Open Access - Publishers' Membership Programs & Information for Authors Monday, 18 May 2015

Many subscription publishers now offer some titles which are Gold1 open access and some/many which are Hybrid2 open access. 

Most permit the deposit of some version of their authors' work into open access repositories.  See SHERPA/RoMEO Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving for specifics.

Many are introducing "open access membership" programs which allow interested institutions to operate a deposit account from which institutional APCs3 are deducted, or offer discounted APCs to those institutions' authors.

Many are providing information to authors on how to comply with mandates4 from institutions, funding agencies and/or government.  (See the AOASG's comparison of ARC & NHMRC policies.  See also FACT (Funders' & Authors' Compliance Tool) - a tool to help Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome trust funded researchers check if the journal in which they wish to publish complies with their funder's requirements for open access to research.)

The following (selected) publishers, all of which offer Hybrid open access options, have implemented open access membership programs and/or are providing advice to authors on complying with mandates:

ACS | BMJ | Brill | Cambridge UP | Elsevier | Emerald | IEEE | NPG | OUPPalgrave MacMillan | Royal Society | RSC | Springer | Taylor & Francis | Wiley-Blackwell


Open access information for authors includes information about Open Access Institutional Memberships.

Information for BMJ authors.

Copyright, open access, and permission to reuse.

IEEE (Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

IEEE Open Access Publishing Options

IEEE Open Access (about IEEE's Open Access publishing policy and offer for UK academic institutions © Content Online Ltd.)

IEEE Webinar on Open Access held May 2013.

Nature Publishing Group

Open access funding.  Sources of APC funding are listed according to funding body and institution, and links to each organisation's open access funding pages have been included where available.

Royal Society

Taylor & Francis




Royal Society of Chemistry

  • RSC information for authors
    • "Can I publish with the RSC without paying an author charge? Yes. It is envisaged that for the foreseeable future most authors will wish to publish via the normal 'free' route."
    • "Is there a discount for authors from subscribing organisations? If your organisation has a current subscription to RSC Gold, Package A or the Core Chemistry Collection, you are entitled to receive a 15% discount on the relevant RSC Open Science fee."
  • Author deposition ("apply only to authors signing one of the non-Open Access Licence to Publish.")
  • Funding Agency Open Access Author Deposition ("apply only to authors signing one of the Funding Agency Open Access Licence to Publish. Payment of a requisite fee is required.")
  • SHERPA/RoMEO entry for RSC

American Chemical Society


  • Allows Author's accepted version, entire book, Intranet access only. Chapter in Edited work, they allow Author's accepted version, not final published, no embargo, in IR.

Cambridge UP

  • Allows Submitted version of authored work, in entirety, no embargo. If Accepted version, then single chapter only, 6 month embargo. For Chapter in Edited work, Submitted version, in entirety, no embargo. If Accepted version, single chapter, 6 month embargo


  • For entire book, Author rights not defined. If Chapter in Edited work then Author's accepted version, no embargo.


  • If authored work, then One chapter or 10%, whichever greater, may be used. Published version allowable with 12 months embargo for STM, 24 months for HASS. Same conditions for single chapter from edited work.

Palgrave MacMillan

  • If authored work, then One chapter. Author's accepted version, not final published. 36 month embargo. . If Chapter in Edited work then Author's accepted version, not final published. 36 month embargo


1. Gold open access - publication in Gold OA journals may require the payment of an APC, but all content from these journals is made open access immediately on publication.

2.  Hybrid open access - publication in journals offering a hybrid option only requires the payment of an APC if the author chooses to pay one in order that their article be made open access immediately on publication.

3. APCs - article processing charges - compulsory for some Gold OA journals, voluntary for Hybrid OA journals.

4. Mandates - governments, funders of research, or institutions, may require that the research outputs (publications) of their authors / researchers / employees be made open access (openly accessible to the public) within a given period from the time of publication of those research outputs.