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Open Access Funding

While it is usually possible to make your work open access at no cost (‘green’ open access), it cannot always be made available immediately because of restrictions set by publishers. For immediate open access (or ‘gold’), many publishers require that an ‘article processing charge’ (APC) is paid. This usually ranges between £800 and £2000, though it can be higher with the mean, or average, charge estimated by the RCUK to be £1727 (+ VAT). This page provides information on the funding options available to cover these charges.

RCUK, Wellcome trust or COAF Funded research

If you are acknowledging RCUK, Wellcome Trust or Charities Open Access Fund (COAF) funding in your paper then you can access our RCUK Open Access fund. You will need to select a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License, when prompted by the publisher.

The eligible funding bodies are: EPSRC, BBSRC, ESRC, STFC, NERC, AHRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Now, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Bloodwise and Parkinson’s UK.

To access this fund, please fill out the Open Access APC Payment Application form.  Please note: available funds for RCUK-funded research are currently very low. We anticipate that the next round of funding will begin in April. To make your research open, please consider the green open access option. If you have any enquiries, contact the Open Access Team.  Funds are still available for papers acknowledging support from the Wellcome Trust or Charity Open Access Fund (COAF).

European Research Council and Horizon 2020 funded research

Article processing charges for European Research Council-funded works can be claimed as direct eligible costs from your grant if publication is expected during the period of the grant. For more information, read the ERC guidelines.

Research in Gold Open Access only journals

If you are publishing in a high quality journal that requires the payment of an APC and doesn’t have a self-archiving (or green open access) option, you may be able to use the Bath Open Access Fund. You do not need to have external funding to access this.

A publication is eligible for this fund if the journal operates a gold or paid open access model only and the journal is a Q1 title as measured by Journal Citation Reports or SCImago Journal Rankings. The library’s open access team can advise on whether your journal is eligible. For further advice, email openaccess@bath.ac.uk)

Since many journals require you to agree to the payment when you submit your article, it is a good idea to ensure you have funding before you submit your article to the publisher.

To access this fund, please complete the open access APC payment application form.

What if no funding is available?

If your article does not meet the criteria for funding for gold open access, there are still a number of things that you can do:

  1. Use green open access instead. Most journals will allow you to upload a copy of your work to your institutional repository. This is a perfectly acceptable way of making your work open access and meeting your funder’s requirements. See our How to add research outputs to Pure guide.
  2. Ask your Associate Dean (Research). By exception, your Associate Dean (Research) can authorise payment from the Bath Open Access Fund for a journal that would not otherwise be eligible. You will need to justify why paid open access would be beneficial for the paper; for example, if the paper has international co-authorship and open access would help draw international readers.
  3. Ask your department for funding. If green open access isn’t an option for your chosen journal, you may still need to find funding for the APC, so it is worth asking your department to see if any funding is available.