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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.
De Gruyter Effective 1 January 2019, Cambridge authors may publish primary research and review articles in both Pure and Hybrid Open Access journals with a 20% discount applied to APCs. The article's corresponding author must be from an eligible university and the article must have been accepted on or after 1 January 2019. A step-by-step guide on how to benefit from this agreement is available.
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.
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.
Hindawi Cambridge University has associate membership with Hindawi which provides three APC waivers. All Hindawi papers are deposited directly in Apollo.
Royal Society of Chemistry Authors affiliated to Cambridge will receive a 15% discount on all APCs in hybrid journals. The discount will be applied automatically by the RSC for eligible authors.


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 The number of 'virtual vouchers' has been calculated based on the 2017 journal expenditure.
Wiley Wiley refunds 50% of the previous year's expenditure on APCs This money is credited directly to the Open Access Service's prepayment account. APCs that are paid through the account receive a 25% discount.
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 February 2020