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Durham University

Open Research

Paying for Gold

Publishing open access does not have to mean that any additional payment is made to the publisher, either by the author or the author’s institution.

Many journals will permit the author to self-archive their articles in a repository, such as Durham Research Online (DRO). These are then made freely available from the repository, often after an embargo period has expired.

However, you may choose to publish via the gold route to open access. This may be because this is your preferred route to open access, or it is the preference of your funder, or you may feel that the most suitable journal for your article is a fully open access journal (such as PLoS ONE or Scientific Reports).

Publishing in gold open access often incurs additional costs in the form of an Article Processing Charge (APC).

Click below to find out more about:

The University receives a grant from UKRI to pay open access costs for papers acknowledging funding from AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC or STFC. This grant is administered centrally by the Library for peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings by Durham University-affiliated corresponding authors and/or PIs of eligible grants.

The "RCUK Open Access Policy" and FAQs can be accessed directly via the UKRI webpages.

Requests for funding should be made to the Open Access team either via the Staff Profile System or via email and must be made prior to requesting Gold open access from a publisher. For full details please see the Request Funding webpages.

A funder may consider open access charges an allowable cost for their grant. Please ensure that you refer to the conditions of the grant or contact the funder directly for information.

The average cost of an APC paid for by the Library in 2018-19 was approximately £2300 (including VAT); however, this fee can vary dramatically across publishers and journal titles (the range over this period was from £200 to £5016.40 for an individual APC). The Open Access team can provide a more detailed breakdown of potential costs, if required.

Durham University has a preference for the green route to open access and as a result does not provide any central funds to cover the costs of gold open access.

Some fully open access journals operate waiver schemes for their fees. You should investigate these prior to submission and contact the Library Open Access team if you would like any further guidance.

The University invests in a number of deals with publishers which will save Durham-affiliated corresponding authors up to 100% on the cost of an Article Processing Charge (APC). To find out more about these please go to our Publisher Deals page.


Paid OA option

Green OA option (e.g. via DRO)

Amsterdam University Press

From €6,950

(Also can be nominated for Knowledge Unlatched – no OA cost for author)

Whole book
No embargo.


€8,500 / €18,500 + VAT depending upon licence
(max 350 pages)
- additional charges for larger publications.

Chapters (max. 35 pages) €990 / €2,590

Part of book/monograph
Permission must be requested

Cambridge University Press

£9,500 + VAT (max 120,000 words)
- additional charges for larger publications.

Single book chapter
Accepted manuscript/publisher version, 6 month embargo

De Gruyter

Tailored fee for each monograph / book (minimum €7,000)


Edinburgh University Press

£8,000 for book (+ VAT)

£2000 for chapter (+ VAT)

Whole monograph

PDF proof on institutional repository. 36 month embargo.

Edward Elgar Publishing

£6,500 (subsidised fee) £9,000 - £12,500 + VAT (standard fee)

Single book chapter
Submitted manuscript, 6 month embargo

Liverpool University Press

Tailored fee for each monograph / book – rough guide £7,500 for 100,000 words

Chapters are also available – fee is worked out as a proportion of the cost for the book.

Whole monograph

Original manuscript, 24 month embargo to non-commercial, non-profit platform (e.g. DRO)

Manchester University Press

£9,850 + VAT (max 120,000 words, inc up to 20 images)
- additional charges for larger publications.

Single book chapter
Accepted manuscript, 18 month embargo

Oxford University Press

Tailored fee for each monograph / book

Single book chapter or up to 10%
Version of Record, 12 month embargo for Science and Medical titles and 24 months for Academic, Trade and Reference titles

Open Book Publishers

No requirement for authors to pay.

(funded through print sales and Library Consortium Membership)

N/A - Open Access Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

£11,000 + VAT

Author’s own chapter or up to 10%
Accepted Manuscript, 24 month embargo


$5,000 + VAT (up to 100,000 words)
$7,500 + VAT (over 100,000 words)

No set policy (except for handbooks/reference books): Contact for permission.

Springer Open

Tailored fee for each monograph / book

N/A – Open Access Publisher

Taylor & Francis / Routledge

Books from £10,000 + VAT

Chapters from £1250 + tax

Single book chapter or up to 10%

Accepted Manuscript, 18 month embargo for Humanities and Social Sciences (12 months for STEM).

Ubiquity Press

(up to 30,000/100,000/150,000 words)

Core service: £3450/£4450/£5525

Core service + English Language Copy-editing:


Core service + English Language Copy-editing + Indexing:


N/A – Open Access Publisher

UCL Press

(for non-UCL authors)

£5,000 + VAT (up to 100,000 words)

£6,000 + VAT (100,000-150,000)
£7,000 + VAT (150,000-200,000)

+£1,000 for colour printing

Waiver scheme open to non-UCL authors

N/A – Open Access Publisher

White Rose University Press

From c.£6,000 + VAT (80,000 words)

N/A – Open Access Publisher