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This guide explains how to achieve Gold Open Access as an RGU researcher.
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Going "Gold"

"Gold" Open Access is where the original publisher makes the final, published version of the work immediately and openly available on their own website.


What Is "Gold" Open Access?


In many cases, going "gold" may involve payment of a fee. For journal articles, this fee is known as the "article processing charge" or APC. The costs of APCs vary by publisher - they are typically between £1,000 and £2,000, but can be much higher. An increasing number of publishers now also offer the ability to make entire monographs available through Gold Open Access. However, the cost of this can be very high.

RGU does not have any central funds to support Gold Open Access. You may therefore need to negotiate directly with your School if you wish to do this, though some research funders will also help cover the costs (see for example the Charity Open Access Fund details). However, you will normally be able to make your publications open access through the "Green" route, which does not require payment - more information about the differences between "Gold" and "Green" is available in our general guide on Open Access. If you would like more information about the Green options for your desired publisher, please contact

Terms Used By Publishers for Gold Open Access

Publishers have a variety of different terms for the ways in which they offer Gold Open Access. These terms may even differ for a single publisher, depending on whether the journal in question is fully open access (i.e. going Gold is mandatory), or hybrid open access (i.e. going Gold is optional). The following list presents the terms used by some specific publishers. If you have any queries about the Open Access options for a publisher, please contact

Publisher name Term for fully open access Term for optional open access
Elsevier Gold Open Access Gold Open Access
Emerald Gold Open Access Gold Open Access
SAGE SAGE Pure Gold SAGE Choice
Springer SpringerOpen Springer Open Choice

Taylor and Francis / Routledge

Taylor and Francis Open / Routledge Open

Taylor and Francis Open Select / Routledge Open Select

Wiley Wiley Open Access OnlineOpen

Help To Pay For APCs


RGU does not have any centralised funds to cover the costs of going Gold. However, RGU Library is party to a number of offset deals with certain publishers, which may help to reduce or even entirely negate the cost of APCs. These deals are the result of negotiations between the publishers and several consortia, including the Scottish Higher Education Digital Libraries (SHEDL) and Jisc. Existing deals are listed in the tabs below.

If you would like to learn more about how you can take advantage of these deals, please contact the team at



Karger have agreed to provide a 30% discount on all APCs. This deal is eligible from 1st January 2017 until 31st December 2019.

This deal only applies to Karger's fully open access journals, not hybrid titles. A list of the Karger journals in which this deal can be used are available from Karger's website.


SAGE have agreed to cap all APCs for articles in "SAGE Choice" journals at £200. Further details of the SAGE journals in which this deal can be used are available from SAGE's website. Additionally, SAGE have agreed to a 20% discount on all APCs for articles in fully Gold OA journals. A list of SAGE's fully Gold OA journals is available from SAGE's website. This deal is valid for all articles submitted for publication between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2021.

In order to use the deal, you must be corresponding author:

  • You will be alerted by the publisher if a "SAGE Choice" option is available for the journal when they contact you to accept your submission for publication. Another alert should appear along with the Contributor's Agreement Form.
  • You should then send an e-mail to the address specified by the publisher, in which you must specifically request "SAGE Choice".
  • On requesting "SAGE Choice", you will be sent an Open Access Contributor Form. You should then contact the library's publications team ( for details of the code that you should use on the form, in order to receive the discount.


The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) have negotiated deals with some specific journals from several publishers, in which all high energy physics articles can be published Gold Open Access without payment. This deal is in place until 31st December 2019.

The following is a list of the journals that fall under this deal:


Springer have agreed to offer no cost for Gold Open Access in "Springer Choice" journals. This deal is valid for articles accepted for publication between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2021.

There is a cap on the number of articles for which this is possible each year and, although we do not expect this to be a problem, we will notify authors if the cap is reached. Further details of the specific journals involved and how to take advantage of the deal are available on Springer's website. You are also welcome to contact the Publications Team ( for further information.