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Open Access and Depositing your Research: Open Access Funding

Open Access Funding at BU

Open Access Funding @ BU

Funding for gold Open Access publication is available to all staff by application to the centralised Open Access Publication Fund.

For further information, see BU Research Blog – or email

Sage: Open Access Funding through transformative deals


BU authors can now publish open access in 900+ SAGE subscription journals at no extra cost.

The UK Jisc Agreement, open to all UK institutions who are members of the consortium, will run between 2020 and 2022.

Corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection can now publish open access, free of charge. Eligible journals are those which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice).

Please check with Open Access if you are unsure whether your journal is included.

Authors in subscription journals do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer – SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the Open Access agreement with Jisc and to invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.

Gold open access journals: Corresponding authors publishing an article in a Sage gold open access journal are entitled to a 20% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC). This is available on 150+ pure Gold journals a list of which are available here.

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.

Further information on the agreement and gold open access journals can be found here.
If you have any further queries, please email Open Access.

Springer: Open Access Funding through transformative deals


BU’s Springer Compact agreement allows all BU corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in Springer subscription ('hybrid') journals that offer CC BY. Check Springer's hybrid journal list list to see whether your journal is included, but note that Nature, BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals are not included,  

The following article types are covered: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education. 

We do encourage all  BU authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

After acceptance, Springer will send you a link to their MyPublication form, where you should give your BU e-mail address and affiliation and agree to the open access terms (including CC BY). 

How this affects you

Wiley: Open Access Funding through transformative deals


BU authors can now publish Open Access in more than 2,000 Wiley journals at no extra cost.

Jisc and Wiley, a global leader in research and education, have struck a four-year “read and publish” agreement that offers researchers at UK universities open access (OA) publishing in all Wiley journals at no cost to them.

As part of the new agreement, the proportion of OA articles published by UK researchers will increase from 27% to an estimated 85% in year one, with the potential to reach 100% by 2022. The agreement will also enable institutions and their users to access all of Wiley’s journals.

This ground-breaking agreement will enable institutions to control the costs of access and OA publishing. It will also support a simplified process for authors and their institutions, enabling compliance with funder mandates and Plan S.

The agreement began in March 2020, and all participating Jisc member institutions and affiliated researchers are eligible.

Due to high volume of articles which far exceeded original predictions modelled by JISC and Wiley, from 12 October 2020 this agreement will be suspended until 2021.

If you have further queries regarding this, please do get in touch with