Institutional Open Access deals & discounts

The Library enables Sussex researchers to publish their work Gold Open Access through a variety of Transformative Agreements and other institutional memberships.

Researchers wishing to publish journal articles via the Gold route to Open Access (OA) may be required to pay a charge, known as the Article Processing Charge (APC). The Library has arranged several institutional memberships and Transformative Agreements to help cover these costs. These are available to researchers affiliated with the University of Sussex or BSMS. BSMS researchers can find more information on Open Access publishing here.

Criteria for each agreement are detailed below but please contact the Open Access team as early as possible if you’re planning to publish - the sooner you do, the more we can help! 

Transformative Agreements are labelled separately as these offer potential routes to compliance with certain UK funders’ Open Access policies, including Wellcome and UKRI.

The Library administers block grants to support Gold Open Access for research funded by UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK, and BHF and may be able to provide support for Gold Open Access publication outside of these deals.

Please note that the Library does not wish to influence authors’ decisions on where to publish and the list below is not an endorsement of any particular publisher. We always welcome suggestions for Open Access deals and memberships. 

If you are unsure about any of the deals below, please contact the Library Open Access team on 01273 877553 or openaccess@sussex.ac.uk.

Open Access deals for all authors

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

    Deal: APC discount

    AAAS Journals Agreement 2021

    • 10% APC discount when publishing in Science Advances
    • Available to corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Sussex 

    For further information on this deal, visit the Institutional Affiliation Discount section of American Association for the Advancement of Science's Licensing and charges page. 

  • American Chemical Society

    Deal: APC discount

    Institutional All Publications package of ACS Publications 

    (Individual ACS membership also available)

    • $250 institutional discount on APCs per article published for University of Sussex affiliated authors
    • One year’s Individual ACS membership costing $175 attracts a further $500 APC discount per article published
    • The combined APC saving after membership costs is $575 per article published for individual ACS members who are affiliated to the University of Sussex
    • For APC costs and discounts, and further membership details see the ACS member discounts page and the ACS membership page
    • Financial assistance with individual membership costs may be possible for University of Sussex affiliated authors acknowledging UK Research Council or COAF funding
    • Authors who require financial assistance for membership must contact the Open Access team to confirm funds before making any purchase: openaccess@sussex.ac.uk

    Author Actions:

    The link in your acceptance email will direct you to the enrolment page for your manuscript

    • Click 'Apply Discounts' button
    • Membership discount: if applicable enter your ACS Member ID
    • Institutional discount: enter 'University of Sussex'
    • Click the 'Apply Discounts' button when finished

    For more information on this deal, visit ACS.

  • American Institute of Physics (AIP)

    Deal: Publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    AIP Transitional Agreement 2021-23

    Please note: an annual article cap applies to this agreement, at which point the eligibility criteria may be subject to change

      • University of Sussex corresponding authors can publish open access in any AIP hybrid subscription titles at no cost to the author
      • Eligible article type – Research article only

    For further information and a guide for authors, visit AIP.

  • Cambridge University Press (CUP)

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Read and Publish agreement 2021-24

    • Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Sussex can publish Open Access in Gold and hybrid journals at no cost to the author through the Cambridge University Press Read and Publish Agreement
    • Publish research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports and case reports

     For further information and author actions visit CUP.

  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2022

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Read and Publish agreement 2022

    • Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Sussex can publish Open Access with a CC-BY licence in 4 research titles at no cost to the author: Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA, and Learning & Memory
    • This offer applies to research articles only
    • Corresponding authors should ensure that their institutional affiliation and institutional email address is correctly entered in the publisher’s submission system

    For further information, please visit CSHLP.

  • Company of Biologists

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Read and Publish agreement 2022-2024

    For further information, see Company of Biologists' guide for authors.

  • De Gruyter

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author

    De Gruyter Transitional OA R&P Agreement 2021-23

    • Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Sussex can publish Open Access with a CC BY licence in hybrid journals at no cost to the author
    • Corresponding author to identify affiliation with the University of Sussex when submitting. Using your Sussex email address should do confirm your affiliation

    For further information and author guidelines visit De Gruyter.

  • Elsevier (incl. Cell Press)
    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Elsevier-UK Institutions Agreement 2022-2024

    • University of Sussex affiliated corresponding authors can publish their peer-reviewed research Gold OA at no additional cost in Elsevier's hybrid journals
    • Corresponding authors can also benefit from a 15% discount on the list price APC in Elsevier's fully Gold OA journals. The Library does not have funds to cover the remaining APC amount 
    • Please note this agreement covers the Open Access charge (APC) only and not page or colour charges if applied

    Author actions:

    • Once your article has been accepted for publication in a participating journal, you will receive an email containing a link to the "post-acceptance author journey". Upon selecting your publishing options, your affiliation will be validated by your institution, and you will be informed if the APC will be covered by the agreement
    • Upon publication, your final published Open Access article will be made freely available on ScienceDirect, the world's largest publishing platform

    Visit Elsevier for further information, author guidelines and a list of eligible Elsevier journals.

  • Institute of Physics (IOP)
    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Open Access for the UK (2020-)

    • University of Sussex affiliated corresponding authors can publish their work Gold OA at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals
    • Corresponding authors can also benefit from a 70% discount on the standard APC of hybrid journals not included in the main list
    • Please note this agreement covers the Open Access charge only and not page or colour charges if applied

    Visit IOP for further information, author guidelines and a list of eligible IOP journals.

  • MDPI

    Deal: APC discount

    The Institutional Open Access Programme (IOAP) 2020-22

    • Affiliated authors receive a 10% discount on MDPI APCs
    • Deal applies to all MDPI journals

    Author Actions:

    • Authors are prompted in the last step of submission to confirm they are eligible for discounts under the open access scheme
    • The program is pre-selected if authors are submitting from an institutional computer with a registered IP address

     For more information, visit MDPI.

  • Oxford University Press (OUP)

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    OUP Open Access Read and Publish Agreement 2021-23

    • University of Sussex affiliated corresponding authors can publish their work Gold OA at no cost to the author (please note that page/colour charges can apply; please check the submission guidelines for your chosen journal)
    • Research and review articles are eligible
    • All eligible articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, except for society titles that do not offer a CC BY option
    • Please note this agreement covers the Open Access charge only and not page or colour charges if applied

    Author Actions:

    For further information and author actions visit OUP's UK Read & Publish deal page and their list of eligible OUP journals.

  • PeerJ

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author

    Institutional Three-Year Fixed Term Memberships

    • Our PeerJ Three Year Fixed Term Memberships are valid from the date of an author’s first publication and for a further 36 months, during which they can publish up to two more articles at any point, giving authors more flexibility as to when they publish
    • Under the agreement, all co-authors must hold a PeerJ Membership in order to publish; any Memberships previously held by Sussex-affiliated authors remain valid

    Author actions:

    • Use your Sussex email address during submission process and follow PeerJ's guidance once your article has been accepted
    • The request will come through to the Library from PeerJ to approve with no further action needed by you

    For more information, visit PeerJ.

  • Public Library of Science (PLOS)

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    PLOS Flat Fee for Six 2022-2023

    Author actions:

    • Upon submitting your manuscript to any of the eligible PLOS journals, authors should list their institutional affiliation in PLOS' submission system

    For more information, visit PLOS.

  • Policy Press

    Deal: APC discount

    20% discount 

    • Sussex-affiliated authors qualify for a 20% APC discount for Policy Press journals

     Author actions:

    • Use your University email address and flag that you are aware Sussex have a discount in your correspondence
    • Ensure you quote our customer number (CU-0286938) when enquiring about the Open Access discount

     For more information, visit Policy Press. 

  • Portland Press

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Read and Publish agreement 2022

    • Corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Sussex can publish Open Access in all 7 of the Portland Press journals with a CC-BY license at no cost to the author
    • Corresponding authors should ensure that their institutional affiliation and institutional email address is correctly entered in the publisher’s submission system

    For further information, please visit Portland Press.

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author

    Read and Publish agreement 2020-2021 - PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DEAL IS UNDER REVIEW FOR 2022

    • A limited number of Gold OA articles can be published free of charge to corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Sussex in RSC hybrid journals
    • Articles published in RSC Gold OA journals attract a 15% discount
    • Please note this agreement covers the Open Access charge only and not page or colour charges if applied

    Further details, author guidelines and eligible journals can be found in the RSC Read & Publish scheme.

  • Royal Society Publishing

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Royal Society Read and Publish 2022

    • University of Sussex affiliated corresponding authors can publish their work Gold OA at no cost to the author in any Royal Society journal 

     Author actions:

    • During the submission process, simply state details of your institution and select the 'Read & Publish' option 

     For more information, visit The Royal Society.

  • SAGE

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    SAGE Transformative 2020 - 2022

    Author actions:

    • Corresponding authors affiliated with Sussex should automatically be included in this deal. Notification of acceptance 

    For more information visit SAGE.

  • Springer

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Springer Compact Agreement 2021-2022

    • Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Sussex can publish their papers Gold open access free of charge
    • Deal applies to most Springer Open Choice (hybrid) journals. See list of eligible Springer journals here

     Author actions:

    • During the submission process state that you are affiliated with the University of Sussex and use your University email address
    • The request will come through to the Library from Springer to confirm you are eligible as a University member

     For more information, visit Springer. Also see Springer UK guide for corresponding authors [PDF 340.39KB].

  • Taylor & Francis

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Jisc Taylor & Francis Read and Publish OA Agreement 2021-23

    Please note: an annual article cap applies to this agreement, at which point the eligibility criteria may be subject to change.

     Author actions:

    • You do not need to do anything. All accepted research articles meeting the eligibility requirements will be considered for OA publication under this agreement. If approved by the University, you will receive an email asking you to select a Creative Commons licence
    • The University prefers, and certain research funders require, a CC BY licence to be selected. If in doubt, please contact openaccess@sussex.ac.uk

    To be eligible, articles must:

    • Be original research articles. Other types of paper, such as Editorials, Announcements and Book Reviews are not covered
    • Be accepted for publication after the 1st of January 2021
    • Have a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Sussex

    For more information, visit Taylor & Francis.

  • Wiley

    Deal: publish Gold OA at no cost to author (Transformative Agreement)

    Jisc Wiley Read and Publish Agreement 2020-23

    Author actions:

    • Publishing in a subscription (hybrid) journal: after acceptance log in to Wiley Author Services, click "Select OnlineOpen", choose University of Sussex as your affiliation, and provide details of any relevant funding. Next, confirm that you would like to make your article OnlineOpen. The University’s Open Access Team will be notified of your request
    • Publishing in a fully open access journal: select University of Sussex as your institution when you submit

    If your paper was funded by one of the UK Research Councils (UKRI), former COAF medical charities (including Wellcome Trust) or another funder that requires the CC BY licence, ensure that you select this option when asked. The University encourages other authors to choose CC BY.

    For more information, visit Wiley.