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Find funding for open access

Funding may be available to cover open access fees if you are:

Other funders may allow you to claim the cost of article processing charges (APCs). Check funder websites for information.

Research Council open access funding

If you are funded by a Research Council you may be able to apply for funding to cover your article processing charge.

Contact us before you submit your article for publication. We can help you understand your options and advise you on funder compliance and what funds are available for publication.

Authors should comply with their funders' requirements using the green open access route wherever possible. When you deposit your author accepted manuscript in Symplectic make sure you complete the “Link to funding” step to make it clear that you are Research Council funded.

If you are sure that you cannot use the green open access route, then you may apply for funding to cover your article processing charge for gold open access, whether published in a hybrid or a fully open access journal. You can find fully open access journals with the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Make an application for open access funding.

We will send you a purchase order number that you can give to the publisher. The publisher will then raise an invoice.

It is your responsibility to make sure any funder requirements are met.

COAF open access funding

The Charity Open Access fund ended on 30 September 2020. All charity partners are committed to open access and will continue to fund open access costs for the researchers they support. The University will receive block grants from the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and the Wellcome Trust to cover open access fees for eligible articles accepted from 1 October 2020. Please use the existing application form to apply for open access funding.

Make an application for open access funding.

If your application is successful, we will send you a purchase order number that you can give to the publisher. The publisher will then raise an invoice.

If you are not successful we will inform you. We will give you information about how to make your output open access through the institutional repository.

It is your responsibility to make sure any funder requirements are met.

If you are funded by Blood Cancer UK, Parkinson’s UK or Versus Arthritis, these funders are changing their mechanisms for funding open access costs.

Blood Cancer UK: Funds for open access will be paid as part of grant funds or on a case by case basis subject to approval. Please contact research@bloodcancer.org.uk for more information.

Parkinson’s UK: Funds for open access will be provided as additional allowable costs through grant applications and directly from Parkinson’s UK. Please contact researchapplications@parkinsons.org.uk for more information.

Versus Arthritis: From 1 October 2020, authors requiring support to publish articles resulting from work funded by Versus Arthritis should apply directly via Grant Tracker. Please contact research@versusarthritis.org for more information.

Institutional agreements

The Library subscribes to a number of institutional memberships that reduce the cost of open access publication for all academic staff and PhD researchers.

When you submit to these publishers, please use your Leeds email address and state your University affiliation so that the discount may be applied.

The Library has institutional memberships with the following publishers:

  • SAGE Open Access Agreement: no open access charges for Leeds corresponding authors when publishing in many Sage journals
  • Springer Compact: no open access charges for Leeds corresponding authors when publishing in many Springer journals
  • Wiley Open Access Agreement: no open access charges for Leeds corresponding authors when publishing in many Wiley journals.

The Wiley open access agreement has an annual article limit and this has been reached for 2020. From 4th November no further articles can be made open access through the agreement. For hybrid journals this will apply to all articles accepted from this date. For open access journals this will apply to all articles submitted from this date. Authors who have their own funding to pay for open access are eligible for a 25% discount by using the promotional code: XRHWB.

Articles acknowledging funding from UKRI Research Councils*, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, or the Wellcome Trust can still apply to have APCs paid from the block grants the University receives from these funders by completing the open access fund application form. 

*For articles funded by UKRI, APCs will only be paid if compliance via the green open access route is not an option.

If this will affect your ability to comply with your funder’s open access requirements please contact the Research Support Team. 

The annual limit will reset for hybrid journal articles accepted from 1 January 2021, and for articles submitted to open access journals from this date.

Regardless of funding, all outputs should be recorded in Symplectic.

Funded by Horizon 2020

Publications arising from Horizon 2020 projects should be made open access by either the gold or green route.

Where applicable APCs can be reimbursed during the duration of the project.

Find out more about Horizon 2020 open access funding.

Funded by NIHR

If you are funded by NIHR, open access costs should be included in the grant application. In exceptional circumstances, the funder may pay APCs at the point of publication if the grant has been spent.

Find out more about NIHR funding.