research Europe, which is specifically intended for research outputs that acknowledge funding from Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe. The platform aims to provide beneficiaries of this funding with an easy-to-use, high-quality and peer-reviewed venue for the publication of their results, in a way that is compliant with the European Commission's requirements for Open Access. Publishing open access on Open Research Europe is free to authors. Full details of how to use the platform are available on the Open Research Europe website.

If your article does not acknowledge funding from Horizon 2020 or Horizon Europe, or if you would prefer not to publish on Open Research Europe, move on to the next step.

3. Check whether you are eligible to request use of the UKRI block grant

If your article acknowledges funding from UKRI or one of the research councils, then you may be able to use money from RGU's UKRI block grant to pay for Gold Open Access. Details about applying to use the block grant are provided later in this guide.

If your article does not acknowledge UKRI or research council funding, or if you are unable to make use of the block grant for some other reason, move on to the next step.

4. Check with your funder

Some funders may include money to help pay for Gold Open Access when they award a research grant. Other funders - like several medical research charities (formerly part of the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF)) - may be willing to provide additional money for Gold Open Access on an individual basis. In either case, it is worth double-checking the terms and conditions of your grant to see whether your funder may be able to help you. Further information on the support offered by certain funding bodies is available in our guide on funder requirements for Open Access.

If your funder is unable to help, or if they are unable to cover the entire fee, move on to the next step.

5. Check with your department

Some Schools at RGU may be willing to contribute a small amount of money to help cover the costs of Gold Open Access, depending on departmental budgets and the amount involved. You should speak directly with your line manager or Head of School to discuss this.

If your department is unable to help, or if they are unable to cover the entire fee, move on to the next step.

6. Consider Green Open Access instead

In most cases, Gold Open Access is not essential. It is usually possible to make your work openly available via Green Open Access instead, which costs you nothing and can often still ensure that your output complies with funder requirements. More information on how the Green route works and on funder requirements for Green Open Access can be found in separate guides.

If you still want to publish through the Gold route, or if using the Green route for the specific journal/publisher you have in mind would not be compliant with your funder's requirements, then you will either need to choose a different journal/publisher, or you will need to find a way of paying for Gold Open Access yourself.


Library offset deals

The following deals are available to researchers at RGU as a result of negotiations by various consortia on behalf of the university library. If you have any questions about the offset deals, please contact the Publications Team.

American Chemical Society

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. All ACS journals, both hybrid and fully Gold OA. Refer to the ACS website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. All article types (except: Additions; Corrections; Editorials).
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2024.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, you will be asked to complete a publishing agreement. Choose to publish open access. The publisher will then contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article. If you are asked to choose a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY.
  • Other Details. Further information about this deal is available on the ACS website. When reading the guidance on how to make use of the deal, please note that we have a "touch-free" workflow.

BMJ Publishing

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. BMJ hybrid journals ("Standard Collection"). Refer to the BMJ website for a list of titles: under the section "Find out if you are entitled to institutional funding", select Robert Gordon University. Further information then displays, including a dropdown list of journal titles covered by this deal.
  • Article Types Covered. Original articles reporting on primary research; UKRI-funded review articles submitted on or after the 1st April 2022.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2022.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, the publisher should contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article. Since all articles published through this deal must acknowledge certain funding (see "Other Details" below), you should not need to choose a licence; the publisher should automatically use a CC BY licence, as required by the funder.
  • Other Details. Articles must acknowledge funding from one of the following funding bodies in order to be eligible for this deal: British Heart Foundation; Blood Cancer UK; Cancer Research UK; Parkinson's UK; UKRI; Versus Arthritis; Wellcome Trust.

Brill

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. All Brill journals. Refer to the Brill website to browse their available titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Research articles; Review articles; Conference papers (from 1st April 2022).
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2021 - 31st December 2022.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. During submission indicate to the publisher that you are eligible for this agreement. The publisher should then invite you to sign an Open Access licence after acceptance. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY.
  • Other Details. Further information on this deal is available on the Brill website.

Cambridge University Press

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. Most CUP journals, both hybrid and fully Gold OA. Refer to the CUP website for a list of titles: under the section "Use our tool to find out if you are eligible for an Open Access waiver or discount", set the country as "United Kingdom", select Robert Gordon University as your institution and then select "View Your Publishing Agreement". Further information then displays, including a list of journal titles covered by this deal.
  • Article Types Covered. Research articles; Review articles; Rapid communications; Brief reports; Case reports.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2021 - 31st December 2024.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, choose Open Access. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY. The publisher should then contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used for your article.
  • Other Details. Further information about this deal is available on the CUP website.

Elsevier - Hybrid

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. Hybrid journals in Elsevier's "Core", "Cell Press" and "The Lancet" collections. Refer to the Elsevier website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Research articles; Review articles; Case reports; Data in brief; Microarticles; Original software publications; Protocols; Replication studies; Short communications; Short surveys; Video articles; Practice guidelines.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2024.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. When submitting your article, select the Open Access publishing option (this is an indication only). After acceptance, you will be asked to complete a "Rights and Access" form, which will include your final selection of publishing option - again, select Open Access. You should see that a 100% discount has been applied to the APC. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY. Complete the rest of the "Rights and Access" form. The article should appear on the publisher's website within 48 hours. The publisher will then contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article.
  • Other Details. Further information on this deal is available on the Elsevier website.

Elsevier - Fully Gold Open Access

  • Offset Amount. 15% discount on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. Elsevier fully Gold OA journals. Refer to the Elsevier website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Research articles; Review articles; Case reports; Data in brief; Microarticles; Original software publications; Protocols; Replication studies; Short communications; Short surveys; Video articles; Practice guidelines.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2023.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, you will be asked to complete a "Rights and Access" form. On the "Publishing Options" page of that form, you should see that a 15% discount has been applied to the APC. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY. Complete the "Rights" and "Publishing Agreement" pages of the form. On the "Payment Details" page, provide the details of the person to be invoiced for the remaining APC (see separate guidance if you intend to use the UKRI block grant for this). Complete the rest of the "Rights and Access" form. The article should appear on the publisher's website within 48 hours. The publisher will then contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to reduce the APC for your article.
  • Other Details. Further information on this deal is available on the Elsevier website.

Karger

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. All Karger journals. Refer to the Karger website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Original research articles; Review articles; Proceedings; Letters; Editorials.
  • Deal Duration. 1st October 2021 - 31st December 2022.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. During submission and after acceptance, ensure that you choose Open Access if publishing in a hybrid journal. We recommend that you request a CC BY licence, which may not be offered by default but which is permitted by the publisher on request. The publisher should automatically determine whether this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article.
  • Other Details. Remember that you will need to actively request a CC BY licence from the publisher, especially if this is something required by your funder. See our separate guide for a summary of some common funder requirements.

Oxford University Press

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. A national limit applies to the number of articles that can be covered by this deal. This entry will be updated if that limit is reached within a given year.
  • Journals Covered. Most OUP journals, both hybrid and fully Gold OA. Refer to the OUP website for a list of titles: journal titles are listed on the linked page in separate columns as either "Hybrid" or "Fully OA".
  • Article Types Covered. Research articles; Review articles.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2021 - 31st December 2023.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, you will be asked to access OUP's online licencing and payment system. Ensure that you choose Open Access if publishing in a hybrid journal. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY. The system will ask you to confirm that you will pay the APC - confirm this to move ahead with the workflow, but understand that payment will be covered by this deal and that you will not be personally charged for the APC. After proceeding to payment details, select "Scottish institutions (SHEDL affiliated)" from the dropdown list of institutions beneath "Open Access Prepayment Account" on the "Article Charges" page. Select the "Refer Charge?" box and then select "Refer Charges" at the bottom of the page. Complete the rest of the online form. The publisher should automatically detect that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article.
  • Other Details. Further information on this deal is available on the OUP website.

Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on three APCs each year.
  • Journals Covered. RSC hybrid journals (i.e. all RSC journals except: the Chemistry Education Research and Practice journal, and those journals marked as "Gold Open Access"). Refer to the RSC website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. All peer-reviewed article types.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2024.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. This deal should be automatically applied on a first-come, first-served basis. After acceptance, you should be offered a choice of open licences, rather than the standard licence to publish. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY.

SAGE - SAGE Choice

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. SAGE hybrid journals ("SAGE Choice"). Refer to the SAGE website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Original research papers; Review papers; Brief communications; Short reports; Case reports.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2020 - 31st December 2022.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, you will be told that you are eligible to publish open access without additional payment. Confirm that you wish to do so on the publisher's OA portal, within 14 days of receiving the email. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY.

SAGE - SAGE Pure Gold

  • Offset Amount. 20% discount on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. SAGE fully OA journals ("SAGE Pure Gold"). Refer to the SAGE website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Original research papers; Review papers; Brief communications; Short reports; Case reports.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2020 - 31st December 2022.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. The corresponding author must use a special discount code on the publisher's OA portal (or send the code by email to the publisher if the portal is not used). Please contact the Publications Team to request this code. See separate guidance if you intend to use the UKRI block grant to cover the reduced APC.

SCOAP3

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. No limit on the number of articles that can be covered by this deal.
  • Journals Covered. SCOAP3 is a consortium of libraries and other institutions, which has set up a discipline-based agreement with the publishers of a small number of journals. The journals in question publish research in high energy physics. Refer to the SCOAP3 website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. All article types.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2017 - 31st December 2024.
  • Workflow. Submit your work to the journal as normal. It should automatically be published open access after acceptance, regardless of your institutional affiliation.
  • Other Details. The SCOAP3 deal covers all articles in some journals, but only high energy physics articles in other journals. This normally depends on each journal's scope. Further details on this are available as an FAQ on the SCOAP3 website (refer to the question titled, "Are all articles in a SCOAP3 journal automatically made Open Access?").

Springer

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. A national limit applies to the number of articles that can be covered by this deal. This entry will be updated if that limit is reached within a given year.
  • Journals Covered. Springer hybrid journals ("Springer Open Choice"). Refer to the Springer website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Original papers; Review papers; Brief communications; Continuing education.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2019 - 31st December 2022.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, you will be told that you are eligible to publish open access without additional payment. After you have signed the licence, the publisher will then contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article.
  • Other Details. Further information on this deal is available on the Springer website.

Taylor and Francis

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs. National limits apply to the number of articles that can be covered by this deal - one fairly small limit where the APC would normally be more than £3,000 and one significantly larger limit where the APC would normally be less than that. Articles beyond the national limits will instead be offered a 20% discount on the APC. This entry will be updated if either limit is reached within a given year.
  • Journals Covered. Taylor and Francis' hybrid journals ("Open Select"). Refer to the Taylor and Francis website for a list of titles.
  • Article Types Covered. Original research articles.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2021 - 31st December 2023.
  • Workflow. The corresponding author must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, the publisher will contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article. After we have approved this request, the publisher will then ask you to choose a licence; when doing so, we recommend selecting CC BY.
  • Other Details. Further details about the agreement are available on the Taylor and Francis website.

Wiley

The nature of our agreement with Wiley may change over the course of each year, depending on how much of the national fund is remaining. This entry will be kept up-to-date, to confirm which phase of the agreement is in place at any given time.

Update: From 1st January 2022 until further notice, Phase 1 of the agreement is in place.

Phase 1 - All Articles

This phase applies from the start of each year. The agreement will move to Phase 2 if the national fund begins to get too low.

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on all APCs.
  • Journals Covered. All Wiley journals that are either hybrid ("OnlineOpen") or fully Gold OA ("Wiley Open Access"). Refer to the Wiley website for a list of titles: navigate to the "How to publish your article open access" section, where there are separate downloadable lists of hybrid and fully Gold OA journals.
  • Article Types Covered. Primary research articles; Review articles.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2020 - 31st December 2023.
  • Workflow - Hybrid. The corresponding author ("responsible corresponding author") must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, choose Open Access. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY. After you have finished, the publisher will contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article.
  • Workflow - Fully Gold OA. The corresponding author ("responsible corresponding author") must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. During submission, you must select the payment option "The Corresponding Author's institution/funder has an agreement with Wiley". You should then follow the on-screen instructions in order to retrieve the account code. After you have finished, the publisher will contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article. If you are asked to choose a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY.

Phase 2 - Funded Articles Only

This phase applies from the point when the publisher determines that the national fund is getting too low to cover APCs for all articles. The agreement will move to Phase 3 if the national fund runs out entirely.

  • Offset Amount. Complete waiver on APCs for articles acknowledging funding from one of the following: Blood Cancer UK; British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; Parkinson's UK; UKRI (including any of the research councils and Innovate UK); Versus Arthritis; Wellcome Trust. 25% discount on APCs for articles that do not acknowledge funding from any of the bodies in the above list.
  • Journals Covered. All Wiley journals that are either hybrid ("OnlineOpen") or fully Gold OA ("Wiley Open Access"). Refer to the Wiley website for a list of titles: navigate to the "How to publish your article open access" section, where there are separate downloadable lists of hybrid and fully Gold OA journals.
  • Article Types Covered. Primary research articles; Review articles.
  • Deal Duration. 1st January 2020 - 31st December 2023.
  • Workflow - Hybrid. The corresponding author ("responsible corresponding author") must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher. After acceptance, choose Open Access. When choosing a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY (this is a requirement for funded articles).
    • For funded articles: No further action required. After you have finished the online form, the publisher will contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article.
    • For non-funded articles: You will need a special discount code for the payment form - please contact the Publications Team to request this. After you have finished the online form, the publisher will contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article.
  • Workflow - Fully Gold OA. The corresponding author ("responsible corresponding author") must be affiliated with RGU, selecting RGU as their primary affiliation and using their RGU email address when communicating with the publisher.
    • For funded articles: During submission, you must select the payment option "The Corresponding Author's institution/funder has an agreement with Wiley". You should then follow the on-screen instructions in order to retrieve the account code. After you have finished, the publisher will contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article. If you are asked to choose a licence, you must select CC BY in order to comply with your funder's requirements.
    • For non-funded articles: During submission, you must select "UK/Jisc authors (25% discount)" in the "Institutional Discount" section of the payment form. After you have finished, the publisher will contact the Publications Team to confirm that this deal can be used to cover the APC for your article. If you are asked to choose a licence, we recommend selecting CC BY.

Phase 3 - Funding Unavailable

This phase applies when the national fund has run out entirely for a given year. At this point, the agreement is effectively unavailable until the start of January the following year.


UKRI Block Grant

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has a block grant for the purposes of supporting Gold Open Access, which is shared among various institutions. RGU has received a small portion of this year's block grant, covering the period from the 1st April 2022 to the 31st March 2023.

RGU cannot guarantee use of the block grant for all articles that acknowledge UKRI funding. In general, the money will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. An article will be eligible for use of the block grant if all of the following are true:

  • It acknowledges funding from UKRI, one of the research councils, or Innovate UK.
  • It has one or more authors affiliated with RGU.
  • There is sufficient money available to cover the cost of Gold Open Access.
  • The Gold Open Access cost is relatively small, or the journal does not provide a compliant option for Green Open Access.
  • Either: a) it will be published in a purely Gold Open Access journal or publishing platform; or b) it will be published in a hybrid journal that is a Jisc-approved transformative journal.

Details of the funder's current Open Access policy are provided in a separate guide. It will not always be necessary to rely on the block grant to ensure that your article complies with this policy. RGU researchers can take advantage of various other publisher deals that help to offset the costs of Gold Open Access, as detailed elsewhere in this guide.

Additionally, you may be able to comply through Green Open Access, where you self-archive your accepted manuscript on our repository, OpenAIR. In order to do this, you must ensure that you include a set statement in the funder acknowledgement section of your article when you submit it to the publisher. This set statement ensures that we will retain the necessary rights to deposit your accepted manuscript compliantly on OpenAIR. The text of the statement is provided in a separate guide along with other details of the UKRI Open Access requirements.

Researchers are welcome to contact the Publications Team to discuss compliance options at any time, though we generally recommend that the best time to do so is before an article has been submitted for publication.

How to Apply

  1. The RGU author should contact the Publications Team with the following details, preferably prior to submission:
    • The title(s) of the preferred journal(s).
    • The affiliation of the corresponding author.
    • The name of the funder(s) and the funder award reference number(s).
    • The name of the grant-holding institution.

  2. For each preferred journal, the Publications Team will investigate the options that it offers for complying with the funder's policy on Open Access, including checking whether we have sufficient remaining money to cover any Open Access costs. We will then reply with a decision as to whether or not we are able to provide financial support for this article.

  3. If we are able to pay for the article, the corresponding author can continue through the publication process as normal - either submitting the article to a pure Gold Open Access journal or platform, or choosing Gold Open Access in an eligible hybrid journal. When selecting a publication licence, the corresponding author should choose a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, in order to ensure compliance with the funder's policy. When providing details for payment, the invoice should be sent to:

    George Bray, Repository Librarian
    University Library
    Sir Ian Wood Building
    Robert Gordon University
    Garthdee Road
    Aberdeen
    AB10 7GJ


  4. If we are instead unable to pay for the article, then we may provide suggestions for other ways in which the article could be made compliant with the funder's policy. It is then up to the authors to decide where to publish. Immediately after the article has been accepted for publication, the RGU author should contact the Publications Team again with a copy of the accepted manuscript, so that the article can be added to Worktribe and OpenAIR.

Scenarios

The following four scenarios describe what happens under specific circumstances, since our decision on whether or not to use the block grant may be affected by whether RGU received the project funding and whether the corresponding author is affiliated with RGU.

Scenario 1: Funding received by RGU and RGU-affiliated corresponding author

It is the responsibility of the grant-holding author to ensure that the article is compliant with UKRI requirements. RGU authors should contact the Publications Team prior to submission with information about their preferred journals. The Publications Team will be able to advise on whether the preferred journals offer a compliant policy for Green Open Access and also whether they are affected by any of RGU's offset agreements, which can help to mitigate the cost of Gold Open Access.

RGU prefers to rely on Green Open Access for compliance where possible. Where compliant Green Open Access is not an option or where the cost of Gold Open Access is sufficiently small, RGU will consider paying for Gold Open Access from the UKRI block grant. The RGU author should request use of the block grant via the Publications Team (see "How to Apply" above). Please note that payment for Gold Open Access is not guaranteed. When RGU is unable to pay for Gold Open Access, the author may be expected to consider alternative journals in order to achieve compliance.

Scenario 2: Funding received by RGU and non-RGU corresponding author

It is the responsibility of the grant-holding author to ensure that the article is compliant with UKRI requirements. RGU authors should ensure that the non-RGU corresponding author is aware of the need for compliance as early as possible in the publication process. RGU authors are welcome to contact the Publications Team prior to submission with information about their preferred journals. The Publications Team will be able to advise on whether the preferred journals offer a compliant policy for Green Open Access.

RGU prefers to rely on Green Open Access for compliance where possible. Where compliant Green Open Access is not an option or where the cost of Gold Open Access is sufficiently small, RGU will consider offering to pay for Gold Open Access from the UKRI block grant. The RGU author should request use of the block grant via the Publications Team (see "How to Apply" above). Please note that payment for Gold Open Access is not guaranteed and it may be necessary for the corresponding author to request funds to cover payment for Gold Open Access from their own institution instead. Where neither RGU nor the corresponding institution are able to pay for Gold Open Access, the authors may be expected to consider alternative journals in order to achieve compliance.

Scenario 3: Non-RGU funding and RGU-affiliated corresponding author

It is the responsibility of the grant-holding author to ensure that the article is compliant with UKRI requirements. RGU authors should expect to help their co-authors achieve compliance with their funders' requirements for Open Access. RGU authors are welcome to contact the Publications Team prior to submission with information about their preferred journals. The Publications Team will be able to advise on whether the preferred journals offer a compliant policy for Green Open Access and also whether they are affected by any of RGU's offset agreements to mitigate the cost of Gold Open Access.

RGU prefers to rely on Green Open Access for compliance where possible. Where compliant Green Open Access is not an option or where the cost of Gold Open Access is sufficiently small, RGU will consider paying for Gold Open Access from the UKRI block grant. The RGU author should request use of the block grant via the Publications Team (see "How to Apply" above). Please note that payment for Gold Open Access is not guaranteed and it may be necessary for the grant-holding co-author to request funds to cover payment for Gold Open Access from their own institution instead. Where neither RGU nor the grant-holding institution are able to pay for Gold Open Access, the authors may need to consider alternative journals in order to achieve compliance.

Scenario 4: Non-RGU funding and non-RGU corresponding author

It is the responsibility of the grant-holding author to ensure that the article is compliant with UKRI requirements. RGU would not expect to be asked to pay for Gold Open Access in these circumstances. In addition, the article would not be covered by any of RGU's offset agreements for Gold Open Access. However, RGU authors are still welcome to contact the Publications Team with any general queries about their preferred journals.