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Scholarly Communication


Publishing research Open Access, either in a Gold Open Access journal or a hybrid journal (a subscription journal that charges to make a particular article Open Access while the remainder of the journal is only available to subscribers) often incurs an Article Processing Charge. The University has entered into some agreements and memberships with publishers to reduce the cost to the University for this process. Please note that these deals do not act as an endorsement of any particular publisher. The agreements arise from an assessment of the financial benefit to the University.

Individual author memberships may be paid from RCUK or COAF funds by the Open Access Team, however, these are treated on a case-by-case basis and a publication must be imminent.




American Chemical Society

Individual memberships give authors further discounts*

BioMed Central

Supporter membership entitles authors to a 15% discount. All BioMed Central papers are deposited directly in Apollo.


Membership entitles authors to a 10% discount

Oxford University Press

Open Access prepayment account to assist with management of APCs and a 5% discount on all APC payments made through the account


Cambridge University has bought 100 Basic PeerJ memberships so Cambridge researchers may submit a claim for a Basic membership. Corresponding authors in PeerJ journals must be a member to allow the paper to be published in PeerJ. Articles are subject to an APC unless all authors of a publication are PeerJ members when there will be no article processing fee for the open access article.

Royal Society

Open Access Membership entitles authors to a 25% discount


Cambridge University is a member of the consortium agreement for the Springer Compact. This means that all articles published in Springer journals by Cambridge authors will be Open Access, regardless of whether they are from funded research or not.


Cambridge University, through Jisc Collections, participates in the SCOAP3 partnership. Certain key journals in high-energy physics have been made fully open access under this partnership, with no additional cost to authors, whereas other journals will only publish high-energy physics papers open access.


Cambridge University has Associate Membership with Hindawi which provides three APC waivers. All Hindawi papers are deposited directly in Apollo.

AAAS Cambridge University receives a 30% discount on Science Advances APCs, but authors must select the discount while completing the open access order details.
Royal Society of Chemistry Authors affiliated to Cambridge will receive a 15% discount on all APCs in hybrid journals. The discount will be applied automatically by the RSC for eligible authors.

* Authors who are members of the ACS and who are working at an institution that subscribes to their journals can pay as little as US$1500 (although CC-BY costs an extra $500 so to be compliant it costs $2000) for the article processing charge, compared to the standard rate of US$4000

Offset arrangements

The University is participating in a series of offsetting arrangements. These are arrangements to help the global open access transition, where at an institutional level, the expenditure on Article Processing Charges over and above the subscription payments are at least partially returned to the institution to avoid 'double dipping'. A Joint Understanding of Offsetting was developed in March 2016 by an international group of librarians, consortium leaders and negotiators to agree on objectives, mechanisms and required tools for offsetting.

Publisher Offsetting arrangement Notes
Institute of Physics (IoP) IoP refunds a proportion of the previous year's Cambridge University expenditure on APCs This money has been sent directly to the Library. It will be used to cover APCs for fully OA journals
Taylor & Francis T&F have allocated Cambridge University 73 'vouchers' for a 75% discount on APCs The number of ‘virtual vouchers’ have been calculated by dividing the 2015 journal expenditure by the cost of an APC (£1,788)
Wiley Wiley refunds 50% of the previous year's expenditure on APCs This money is credited directly to the Open Access Service's prepayment account. APCs that are paid through the account receive a 25% discount.