Make your research publications open access

Read and Publish deals and other Open Access agreements with publishers

The University has signed up to Read and Publish deals which enable Heriot-Watt University affiliated authors to publish their papers as open access, without paying an open access fee (APC) directly to the publisher.  These deals are linked to the journal subscription deals the University has with different publishers.  We also have individual membership or prepayment deals with certain publishers. Please see below for each deal, and the conditions.

If you wish to publish in a journal not included in the deals below, you can apply for funding to cover the APC if your paper acknowledges UKRI funding. Please note from April 2022, UKRI Funds are only available for papers that are Gold Open Access (listed in the DOAJ) or are transformative journals. Please see the new UKRI Open Access Policy for more information. If you have any questions, get in touch with open.access@hw.ac.uk.

Read and Publish Deals

American Chemical Society
Heriot-Watt University corresponding authors can publish open access in all ACS journals. Please select a CC-BY licence and make sure you mention Heriot-Watt and your funder in your acknowledgements.

American Institute of Physics
Heriot-Watt University corresponding authors can publish open access in hybrid journals with no additional APC charges.  Please select a CC-BY licence.
Open access journals are not covered. If you are UKRI funded, you can apply for funding from the University to pay for the APC. Make sure you mention Heriot-Watt and your funder in your acknowledgements.

Elsevier

The University has a new four year agreement with Elsevier which runs from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2024. Corresponding authors affiliated with Heriot-Watt University can open access publish in hybrid (subscription)journals at no cost to the author.  Please select a CC-BY licence. Open Access journals are not covered. If you are UKRI funded, you can apply for funding from the University to pay for the APC in Elsevier Open Access journals. A 15% discount on fees applies.
More information including lists of participating journals and instructions.

Institute of Physics

Heriot-Watt corresponding authors can publish in eligible hybrid journals.

Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.

Included in the agreement are all subscription journals, owned by IOP Publishing, which offer a hybrid open access option. In addition, the agreement also includes selected journals which are published by IOP Publishing on behalf of their society partners.

See: IOP Open Access for the UK for more information on the process.

Oxford University Press

Heriot-Watt corresponding authors can publish in Open Access  and Hybrid journals.

APCs for eligible participating fully Open Access and hybrid journals paid in full for all corresponding authors at participating Scottish institutions. Applies to original research and review articles only accepted for publication, backdated to 1 January 2021.

PLoSOne

Heriot-Watt corresponding authors can publish for free in PLOS Climate, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, PLOS Water.

See: PLOS Institutional Partnerships for more information.

Royal Society for Chemistry

Heriot-Watt corresponding authors.  Hybrid journals. See Royal Society of Chemistry for more information.

SAGE

Heriot-Watt corresponding authors. Hybrid journals, and a 20% discount on Open Access journals fees.  Please select SHEDL when selecting your SAGE consortium agreement

Springer Compact

Heriot-Watt corresponding authors, in hybrid journals. See Springer for more information

Taylor & Francis

Heriot-Watt corresponding authors, in hybrid journals. See Taylor & Francis for more information

Wiley

Corresponding authors affiliated with Heriot-Watt University may publish primary research and review articles in any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access or Wiley’s hybrid, OnlineOpen journals at no further charge to the author. More information from Wiley

Update: from the end of June 2021, only UKRI funded articles will be covered.

How to comply with UKRI Policy on Open Access

The new UKRI Open Access Policy applies to journal articles submitted from 1st April 2022

How to publish via the Gold route

First check that the journal your are submitting to is compliant with UKRI Policy.  Check using the Sherpa FACT database or contact Research Support in the Library.

If the journal offers Gold open access publishing then your paper will, when published, be made openly available immediately. The publisher may ask you to pay an open access fee (APC). 

It is worthwhile checking that the journal does not also offer the Green (self-archiving) route.  No APC is payable in this instance, and the paper is made available openly via deposition in Pure after an embargo period, and published as "normal" in the journal.

Please also upload a copy of the paper to the research output record in Pure, if your publisher allows. Normally you can upload the Author Final Version.

How to publish via the Green route

First check that the journal you are submitting to is compliant with UKRI Policy. Check using the Sherpa FACT database or contact Research Support in the Library

Green publishing means that you can publish in a subscription journal and make a copy of the work available in an open access repository - eg Pure or a subject repository such as arXiv or PubMedCentral.  Some publishers still allow this kind of Open Access publishing. IEEE is one such publisher.

No APC is payable in this instance, and the paper is made available openly via deposition in Pure after an embargo period, and published as "normal" in the journal.

What funds are available to cover Article Processing Charges (APCs)?

Authors can no longer request publication costs in their UKRI grant although they can use existing funds from current grants.

Instead, UKRI have allocated funds to research institutions in the form of a block grant.  Funding for open acces fees (APCs) are available to corresponding authors

Please contact open.access@hw.ac.uk before you submit to the journal to check if there is funding available.  In some cases we will ask that you consider the Green open access route. Please complete and send this form to open.access@hw.ac.uk

Key information

Open Access