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Support for Researchers at the University of Derby

What are Open Access Agreements?

Some publishers will offer special or discounted rates for publishing via their Gold Open Access route. The Gold Open Access route is where the author, their institution, or research funder are often (though not always) required to pay an Article Processing Charge to make their research freely available upon publication. Gold Open Access articles can also be assigned a Creative Commons License, which allows the published version to be shared widely and deposited in UDORA.

The University is part of a small number of Open Access Agreements, based on our current journal subscriptions paid to certain publishers. 

Funding from the University of Derby

There is limited funding available for researchers at the University of Derby to request funds for the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Gold Open Access. for more details, please see the Open Access pages on the staff intranet

Springer Open Choice

Springer has an Open Access agreement with JISC for UK authors in place, which applies to eligible Springer subscription journals

The agreement means that corresponding authors from UK institutions who are publishing in one of the participating Springer subscription journals may publish their article Gold Open Access with no Article Processing Charge. The University has been issued a number of free vouchers to use as payment.

The scheme applies to original papers, review papers, brief communications and continuing education papers.

Further information on the Springer Open Choice deal for UK authors can be found at the Springer website.

The Springer Open Choice Open Access Agreement applies to the corresponding author. Springer defines the corresponding author as - 

"the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and publication process. In addition, the corresponding author also acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published."


Instructions for corresponding authors:
1. When your paper is accepted, Springer will direct you to a MyPublication form

2. Agree to the open access terms, including the CC BY licence.

3. Declare your affiliation with University of Derby. We recommend using your University of Derby e-mail address to help the university and Springer verify your eligibility.

4. Once verified*, your paper will become open access on publication

*Eligible vouchers will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Open Book Publishers

Open Book Publishers are an academic-led, not-for-profit book publisher of Open Access books. They do not charge a Book Processing Charge (BPC) but as a not-for-profit organisation, they do ask that publication grants are sourced wherever possible. However, they will not penalise authors who are unable to secure grants. More information on publishing a monograph/ book with OBP is available on their website and Author Guide.

Taylor and Francis Open Select

The Taylor and Francis NESLI APC allowance scheme provides University of Derby with a limited number of vouchers that can be redeemed for a 75% discount on the standard APC in most Open Select journals (excluding medical). This wil reduce most charges from around £1,895 to £474.


The Taylor and Francis NESLI Open Access Agreement applies to the corresponding author. Further details for corresponding authors are available on the T&F Author Services Publishing Open Access webpage.

Instructions for corresponding authors:

1. Check if your chosen journal participates in the NESLI scheme.

2. If it does, on acceptance email with your article details, full billing details and institutional VAT number, indicating that you wish to apply a University of Derby NESLI voucher to the APC.

3. Once verified and subject to voucher availability, a 75% discount will be applied to the standard journal APC .

4. Your article will be open access on publication.

Wiley OnlineOpen

Wiley’s OnlineOpen agreement with Jisc allows UK authors to to publish without having to pay additional Article Publication Charges (APCs). 

To be eligible, your manuscript must have been accepted on or after 2 March 2020  and must fall under the OnlineOpen scheme. You must also be the corresponding author affiliated with the University of Derby at the point of acceptance for publication. If publishing in a hybrid journal, you must order OnlineOpen at the point of acceptance. 

The scheme only applies to primary research and review articles.

Further information on this agreement can be found on Wiley's website

The Wiley OnlineOpen agreement applies to the corresponding author as per their following definition:

'the author who manages the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process - from submission through publication. This author has the authority to act on behalf of all the co-authors and will be the contact for inquiries after publication also.'

Once your article is accepted, the corresponding author is able to select OnlineOpen from the Author Services Dashboard. For step-by-step instructions, visit the How to Order OnlineOpen page.


Once your order is complete, your article will be made open access immediately upon publication. The open access icon and Creative Commons license signals to readers that the content is freely available to read, download and share. 

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

If any original research article is identified as being funded by one of the below eligible funders, then the relevant journal Article Processing Charge (APC) from journals within the BMJ standard collection will be waived. The fee will be deducted from a consortium publishing fund.

Any original research article produced as a result of Wellcome funding will continue to be covered by this agreement and made Open Access for the whole of 2021, even if the publishing fund is met.

Eligible funders: 


● Wellcome Trust

● British Heart Foundation

● Blood Cancer UK

● Cancer Research UK

● Parkinsons UK

● Versus Arthritis

For more information visit the BMJ webpages for authors on Open Access.