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Open Research

Open access publishing

There are several ways to publish open access, and the University's guide on this is available here.

In addition to this, we are also gaining access to new deals with various publishers that allow corresponding authors from the University of Essex to publish open access at no extra cost, regardless of whether or not their work is funded. This is due to read and publish deals.

Read and publish deals have evolved as a result of changes in the open access landscape, in particular Plan S. Read and publish deals are blanket agreements with academic publishers that cover both the subscription to the journal (the "read" aspect), and the open access publishing cost (the "publish" aspect). See below for information about our current read and publish deals.


There is currently an opportunity to publish open access with the publisher Wiley, due to a read and publish deal between JISC and Wiley. This means that there is a national pot of money available to researchers from across institutions to fund APCs for open access publishing, and we are able to use this money.

If you submit an article to a Wiley journal, and you are a corresponding author, you will see the option to use this deal after acceptance. The request then comes through to our Repository Team, who decide whether to approve the application. If you have any questions about this, please email our Repository Team. More information can also be found on Wiley's website.


A new deal with SAGE allows corresponding authors to publish gold open access in SAGE’s hybrid journals with no article processing charge (APC). The list of journals available for this deal can be found here. In addition to this, we are also able to take advantage of a discount on APCs when publishing in SAGE gold open access journals.

If you are a corresponding author publishing in a SAGE hybrid journal, we would encourage you to request open access publishing. If your research is UKRI funded, we can cover the APC for gold open access publishing. If you have any further questions, please email our Repository Team.