Prepayment Schemes

Current Prepayment Options, Offsetting Schemes and Open Access Memberships

Lancaster University has set up deposit accounts with some publishers, allowing prepayment of Article Processing Charges for UKRI research. These prepayment schemes are advantageous as they make gold OA payments easier and quicker to process and therefore enable your paper to be uploaded sooner. They also offer a small discount on each Article Processing Charge.

Lancaster University Library has deposited some of its UKRI funding into these prepayment schemes:


  • ACS

    An Open Access benefit program has been set up for 2020.  

    This means that 5 tokens are available to make UKRI funded articles open access (this is equivalent to 5 articles).  The tokens can be used for articles accepted in 2020, but please do contact with details of your paper beforehand.  

  • BioMed Central/Springer Open

    Lancaster University has set up a Prepay Membership with BioMed Central for BMC and Springer Open journals. This allows a discount of 5% on Open Access Article Processing Charges for UKRI funded research. Please note that before using this prepayment option you must contact first and receive approval before proceeding.

     The Open Access team will supply a discount code once your funding application has been approved.  Please note that Springer Open Choice journals are considered separately.

  • The Company of Biologists

    Lancaster University Library has signed up to a transitional open access agreement with The Company of Biologists.

    The 'Read and Publish' deal permits researchers unlimited access to all three subscription journals from The Company of Biologists: Journal of Cell Science; Journal of Experimental Biology and Development, including the full archie dating back as far as 1853.  

    It also allows the accepted articles of corresponding authors to be published open access by default and without limit in these three hybrid journals - this is available to all Lancaster's researchers, whether funded or not. 


  • De Gruyter Membership Account

    Information for Authors from the UK.  Lancaster University's membership allows 20% discount on APCs and has prepaid 8 APCs, for papers accepted during 2020, enabling Lancaster authors to publish in hybrid journals without charge. This is for both UKRI funded and non-funded papers.

    There is further information about De Gruyter’s Open Access options.

  • Frontiers

    Lancaster University has entered an institutional agreement with Frontiers, allowing discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs).  Under the terms of the agreement eligible authors from Lancaster University may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost to the author*.  Eligible authors include:

    • UK Research and Innovation (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC) funded papers

    To submit your article under this institutional agreement, please select ‘University of Lancaster’ as institutional payer in the invoice section when submitting your article. Frontiers will then verify your eligibility with the University of Lancaster Library’s Open Access team, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the Library upon acceptance.

    *Please contact Lancaster University’s Open Access Team before selecting Lancaster University as institutional payer to check that funding is available.

  • IWA Publishing

    Lancaster University Library has signed up to a 'Read and Publish' agreement with IWA Publishing. 

    If you are a Lancaster University researcher you receive full online access to IWA's journal content.  There is also free Open Access publication for affiliated researchers, whether funded or not, although you must be a corresponding author.  Articles will be published with a CC BY licence.  

    To qualify for the waiver during the submission process, please ensure that you are listed on your article as the corresponding author and that you include your full institutional affiliation and associated email address.  Please read IWA's institutional waivers guidance to ensure the waiver is applied. 

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

    Lancaster University has a Read & Publish agreement with the RSC allowing free open access publication in its hybrid journals.  This is for both UKRI funded and non-funded papers.  Please see details on how to publish open access.

  • Royal Society Membership

    Lancaster University has an Open Access Membership with the Royal Society. This grants members a 25% discount on standard Article Processing Charges in the following journals:

    • Open Biology (an Open Access journal)
    • Biology Letters 
    • Interface Focus 
    • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
    • Notes and Records of the Royal Society 
    • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 
    • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 
    • Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 
    • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 
    • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society

    Please remember to identify yourself as part of a member institution in order to receive the 25% discount on your open access article processing charge. This discount is applicable to Lancaster authors whose research is funded or unfunded.

    See further details on the Royal Society’s Members page.

  • SAGE Choice and SAGE Open

    All submissions from Lancaster University, whether UKRI funded or not, are eligible for discounted Article Processing Charges of £200 (from SAGE Choice Scheme and SAGE Premier title list).  Authors must quote the code JISC2019 on the SAGE Choice publishing agreement (in the University/Institution Account Code field) you are sent on acceptance of your article.  Authors should then return the SAGE Choice Invoice Template to the relevant email address at SAGE as instructed on the form.  The discount cannot be applied retrospectively and only applies to hybrid journals (not fully open access).

    To use the prepayment fund (for UKRI-funded research) authors will need to supply Lancaster University's institutional payment code. Please note that before using this prepayment option you must contact first and receive approval before proceeding.

    When your application for funding has been processed and approved then you should receive details of this code. Please email with queries, or for queries relating to SAGE Choice please email

  • Springer Open Choice

    Lancaster University is participating in an open access agreement with Springer where Article Processing Charges for Lancaster corresponding authors are covered for Open Choice journals: these open access titles are listed on Springer Nature's website.  This is for both UKRI funded and non-funded papers.  (Please note, this scheme covers charges for journals listed as Hybrid (Open Choice) only, not those that are Fully Open Access).

  • Taylor and Francis

    Lancaster University has set up a prepayment scheme with Taylor and Francis. It gives authors a 75% discount on Article Processing Charges. Please note that before using this prepayment option you must contact first and receive approval before proceeding.

    The author will be given different options and instructions upon submission. If your research is funded by UKRI then choose the Open Select publication route (Gold Open Access). Lancaster will appear on the list of participants in the prepayment scheme and you will be asked to contact (with your full name, article and journal title and details of any funding).

    Taylor and Francis have provided information on their Author Services site including a detailed list of Open Access license options, embargo periods and APCs by journal.

  • Wiley

    Lancaster University has a Wiley Open Access Account and pays centrally for your open access publication charges if your paper is UKRI funded (i.e. funded by one of these Research Councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC).

    This means that as a researcher from Lancaster University you can publish research articles in a hybrid or fully open access journal published by Wiley without directly paying any open access publication charges. Wiley currently offers the following open access options to authors:

    As an author simply select Lancaster University on the publication order form when submitting to a Wiley Open Access journal or opting for OnlineOpen.

    When accepted for publication you will be taken to Author Services to log in:

    • Author selects funder/funders from drop-down list and clicks “Add New” to add funders
    • OnlineOpen Selection: Author selects “Yes. I would like to order OnlineOpen” and clicks “Next”
    • License Agreement Signing. Since the author selected UKRI and OnlineOpen there is only one licence based on the choices author made during the workflow - the CCBY licence - and the system navigates to the licence agreement signing page. Author is displayed with an Open Access Agreement CCBY licence agreement with merged fields for electronic signing.