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Open Access Membership

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For more information, please email Caroline Blenkin, Institutional Open Access Consultant, or call +44 1892 523674.

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If you are a researcher and would like to suggest Royal Society Open Access Membership to your institution, you can submit a recommendation.

The Royal Society Open Access Membership programmes actively encourage open access in scholarly communication. Becoming a member grows your institution’s research exposure and allows your authors to publish more content in an open access format, leading to wider dissemination and increased potential for downloads and citations. Our transparent pricing means that you won't be paying twice. 

Membership benefits

  • Discounts of up to 25% are offered on each article processing charge, making research grants and institutional open access funds stretch further.
  • Our open access policies are compliant with a wide range of funders, so you can be safe in the knowledge that your authors will comply with open access mandates.
  • The payment process is straight-forward and manageable, with regular reporting to help you keep track of your funds.
  • Customised pricing packages are available to suit your institution’s needs.

Standard Open Access Membership

In this programme, authors from member institutions receive a 25% discount on the article processing charge for publishing in any of our journals. Each institution pays an annual fee, which is based on the number of open access articles it published in the Royal Society’s journals during the previous year. This programme allows your institution to show its support for open access publishing, and enables authors to publish at a substantially discounted rate.

Prepay Open Access Membership

Prepay Membership enables an organisation to cover open access article processing charges incurred by its researchers. Prepay members deposit a minimum of £5,000, from which article processing charges are deducted less a 10% discount. The institution authorises each payment before it is processed, meaning that you can choose exactly how the deposit is allocated in line with your institutional requirements. There is no time limit on the funds being spent.

Reports showing details of funds spent and funds remaining are sent to the institution regularly and at any time upon request.

Other Open Access Membership options

We are committed to supporting open access, and offer institutions and authors a high level of flexibility to accommodate individual needs and requirements. Our flexible options include the following.

  • Institutions can combine both Royal Society Open Access Membership programmes (Standard and Prepay) in order to benefit from a higher article processing charge discount of 25% on all published open access articles.
  • If desired, invoices for article processing charges can be split between the article’s authors and the institution.
  • Institutions can select which researchers are eligible for article processing charges to be fully covered by Prepay Membership; for example, those with funding from particular sources.

Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Open Access Members

Institution Country Membership model Notes
The University of Melbourne Australia Standard  
University of Oulu Finland Standard  
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) Germany   Standard  
American University of Beirut Lebanon Standard  
Brunel University United Kingdom Standard  
Durham University United Kingdom Standard  
Imperial College London United Kingdom Standard    
Loughborough University United Kingdom Standard  
Newcastle University United Kingdom Standard and Prepay Prepay Membership covers RCUK funded authors
Queen Mary, University of London United Kingdom Standard  
Queen's University Belfast United Kingdom Standard  
The University of Edinburgh United Kingdom Prepay Prepay Membership covers RCUK, Wellcome and COAF funded authors
The University of Manchester United Kingdom Standard  
University of Birmingham United Kingdom Prepay Prepay Membership covers RCUK, Wellcome and COAF funded authors
University of Bristol United Kingdom Standard and Prepay Prepay Membership covers RCUK funded authors
University of Cambridge United Kingdom Standard  
University of Cardiff United Kingdom Standard  
University of Dundee  United Kingdom Prepay
University of East Anglia United Kingdom Standard  
University of Exeter United Kingdom Standard  
University of Glasgow United Kingdom Standard and Prepay Prepay Membership covers RCUK, Wellcome and COAF funded authors
University of Lancaster United Kingdom Standard  
University of Leicester United Kingdom Standard  
University of Liverpool United Kingdom Standard  
University of Nottingham United Kingdom Standard  
University of Sheffield United Kingdom Standard  
University of Southampton United Kingdom Standard  
University of St Andrews United Kingdom Standard and Prepay            covers RCUK, Wellcome and COAF funded authors
University of Strathclyde United Kingdom Standard  
University of Sussex United Kingdom Standard  
University of Warwick United Kingdom Standard  
University of York United Kingdom Standard  
Iowa State University United States of America Standard  
MIT Libraries   United States of America Standard  

The Royal Society is a member of OASPA, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association.

Find out more information on how to submit an article and about publishing open access with us.