Publishing your scholarly articles in academic journals under a Gold Open Access (OA) licence would typically require you to pay the publisher an up-front charge – known as an Article Processing Charge (APC) – in order to get your article published. In the Gold OA model, the publisher makes all articles and related content available for free immediately on the journal’s website. In such publications, articles are licensed for sharing and reuse via creative commons licenses or similar.

The University has recently renewed some Gold OA deals with key journal publishers for 2021 onwards, as well as adding some new ones to the list in order to provide University of Portsmouth staff with charge waivers or discounts on APCs for a large selection of journals.

In addition to the existing APC deals with IOP Publishing, Sage Publishing, Springer, Taylor & Francis and Wiley, we now have APC discounts and/or waivers available through The Geological Society, The Company of Biologists, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. Please see our Current APC Deals for the complete list of these deals, and their terms and conditions.

Please be aware that if you wish to use a deal that doesn’t involve a complete charge waiver, you will still need to cover the remaining costs of the APC.  These costs could be covered by your Faculty or another funding source, although you are able to apply for APC costs to be paid centrally via the Library.

Further information about Gold OA and the APC funding application process is available on the Library’s Researcher Support page.  If you have any questions about either the University’s APC deals or the Library’s APC application process, then please contact the Open Access team at

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