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Support for publication fees

Lund University’s APC fund
As part of the recommendations for open access publishing, Lund University has allocated central funds since 2008 for promoting publishing in OA journals. Here you can read about how to apply for funds.

New temporary APC funding model

Lund University will cover 100% of the APC if the paper is published and we get the invoice before the extra funding ends. We expect that it will also last for a part of 2020. When the temporary fund has run out the fund will cover 50%.

To make sure that the fund or the extra fund will cover the APC, you should always apply using the APC application form.

The Article Processing Charges (APC) funds provides opportunities for researchers at Lund University to receive partial funding for publishing articles in OA journals. The funds are administered by the University Library.

An agreement with Springer Nature has recently been added, so no application is needed for publishing in open access journals from the following imprints: BioMed Central, Springer Open, NatureResearch and Palgrave Mcmillan.
Read more about the agreement Springer Nature Fully Open Access.

The following financial publishing support applies:

  • Applications for funding support can be made for all open access journals published by serious publishing houses.
  • The funding only covers 50 per cent of the APC.

Terms and conditions for financial publishing support

The following terms and conditions apply for financial publishing support:

  • The corresponding author must be employed at Lund University, have a cost centre at LU and be registered in LUCAT.
  • The corresponding author must state a Lund University-connected affiliation in the article.
  • The journal must be entirely OA in order for support to be granted. Publication in hybrid journals or journals with delayed OA will not be granted support. (Hybrid journals include individual articles that are freely available, but the journal as a whole requires a subscription.)
  • The funding covers 50 per cent of the APC.
  • The journal must meet certain quality requirements. Generally, a publishing house should meet the OASPA’s Code of Conduct in order for funds to be contributed towards the APC.
  • Publishing support is distributed on a first come first served principle.
  • To be sure to receive money from the fund you must have submitted an application and have it approved. First, get an approved fund application and then submit to the publisher if you want to be sure to receive money from the fund.
  • If the year’s allocated funds for publishing run out before the end of the year, support ceases until new funds are available.
  • If the publishing fund run out before new funding have been secured, all submitted articles that have been approved for support will receive support upon publication, even if publication takes place after funding is no longer approved for new articles.

No financial support for publishing in hybrid journals

The main reasons why APCs for hybrid journals are not funded by the central fund at LU are as follows:

  • the average hybrid journal APC is in fact almost twice as expensive as the average full OA journal APC.
  • few publishers have a clear correlation between the subscription price and the number of APC-funded papers in a journal (the double-dipping problem). I.e. the subscription price should go down when the number of APC-funded papers go up. This is beginning to improve, but still the main reason most APC funds don’t  support publishing in hybrid journals.
    In short, we try to make as much as possible to support a transition towards OA with the limited amount of resources we have.

  • Hybrid publishing is becoming well covered by the recent national “read- and publish agreements” that Lund University take part in.

How to apply

  1. When you have decided which journal you will send your article to, fill in the form and send it to the University Library.
  2. The University Library will inform you whether or not support will be granted.
  3. When the article has been accepted the invoice will be split 50/50 in LUPIN.
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For questions about the publication process, bibliometrics, research data, open access, etcetera., please contact:

publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se

For questions about LUCRIS, please contact:

servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se

Watch out for dubious publishers and journals

There are dubious OA publishers and journals that Lund University does not support. We have listed some general advice here . If you would like help to assess the quality of a publisher or a journal before submitting an article, please contact us at publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se.

Publication in a subscription-based journal when the research funder requires OA

One alternative is to self-archive the article in LUCRIS if the publishing house allows self-archiving. The majority of research funders allow self-archiving as an alternative to direct OA publishing.