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Open Access options for journals

Find out about Open access options for books here.


Why publish open access?

  • Visibility & impact: Open access makes your research more widely and easily visible to researchers, practitioners and policy makers;
  • Usage: A number of studies and reports have shown that open access journal articles are viewed more often than articles available only to subscribers (See for example, this RCT published in the BMJ, or this report published by the Research Information Network);
  • Collaboration: Open access publication fosters greater dialogue across disciplinary and geographical boundaries;
  • Social Justice: Open access reduces inequalities in access to knowledge due to lack of institutional funding.

Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals comply with the majority of funding agency mandates for open access publication of work they support.

Different types of open access

Green Open Access archiving has already been possible for some time, for more information see our policy on self-archiving and institutional repositories. We understand that different funding bodies have different requirements so we are willing to be flexible - please email us to discuss your needs.

Gold Open Access publishing (making articles freely available to the reader under a variety of CC-BY licences) is also available upon payment of an Article Processing Charge of £1,500+VAT. The open access status of an article in no way influences its chance of acceptance or review, and payment should only be made after acceptance. In order to make your article Gold Open Access, please contact us (pp-journals@bristol.ac.uk) to request an invoice and confirm the licence you would like applied to your article. UK customers can also pay by credit card online if they prefer, by visiting our online shop.

Please note we are unable to process refunds for Article Processing Charges, including in the event of article retraction or later removal. We do, however, ensure that Bristol University Press and Policy Press do not charge twice for the same article, and will fully refund an APC in the event of duplicate payment.

For more information on the Gold Open Access option, please read our FAQ document.

 

Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Gold Open Access

 

CriteriaArticle Processing ChargeDiscount
Standard APC£1500 + VAT0%
Author from institution subscribing to the Policy Press Collection or Mix & Match 7 Policy Press Journals£1200 + VAT20%
Author from a Policy Press Journal Editorial Board£1200 + VAT20%
First author from country in Medium Human Development category of UN HDI£750 + VAT50%
First author from country in Low Human Development category of UN HDI£0100%



Read our open access FAQs