Open Access Fee Support – Funds Fully Allocated

Please note, the institutional open access funding is now fully allocated to articles submitted and under editorial review.

This includes the BioMed Central pre-pay membership program and payment of individual publisher APCs.

There will be no further approval given for the use of institutional funds until further notice. Therefore the request form has been disabled.

The availability of further funds later in the year will depend on the rate of editorial acceptance for the papers allocated funds to date.

There are quality open access journals which do not impose article processing charges. A list of fully open access journals can be found on the DOAJ website. It is possible to filter search results to see those which do not charge fees.

You could then check where the journal ranks in its field using tools such as the Library’s Journal Finder, subscribed databases such as Scopus or Incites Journal Citation Reports, or the freely available Scimago website.

Alongside rankings, it’s worthwhile considering the journal’s audience, editorial practices, and dissemination – some open access journals just have not been around long enough to achieve a higher ranking.

As always, your School Librarian is available to assist you in assessing whether a particular journal is an appropriate publishing outlet for your research.

For additional information please contact lib-research@westernsydney.edu.au.