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The University has entered into some schemes and memberships with publishers to reduce the cost of publishing open access.

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 and its researchers.


Publisher Arrangement
American Chemical Society Individual memberships give authors further discounts. Authors who are members of the ACS and who are working at an institution that subscribes to their journals are eligible to a discount of up to US$750 on open access charges.
Frontiers The Open Access Service has a centralised invoicing arrangement with Frontiers that offers a 10% discount on open access fees for eligible papers.
MDPI Membership entitles authors to a 10% discount.
PeerJ 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 pubished in PeerJ. Articles are subject to an APC unless all authors of a publication are PeerJ members. In such a case there will be no APC for the open access article.

Authors publishing in any of SAGE's fully open access journals will receive a 20% discount on the open access publication fee. The 20% discount can be obtained by quoting code JISC2020 in the RightsLink portal. For open access journals where RightsLink portal is not used, the corresponding author must contact to request the discount. If the corresponding author does not request the discount via the code, they may request an amended invoice by contacting SAGE’s Open Access customer service team prior to payment being made (

This gold journal discount process will soon also be automated in the SAGE Open Access portal. Once the migration is complete (anticipated to be the early summer of 2020) authors will not need to take any action to benefit from the discount. Instead the discount will be automatically applied to the prevailing rate APC for the journal. Where an author is eligible for more than one discount, discounts cannot be combined but the highest discount available to the author will be automatically applied to the APC due. 

SCOAP3 Cambridge University, through JISC Collections, participates in the SCOAPpartnership. 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.


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'.

Publisher Offsetting arrangement Notes
Taylor & Francis T&F allocate 'vouchers' for a 75% discount on APCs T&F should automatically apply the discount to eligible papers.
American Chemical Society As part of a pilot, ACS have allocated Cambridge University discounted APCs based on the previous year's expenditure on subscriptions.    Tokens for the discounted APCs are credited directly to the Open Access Service's prepayment account.

Last updated 5 June 2020