Make my work open access

How to make research publications open access. Information on the paid (gold) and free (green) routes to open access.

There are two routes to making your research publications open access:

  • the gold route is via the journal website
  • the green route is via an institutional research repository.

Gold route - pay to publish your research

The gold option allows open access to the published paper via the journal’s own website at the time of online publication. Typically this involves a one-off charge (an article-processing charge).

Please note that there is no central fund to support article processing charges (APCs).

Before submitting a journal article or conference paper for publication, ensure funds are available, either from your grant, your faculty or the library if you are RCUK funded.

If you are a Research Council (RCUK) grant holder, or are a member of FET, you can apply for funding by completing the APC payment application form. Please submit the form to Library Research Support, for approval.

The policy for RCUK block grant applications:

The budget has been fully allocated until March 2020. Please contact for advice on how to proceed before submission.

There is a limited amount of funding available for articles resulting from RCUK funded projects. Depending on funding levels, funds may only be available for RCUK-funded publications which meet the following criteria:

1. The article is to be published in a pure Gold Open Access journal (i.e. the journal does not charge a subscription fee and is freely available online to all) and is listed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)


2. The Article Processing Charge (Open Access fee) is less than £500 (excluding VAT, and once any publisher discounts/vouchers have been applied).

If you wish to make your work fully open access, please complete the application form and email

The policy for the FET  open-access fund

An application should be made by the corresponding UWE Bristol author prior to submission of the article. Having an article accepted for publication in an open-access journal is not sufficient reason that the APC should be paid.  Authors will need to supply a copy of their article for review. Final judgment of applications will be made by the Associate Dean and Director of Research using the following criteria:

  • Is the article a high quality contribution to knowledge?
  • Is there a potential UWE Bristol impact case study to which the availability of knowledge in the article could contribute?
  • Is there a significant likelihood that timely availability of the article in open-access form could help advance towards and realise (further) impact?

Full details of the scheme are available to download: FET open access APC scheme criteria

Publisher-specific deals on gold open access

UWE Bristol authors are able to take advantage of the following deals. Please contact the Library Research team for more information.

  • American Chemical Society a limited number of articles can be made open access for free.
  • BMJ provide a discount.
  • Bristol University Press and Policy Press provide a discount.
  • Cambridge University Press (CUP) a limited number of articles can be made open access for free.
  • De Gruyter provide 20% discount on APCs. View information for authors from the UK, and on De Gruyter's Open Access pages.  
  • Open Library of the Humanities offers UWE Bristol authors free open access publishing in their hosted journals.
  • Sage provide a discount on journals in the SAGE Choice Scheme.
  • Springer journals listed on the Springer Open Choice webpage can be made open access for free.
  • Taylor and Francis provide a discount.
  • Wiley articles can be made open access for free.

The details of these APC payment deals vary from publisher to publisher. Please contact the Library Research team for more information.

Green route - use the UWE Bristol Repository

The green option allows you to publish the version of the research paper that was accepted for publication, via the UWE Bristol Research Repository, either immediately or after a specified embargo period.

Unless you have funding from RCUK, or are publishing with Springer, you are encouraged to choose the green open-access option as there is no central fund to support article-processing charges

The green route also facilitates compliance with Research England's policy for REF 2021.

See the UWE Bristol Research Repository for more information on how to deposit your research.

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