Free or discounted publisher Open Access schemes

The Library has negotiated free or heavily discounted Open Access arrangements with several leading publishers.

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Even if your paper is not eligible for support from the University's Open Access Fund, you may still be able to publish Open Access for free, or at a substantial discount, with one of the publishers below. Please get in touch with the Library for more details.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society Open Access Membership programmes actively encourage open access in scholarly communication. We are part of the standard membership model and get 25% discount on the article processing charge for publishing in any of their journals.


University of Leicester papers are eligible for discounted APCs (at £200) for titles within Sage Choice .

You must indicate that you are entitled to the discount by entering the code NESLi2017 in the ‘University/Institutional Account Code’ field in the Sage Choice invoice template. You should then return the SAGE Choice invoice template to the relevant email address at SAGE as instructed on the form. An invoice for the discounted rate of £200 will then be raised. [Updated September 2018]


SCOAP3 is a partnership between libraries, funding agencies and research centres in 44 countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors.


Leicester has a Springer Contract that allows you to publish your article Open Access for free in any one of Springer's 1,600 qualifying journals.

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis have made a limited number of vouchers available on a first-come first-served basis for Leicester authors offering a 75% discount on Open Access fees, reducing the cost to £450.

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