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Publisher Advice and Institutional Membership Schemes

Biomed Central

Biomed Central operates a large number of journals, and is it important you check the specific advice for the journal you wish to submit to. Generally, manuscripts must be submitted by one of the named authors, who is responsible for seeing it through the editorial and acceptance process. If the submitting author is affiliated to a BMC Member Organisation (list here: then the Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived as part of that membership. Even where a co-author is affiliated to a member organisation, if the submitting author is not then an APC is payable. Anglia Ruskin University is not a member so if one of your co-authors' institutions is, it is worth asking them to act as submitting author..

If an APC is payable, as part of the submission process the submitting author undertakes to pay it, if the article is accepted for publication. Email confirmation will be sent on submission of your output that this is the case, including details of prices and payment options. Although an invoice can be requested, this incurs a £50 surcharge, so if it possible to arrange for the Open Access Administrator to settle the charges direct with a corporate credit card please do so.

Cogitatio ***MEMBERSHIP SCHEME ***

Cogitatio is a relatively new entrant to Open Access publication, at time of writing publishing three journals, Media and Communication, Politics and Governance, and Social Inclusion. During the publication process, shortly ahead of formal acceptance, they will request the corresponding author to provide the name and address of the person who will be responsible for making payment, as well as the institution's VAT number. This should be passed to the Open Access Administrator for payment. When the output is accepted, an invoice will be sent to the named individual to be settled.

As of 1 December 2014 Anglia Ruskin has become the third member of Cogitatio's Membership Program - indeed we are their first institutional members outside North America. This means that if Anglia Ruskin authors choose to publish in a Cogitatio journal, the APC, already far more reasonable than some publishers, will be reduced by 20%, for up to five articles per year. Please note that the corresponding author must be based at Anglia Ruskin, for the discount to apply. In addition, Cogitatio will help to disseminate information about events organised by institutional members which are relevant to one of its journal's readership.


De Gruyter is a well-established academic publisher, operating around seven hundred journal titles across a breadth of subjects, about four hundred of which are fully open access and published under its De Gruyter Open imprint. De Gruyter also publishes scholarly monographs. As of January 2015, Anglia Ruskin has signed up, through Jisc Collections, to De Gruyter's Institutional Membership programme, giving Anglia Ruskin authors a 20% discount on APC charges for journal publication. This agreement operates on a rolling basis and will be renewed annually.

For further information about how to publish in a De Gruyter Open journal, please see and follow the link to 'Open Access Journals'.. Then choose the journal you are interested in to see its information for authors. Alternatively, you may wish to publish in one of De Gruyter's 'hybrid' journals, allowing a mix of fully open and traditional publication. More information on hybrid publication is available from the above link, selecting 'Hybrid Open Access', but to see the journals you may publish in, visit (this link also displays the De Gruyter Open journal titles).

As at May 2017, the pre-discount APC for a De Gruyter Open journal was €500/€1,000/€1,500 + VAT, depending on subject area. The APC for a hybrid De Gruyter journal was €2,000 + VAT, irrespective of subject area.

Please note that when you submit you should make your submission using your Anglia Rusin email address (e.g. During the publication process, editors at De Gruyter will contact the Open Access administrator to ensure that your proposed publication has been approved, so do make sure you have obtained approval before submitted your output for consideration. Individual authors will not be sent invoices for their APCs. De Gruyter will bill for APC charges cumulatively, once annually.

Please note that the De Gruyter scheme gives a 20% discount on BPCs in addition for book chapters and book publications. Further details are also available via the above link and selecting 'Open Access Books'. However, the Anglia Ruskin Open Access Fund does not presently cover publication charges for book chapters and books and you will need to arrange to fund these costs (€1,500 + VAT for a book chapter, and €10,000 + VAT for a book, irrespective of subject area) separately. If you want to publish outputs of this type, please contact the Open Access Administrator to discuss your plans further.

Frontiers in ...

The Frontiers publishing group is responsible for a number of different journals; the publication process is the same for all, but the APC varies depending on the type of article to be published. Once an article is accepted for publication, the APC becomes payable and an invoice is generated. The corresponding author can modify to whom the invoice is addressed within the Review Forum section of the Frontiers website. Alternatively when the invoice is sent out, the accompanying email will include a secure link which should be forwarded to the Open Access Administrator to make payment.


The Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) has been publishing open access journals since 1996, and now operates over 120 journals across a diverse range of fields. Further information is available on the MDPI's website Anglia Ruskin joined MDPI's Membership Program in July 2015, giving Anglia Ruskin authors a 25% discount on APC charges for journal publication. Please note that in order to access the discount, the corresponding or leading author must be associated with Anglia Ruskin.

For further information about how to publish in MDPI journals, please see As part of the submission process, you will be asked to declare that you have received approval from the Open Access Support Fund, so please make sure that you have this arranged before submitting your publication.

Open Library of the Humanities (OLH) ***PLATINUM MODEL - NO APCs***

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs), funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined in its mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future. Anglia Ruskin formally became a supporter of the OLH in May 2017.

OLH is essentially a megajournal platform, supporting a variety of peer-reviewed open access journals operating across the academic humanities, from classics, religious studies & theology, modern languages and literatures through to political philosophy, critical legal studies, anthropology and newer subject areas such as critical theory and cultural studies, film, media & TV studies. To submit an article, you need to login here: ideally using your ORCID identifier. As no APC is required, you do not need to apply to the open access support fund to publish in the OLH.


PLoS publish several journals, each with its own specific scope, so it is important you select the correct one to minimise delays. The publication process appears to be the same with all PLoS journals, however. During the submission process the submitting author will be asked to accept the Article Processing Charge (APC) which will become due if the article is accepted for publication. Once the article is accepted, the submitting author is sent an invoice that must be passed to the Open Access Administrator for payment. Once the invoice has been generated, it is possible to have it re-issued with alternative contact details.


SAGE is the world's fifth largest publisher, with a portfolio of more than 900 journals, nearly half of which are published on behalf of learned societies. A proportion of these are operated on an open-access only basis, and publication in these titles necessitates payment (see for a list. Many other SAGE subscription journals operate on a hybrid basis, and can publish open-access if requested to do so - which normally happens once the paper has been accepted for publication.

However, SAGE has a very liberal green open access policy, allowing the author-accepted version of any paper published in a subscription journal to be deposited by the author in their institutional repository, where it can be made available immediately upon publication - there is no embargo. It is therefore difficult to see how paid publication in anything except a SAGE open-access only journal can be justified.


Springer publishes a huge number of journals, many of which are made available in some form of open access: about two hundred are branded as "SpringerOpen" and are entirely paid-for open-access journals; and about 1,600 are hybrid journals, offering authors the option to pay for immediate open access if they wish, under the "OpenChoice" brand. Both variants allow authors to retain copyright in their work and to licence their work for reuse under the Creative Commons CC-BY licence (exceptionally, some journals ask authors to use the slightly more restrictive CC-BY-NC licence). Further information is available on the Springer website:

For publication in SpringerOpen journals, you will be asked to confirm during the submission process that you will pay the open access charge on acceptance. On acceptance, you will be sent an invoice which should be passed to the Open Access administrator for payment. Exceptionally, some SpringerOpen journals are entirely supported by scholarly societies or other professional organisations, including any publication charges.

For publication in OpenChoice journals, once the paper has been accepted you will be asked if you wish to make the publication available on an Open Access basis. If you agree, a charge will be levied, but because Anglia Ruskin is part of the Springer Compact arrangement (organised through Jisc, to help ensure that institutions whose library subscriptions cover journal titles in which outputs appear for which they have paid the open access charge are not charged twice) the corresponding author will not receive an invoice. Rather, Springer will confirm, through Jisc, that the submitting author is eligible to be supported. You should, therefore, ensure you have gained approval from the Open Access Support Fund before submitting to the journal; you should enter the APC applying to a non-Compact author (probably EUR2400 + VAT). If you are using funds from a research grant to pay for publication, please make sure that in submitting to the relevant Springer journal that you decline the opportunity for the charge to be covered under the Open Access Agreement between Springer and Anglia Ruskin. This will ensure that you are directly billed, rather than your charge being combined with Springer APCs as part of our annual reconciliation. Most OpenChoice journals allow reuse under the CC-BY licence. Copyright remains with the author(s).

Please note that about thirty OpenChoice journals whose conditions require the use of the more restrictive CC-BY-NC licence are not covered under the Springer Compact, charges for publication in which authors will continue to receive invoices, which should again be forwarded to the Open Access Administrator for payment.

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis publish a number of academic journals, but have a standard publication process. During submission, the submitting author will be asked to take responsibility for paying the Article Processing Charge (APC); this is legally binding. Once the output has been formally accepted, an invoice will be sent to the corresponding author. This invoice should be passed to the Open Access Administrator for payment.


As with most other publishers, Wiley operate a number of journals but have a standard publication process. They will deal in the first instance with the submitting author, who will be sent an invoice on acceptance of the output. That invoice contains the details of the charges levied, and invoice and account numbers which are used to identify the payment and link it to a specific output. This means that if either the invoice (in preference) or these identifying details are sent to the Open Access Administrator, the invoice can be paid on the author's behalf.

Where a scholarly society sponsors the journal, if submitting authors are members of that society they will be entitled to a discount on the APC. Also, sometimes within the Wiley family of journals, outputs submitted to one journal may be referred by the editorial team to another journal that they believe to be a more suitable outlet. This often also attracts a 'journal referral discount' of up to 20% on the APC. Two or more discounts cannot be combined and applied to the same APC; only the largest discount, whatever that might, is applied. Where such discounts are applied, they will be shown on the invoice provided to the submitting author, and can be passed to the Open Access Administrator for payment just as if there were no discounts. Submitting authors who are personal members of the society concerned do not need to pay the APC personally to obtain the discount.