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Open access: Funding for open access: APC vouchers, discounts & APC pool

This guide is about Open Access publishing for researchers at Åbo Akademi University

APC credits, vouchers, discounts for ÅAU researchers

All ÅAU affiliated researchers publishing with the following publishers are entitled to either publish open access for free or at a discount on the APCs (Article Processing Charges, also called open access fees, author fees).

> Click on the publisher name for instructions on how to receive the discount.

ACS (American Chemical Society) - full open access and hybrid, publish for free (vouchers). Once the vouchers have run out, there is an 25% discount available within the ACS Author's Choice program. (To get the discount, affiliated authors are required to inform ACS that ÅAU is an "all ACS Publications" subscribing institution. Prices here.(Note 1.3.2021: Deal in force for 2021-2023, the vouchers may run out towards the end of 2023.)

Elsevier - Hybrid for free (limited number of credits annually for articles accepted 1.1.2021-31.12.2023) in not all, but more than 1600 journals.
​(NB! Elsevier has introduced so-called mirror journals, which are open access and go by the same names as highly ranked journals with the addition 'X'. Although the editors are the same, these are separate journals (separate ISSN-numbers etc) and the material in them is not published in the highly ranked original. At this point (March 2019) we recommend considering the option of publishing in the original publication in combination with parallel publishing of the accepted manuscript.)

Emerald - hybrid, for free (limited number of vouchers 2021, whereas in 2022 and 2023 there should be enough for all. The deal is on from Feb. 11, 2021.)
NOTE 5.10.2021: According to FinELib the vouchers are now all used. New vouchers in year 2022!

IEEE  - Full open access and hybrid, for free. (1.1.2021-31.12.2023)

MDPI - Full open access, discount 10% (pick Åbo Akademi University in the drop-down menu under "Selected institutions and societies have individual agreements..."). Note that this institutional membership discount can't be combined with other discounts and vouchers. You can choose which you prefer to use for each submission.

OUP (Oxford University Press) - Hybrid, for free. (For articles accepted 1.1.2021-31.12.2023.) 

RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) - hybrid, for free

Sage - hybrid for free, full open access discount 20%.

Springer Nature (=Springer) - hybrid for free. (For hybrid journals in the Springer Compact collection, articles accepted 1.1.2021-31.12.2023.)

Taylor & Francis - hybrid, for free. Limited number of vouchers annually. (For articles accepted 3.6.2020-31.12.2022 in journals with an Open Select-offer.)
NOTE 25.10.2021: According to FinELib we have run out of vouchers for year 2021, so it is not free of charge to publish OA during the rest of year 2021. New vouchers will be available for year 2022!

Wiley - full open access and hybrid, for free (articles accepted 17.2.2020-31.12.2022). ( Wiley's own instruction webpage for the discount.) Limited quota.
NOTE 22.9.2021: There are no more vouchers for year 2021, so it is not free of charge to publish OA during the rest of year 2021! New vouchers will be available from the beginning of year 2022.

Check how the discount or voucher is obtained before you submit your manuscript. (Links to the conditions and guidelines are found in the list above.) The procedure varies between publishers, but as a rule, the corresponding author must use his or her e-mail address as proof of affiliation with a university having a discount deal.

Most of these discounts exist thanks to so-called read-and-publish deals, which allow researchers at a university with journal subscriptions with these publishers to publish open access (both full open access and hybrid) at a lower price or for free in many of the journals in the publisher's portfolio. FinElib is the libraries' national negotiation organ for these deals.

APC pool for open access costs at ÅAU 2020-2022

The APC pool is now open for applications! 


PLEASE NOTE! Before you send in an application to the pool, check that you're not already entitled to free OA publishing through agreements here in the left column.

The APC pool for open access costs at ÅAU

Do you have a paper which is almost done, which could be published in a gold open access journal but lack funding to cover the fee? ÅAU has a pool for open access costs 2020-2022.

The aim of the pool is to provide ÅAU-affiliated researchers with an equal opportunity to publish open access and to stimulate gold/full open access publishing, for peer-reviewed work - articles as well as books and book chapters.


The researchers at ÅAU need to transition to publishing more open access, but often gold open access is associated with an APC (article processing charge) and many affiliated researchers don't have access to funding for these fees, which publishers charge instead of subscription fees or pay-per-view fees. That's why an "APC pool" has been introduced.


Application is filed in a (short) online form by the corresponding author when the publication is almost ready for submission (to keep the reservation time until publication decisions as short as possible). The publications are evaluated on the set of conditions for funding by the open science team at ÅAUL (and the process is overseen by the vice-rectors). Applicants will receive the decision within five working days for APCs. (For other kinds of costs for open access it may take a little longer.)

The pool is in function 2020-2022.

The function of the pool should match publication practices and it will be adjusted based on feedback.


The principles for funding
Who can apply?

Researchers mainly affiliated with ÅAU, whose publications are reported to the Ministry of Education (for ÅAU), and who act as corresponding/submitting authors, more precisely

  1. Researchers employed by ÅAU (all career levels)
  2. Researchers with affiliation agreements for non-employed personnel (all career levels, could be grant-holders with "UFO-agreements").
  3. Emeriti

Please note! Researchers with external research funding (such as Academy of Finland projects, Horizon 2020)  are expected to use their project budget for open-access costs first. Researchers whose only affiliation is docent do not report publications to the Ministry of Education and Culture and therefore cannot be awarded funding. One article per corresponding author can be funded each year (which does not exclude co-authorship in other funded articles). Exceptions to this rule are possible at the end of the year if there is still funding left. 

Funding can be granted to cover open access fees for publications which fulfill the main part of the following conditions:

  1. Full-open-access publications (=journals in which all articles are made open access and which do not charges subscription fees). Also book chapters and books are eligible for funding for "BPCs" (when parallel publishing is not a reasonable alternative).
  2. The journal or publication should be indexed in or Scopus or available for evaluation in other ways to be judged serious.
    1. Peer review. The publication venue should have a serious peer review system and the publication for which the APC funding is applied should undergo such evaluation. 
    2. The publisher/journal has clear principles of publication ethics.
      (Corresponding to for instance the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Associations' (OASPA) "Code of Conduct" )
  3. The publication venue should have JuFo classification 1-3.
  4. The article/chapter must be published with an open license (preferrably CC-BY 4.0, and if not available CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-NC-ND are also acceptable).
  5. Possible vouchers/discounts available for ÅAU-affillated scholars must be used.


Hybrid open access publishing is not prioritized. This means open access as extra service at a fee in a subscription-based journal,  in which only part of the content is openly available. Paying the APC is not necessary for publishing - and in these cases, green open access=parallel publishing in AboCRIS (or other open repository) is the recommended open access option. You are still welcome to apply and as a response, you will get information on the parallel publishing options. -- Why? The hybrid model is expensive since the journals charge the universities both subscription fees/licenses and APCs - so called "double dipping". Hybrid open access is possible through the ÅAU read-and-publish deals (see links above to vouchers/discounts). 

NB! Funding for full open access publishing needs to be secured before submission. The pool doesn't fund already submitted papers since authors are expected to have other financial backing in place before placing orders.


How to apply

Application is submitted on this online form and response should be received within five working days.

Questions? / Yrsa Neuman 02-215 4193


Please note!

APC discounts or vouchers for ÅAU affiliated researchers are available too!