Where can you publish Open Access?

Open Access Definitions

There are two routes to OA:

1. Green route

Aberystwyth University (AU) makes its research open access via the Aberystwyth Research Portal. All new Journal contributions, including Conference Proceedings published in a journal edition, should be made available through the Green OA route by depositing a postprint of your paper in PURE at the point of acceptance. Your article will then be checked and publisher embargo applied (if appropriate) before it appears in the Aberystwyth Research Portal.

AU Open Access and PURE submission policy

If you are concerned that your journal doesn’t allow you to meet UKRI and/or HEFCE/W OA requirements please get in touch with openaccess@aber.ac.uk as soon as possible.

For information the UK embargo list for Elsevier journals can be found at: https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/78473/UK-Embargo-Periods.pdf .   


What is a postprint (also known as the Author Accepted Manuscript)?

Below are the Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook’s definitions of pre-print and post-print versions of an article. These definitions will help you verify which version of your article needs to be uploaded when you create a record of the research output within PURE; our current research information system. After validation, the records are then transferred to Aberystwyth Research Portal.

pre-print is a version of the article before it has been peer-reviewed for publication. The term may refer either to articles at an early stage of preparation or to articles at the last stage before submission for peer-review. In the latter case the article is, of course, well-developed and ready for critical review and, if only minor revisions are needed as a result of peer review, a late-stage preprint may be very little different from the final article.

post-print/Author Accepted Manuscript is the final version of the article that the author sees before it is published. A post-print has been peer-reviewed and the changes and revisions required by the reviewers have been incorporated. It is identical to the published version except that the publisher will lay out the article in the house style, assign page numbers (if the journal is still published in print), add the publisher's logo, copyright details, and so forth. In content, however, the author's final post-print and the published version are effectively the same.


2. Gold/Hybrid Routes

As well as achieving open access via the Green Route, you can publish in a Gold journal, sometimes via an Article Processing Charge – APC, or in a hybrid journal via an APC. Gold Open Access enables a paper to be freely available to all readers on the publisher’s website without being restricted to subscribers behind a paywall. UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)'s block grant funding is occasionally available to support Gold Open Access for research derived from its funded projects. This includes funded student projects.

The full UKRI Open Access rules can be viewed at: https://www.ukri.org/funding/information-for-award-holders/.  Please note that UKRI Open Access funding is available for publications from any UKRI funded project, including RCUK/UKRI funded studentships.


UKRI required Licences

Creative Commons (CC) re-use licences provide a useful facility for asserting the range of purposes to which information or data contained in a paper can be applied.

UKRI expect the CC-BY licence to be applied to Gold Open Access articles drawing on block grant. The CC-BY licence requires acknowledgment of the original authors/creators in any new output, but there are no restrictions on commercial re-use, on creating derivatives from the original information or data, nor on the future licencing which may be applied to any derivative works.

The CC-BY-NC licence does include a restriction on commercial re-use and forms the maximum licence limitation which UKRI will allow for compliant Green Open Access.  

Further details regarding the full range of Creative Commons re-use licences including more restrictive licences can be found at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ 



 Transformative agreements:

UKRI is a member of cOAlition S https://www.coalition-s.org/ and supports the global Open Access 2020 Initiative (OA2020) which aims to accelerate the transition to Open Access by adopting strategies to systematically withdraw financial support of paywalled publishing venues and reinvest those funds to support Open Access publishing. cOAlition S encourages publishers to enter into transformative arrangements globally in all countries and share data from such arrangements.

Aberystwyth University has signed a number of Transformative Agreements negotiated by Jisc [https://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/Transformative-OA-Reqs/] with academic publishers on behalf of UK researchers and universities. The following agreements provide both traditional ‘read’ access to journals and various mechanisms for Aberystwyth authors to publish gold open access.


ACS Publications

AU was provided with 3 Open Access Tokens for 2020 as part of their Read and Publish deal with ACS.  One has been used to date (3/11).  Instructions can be found on this page: https://acsopenscience.org/how-to-publish-open-access/

Authors MUST select their institution at the time of article submission. If the article is not affiliated with the institution included in the open access agreement, the CCC RightsLink transaction will not prompt them to request funding from that institution.

If authors have any difficulties, please contact openaccess@aber.ac.uk


Cambridge University Press (CUP)           1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020

Deal for 2020 is ‘OA Light’ and allows for 2 APCs, though 5 were rolled over from 2019, however, 2 were retrospectively applied, leaving a total allowance equating to 5 APCs for the remainder of 2020 (as of 29/4).

For details on publishing via Open Access in Cambridge University Press journals:



Company of Biologists   1 Jan 2020-31 Dec 2021

Participating institutions (which includes AU) receive unlimited access to all paywalled content, plus unlimited, immediate open access publishing of the Version of Record for all corresponding authors at those institutions under CC-BY licence terms, in the Society's three hybrid journals: Development; Journal of Cell Science; Journal of Experimental Biology.  For further details see websites for each of the journals: https://jcs.biologists.org/   https://jeb.biologists.org/   https://www.biologists.com/development/


Institute of Physics Publications              10 Feb 2020 - 31 Dec 2023

Deal covers more than 40 journals which they manage.  It allows for unlimited APCs within those journals at no additional cost.  A small number of further journals are eligible for a 70% discount, though authors will need to identify eligibility to the publishers themselves. A link to the journal lists, together with details about how discounts etc are applied can be found on this page: https://publishingsupport.iopscience.iop.org/questions/open-access-uk/


Microbiology Society     1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

AU receives unlimited access to all paywalled content, plus unlimited, immediate OA publishing under CC-BY licence terms of the "Version of Record" for all accepted manuscripts, where the corresponding author is at Aberystwyth University.  Further details can be found here: https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/publish-and-read


Open Library of Humanities Library    20 Jun 2019 - 30 Apr 2021

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a not-for-profit, Gold open access journal platform (with 27 journals) and books publisher for the humanities. OLH implements a collaborative and collective funding model and facilitates open access through institutional membership.  For further information, see: https://www.openlibhums.org/


Royal Society of Chemistry         1 April 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

AU’s current agreement includes an allowance for 2 APC’s annually. This allocation has been used up for 2020. Information for authors can be found on this page: https://www.rsc.org/journals-books-databases/open-access/gold-open-access/#apc


Springer     25 Apr 2020 – 31 Dec 2023

Unlimited APCs in Springer hybrid subscription journals.  Please see https://www.springer.com/gp/open-access/springer-open-choice/springer-compact for details of SpringerCompact deal and click on: http://resource-cms.springer.com/springer-cms/rest/v1/content/7476756/data/v5  for a listing of Springer journal titles which are eligible for the SpringerCompact deal).

Taylor & Francis    18 Jul 2019 – 31 Dec 2020

Aberystwyth authors are entitled to a 75% discount in Open Select and hybrid journals.

Information for authors can be found on this page: https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/publishing-open-access/oa-agreements/


 Wiley                     4 Mar 2020 - 31 Dec 2023

Originally, a limit of 8000 APCs across UK HE had been allowed for.  However, Jisc and Wiley’s monitoring of the Open Access fund has shown that it has been drawn down more quickly than originally modelled. The volume of articles has been higher than predicted and the distribution of journals where authors have chosen to publish has been different than modelled (skewing slightly towards journals with higher APCs).

 From 12 October Wiley have taken the decision to limit OA publishing to Wellcome, UKRI, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis funded research only, to guarantee that all research funded will be published OA in 2020.


These Transitional Agreements are complex and do vary enormously. Please read your publisher correspondence carefully and contact openaccess@aber.ac.uk with any questions to avoid any personal liability for costs.