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. We also have Publish and Read agreements with some publishers, such as Wiley and Springer, which give access to content but also allows authors to publish open access free of charge.
Lancaster University Library has used some of its UKRI block grant to fund these schemes: