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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 and fee waivers 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: Publisher fee discounts and waivers

University of Melbourne researchers have access to a number of discounts and fee waivers 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. 

Berghahn: The 'Berghahn Open Anthro' program provides an opportunity for researchers to publish open access free of charge in thirteen different anthropology-focused titles. Find out more about this exciting pilot program via the Berghahn website.

The Biochemical Society: The Library's 'read and publish' agreement with the Biochemical Society and their publisher, Portland Press, enables all UoM authors to publish open access in all of their titles at no cost. For more information about this exciting new arrangement, please visit the Portland Press website.

BioMed Central: The Library has a BMC Supporter Membership which provides 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.

Microbiology Society: The Library's subscription entitles UoM authors to fee-free open access publication in all of the society's journal titles.

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.

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.