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Open Access

This LibGuide introduces the basics of Open Access, including different pathways to making your work open, the benefits of OA, OA policies, OA at the University of Melbourne, and more...

Getting Started

As discussed in the What is Open Access? section of this guide, Gold Open Access involves publishing in an OA journal or subscription ‘hybrid’ journal where the publisher makes an individual article OA. It also features the application of a Creative Commons Licence and (often) the payment of a fee known as an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the publisher. Given the vast majority of subscription journals now offer a 'Gold' option, if you are submitting to one of these journals, you will likely be prompted as to whether you would like to pay an APC at the time of acceptance. University of Melbourne staff and students are able to obtain discounts on APCs with some publishers - please see the following section for details.


More information about publishing via the Gold route with some of the major publishers can be found on the following pages: Elsevier, Emerald, Springer, Taylor & Francis and Wiley.

APCs and Publisher Discounts

University of Melbourne researchers have access to a number of discounts on article processing charges (APCs):

American Chemical Society: The Library's subscription to ACS journals entitles UoM authors to discounted APCs. Individual members of the ACS are entitled to a further discount under the ACS Author Rewards program. 

The Biochemical Society: The Library's subscription to the Biochemical Society journals entitles UoM authors to discounted APCs.

BioMed Central: The Library has a BMC Supporter Membership which gives a 15% discount on the APCs of all research articles accepted for publication in journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.

F1000 Research: All authors publishing on the platform F1000 Research from UoM are entitled to a 10% discount. See the F1000 Workspace for more information.

MDPI: Authors affiliated with UoM receive a 10% discount on APCs with MDPI journals, as well as a reduction in Book Processing Charges (BPCs) and Chapter Processing Charges (CPCs) in Editions for MDPI Books.

OpenArticle (NRC Research Press): Authors affiliated with UoM are entitled to a 25% discount.

Policy Press: UoM authors can obtain a 20% discount. The UoM Policy Press customer number may be required to claim the discount. Please contact the Collections Development Team to obtain the current customer number.

The Royal Society: Staff and students from UoM can benefit from a 25% discount on APCs in any of the Royal Society journals.

Royal Society of Chemistry: The library is issued with a limited number of 'Gold for Gold' vouchers annually. Each voucher code enables UoM researchers to publish one paper in an RSC journal free of charge. Contact the Science Faculty Librarian Peta Humphreys for more details.

Science Advances: Corresponding authors from the university are entitled to an APC discount of up to 30%. There is a limit to the maximum discount allowed, and surcharges may apply under some circumstances. Further details about the scheme are available here.

SpringerOpen: SpringerOpen includes Springer’s portfolio of peer-reviewed fully open access journals and books across all areas of science.  UoM authors are entitled to a 15% discount on journal APCs and book publication fees.