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Open Access

A guide to open access at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Open Access Publishing Agreements

The Library, through its subscriptions and agreements with various publishers, provides options for Manchester Metropolitan researchers to publish their work open access with various publishers. In addition to this we also have several agreements which provide our authors with discounts on Open Access publishing charges (APCs).

To take advantage of these, many publishers require our researcher to be the corresponding author for the article, so please bear this is mind when submitting.

Types of Agreement

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing launched in September 2018. It was proposed by cOALition S, a group of national research funding organisations including UKRI and Wellcome with the aim of making full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality.  

In order to implement Plan S, from January 2021 publications resulting from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. One route to compliance is via a Transformative Agreement whereby payment to publishers shifts from paying subscriptions to access journal content towards Open Access publishing. Over time, depending on the specific agreement, subscription costs will diminish so that they disappear altogether, leaving only the payment for publication.  

Two of the main Transformative Agreements are ‘Read and Publish’, and ‘Publish and Read’. 

Read and publish agreement: the publisher receives payment for reading and payment for publishing bundled into a single contract. 

Publish and read agreement: the publisher receives payment only for publishing and reading is included for no additional cost 

Current Transformative Agreements

All costs are covered:

American Physiological Society (ends December 2022) 

Read, Publish & Join Agreement. Allows unlimited OA publishing in the Society’s twelve hybrid journals, along with a 1-year membership to APS for corresponding authors at participating institutions (new members only). 

Company of Biologists (ends December 2021) 

Allows for immediate open access publishing in the Society’s three hybrid journals: 

  • Development 
  • Journal of Cell Science 
  • The Journal of Experimental Biology  

IGI Global 

A limited number of researchers will be able to have their APCs waived (first come, first served) due to our investment in InfoSci-Books in 2019. This will require the approval of the Faculty Head of RKE.  

Microbiology Society (ends December 2021) 

Unlimited access to all paywalled articles and immediate open access publishing for all corresponding authors affiliated with Manchester Met. Includes publishing in their fully OA titles:  

  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology  
  • Journal of General Virology
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology 
  • Microbiology 
  • Microbial Genomics (OA) 
  • Access Microbiology (OA) 

PLOS (ends December 2023)  

OA publishing costs fully covered for the following PLOS journals only (other PLOS titles still require an APC): 

  • PLOS Computational Biology 
  • PLOS Pathogens 
  • PLOS Genetics 
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 

Royal Society of Chemistry (ends December 2021) 

Immediate gold OA publishing in all RSC hybrid journals. This does not cover fully OA journals (RSC Advances, Chemical Science and Nanoscale Advances), instead we get a 15% discount on the APCs for these journals. 

Sage (ends December 2022) 

Unlimited OA publishing in Sage’s hybrid journals. This does not cover fully OA journals where instead we get a 20% discount on the APCs. 

Springer (ends December 2021) 

The OA publishing cost is covered for over 1850 hybrid journals and the full list of titles included is here: (the Hybrid journal list).  

Taylor and Francis

Covers 100% of APC costs for Taylor & Francis Open Select journals.

Wiley (ends December 2023) 

This deal covers the cost of OA publishing from a national APC fund to which all subscribers contribute and can utilise.  From July 1st 2021 access to the fund is restricted to articles funded by UKRI, Wellcome, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis only; all other articles will incur an APC.

APC Discounts

The Library has agreements with the following publishers to provide discounts on APCs. Please follow the links for further information where these are given; otherwise contact the Library's APC team at 


15% discount on APCs. 

Cambridge University Press

De Gruyter (ends December 2021) 

20% discount on APCs.  

Frontiers (ends December 2022) 

10% discount on APCs. 


20% discount on APCs. 

MDPI (ends December 2022) 

10% discount on APCs. Only available to authors who don’t have a discount from another source (reviewer vouchers, society membership etc.)