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Open Access: Gold OA

Gold @ Hull

The University of Hull OA policy requests that all eligible outputs, whether green or gold, are added to Worktribe.
Gold OA is likely to incur an Article Processing Charge (APC). It is estimated that the average APC is £1,750 per article. The University receives a block grant from UKRI, for UKRI fund holders to publish open access journal articles. The Library is also supporting small OA pilots with Peer J and Sage and has offset deals for publication with Springer and Taylor & Francis.  Currently there are no other central funds available for these purposes at the University.
Further details on regarding UKRI funding can be found on the UKRI page of this site, to apply complete the form available on Sharepoint.  See below for details of the Peer J and Sage pilots. 
If you have co-authors at other institutions, they may have access to funds for publishing.

What is Gold OA?

Gold OA is where an article/book is published through an intermediary (such as a publisher, Learned Society, University etc.) and made available to the reader free of charge.  The publishing costs are covered by the intermediary or by the author, who pays an article or author processing charge (APC). APCs can range from £50 - £3000 depending on discipline and journal/publisher.
Hybrid OA is a version of Gold OA, where an APC is charged for the publication of an article to make it freely available in a journal which normally charges a subscription.

LLI OA Pilot

As part of a University Library OA pilot £2500 has been deposited with each of the following Open Access (OA) publishers:

PeerJ, an Open Access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal which publishes Research Articles in the Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Health Sciences

SAGE,  the SAGE Choice publishing programme enables you to publish your article Open Access in any SAGE journal

These funds are to support open access publishing by researchers at the University of Hull.  They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The University Library will enage with authors who publish using these funds in order to survey their experiences.

To publish in PeerJ, submit an application in the usual way.

To publish in SAGE, please email and you will be issued with a payment code.

Publisher offset deals

The University of Hull has agreements with publishers to offset the payment of APCs. If you are looking to publish with the publishers below, you may be able to take advantage of these agreements to make your article gold open access. Follow the links to find more information.

Further reading

Choosing a publisher can be tricky, especially if the journal is one you've not heard of before. Information on how to spot a 'predatory' publisher can be found in this article by Miggie Pickton of the University of Northampton.

Sources of Funding to Support Gold Open Access

To help researchers, PLOS has collated a partial list of institutions and funders from around the world who have Open Access funds or policies to allow researchers to expense publication fees directly from their grant.

Gold OA services

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ),
– E.g., Public Library of Science (PLoS),
– E.g.,  Open Book Publishers,

Choosing where to publish: avoiding predatory publishers

Beware of predatory publishers who "lie about their business practices for the purpose of attracting paying authors".  

  • University of Utah Associate Dean Rick Anderson reviews Cabell's Blacklist,  a directory of questionable journals  (Scholarly Kitchen, May 2019).
  • Hull Professor of Nursing Roger Watson has recorded a podcast (2016) on "steps you can take to protect yourself" from predatory publishers.



Here are some example OA pages from publishers:

Oxford University Press -

University of Central London -

Palgrave -

Elsevier -

These are not recommendations, other publishers are available.

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