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Open Access Membership

Open Access Membership

Our open access membership helps institutions to support researchers who are mandated to publish their research using the open access model. 

A customised approach to each membership and a commitment to transparent pricing means you won’t pay both subscription and open access fees – we work hard to ensure all institutional members receive substantial benefits from their membership. 

The payment process is straightforward and manageable with reporting to help you keep track of your funds. Your researchers will receive up to 25% discount on article processing charges, making research grants and institutional open access funds stretch further. You’ll receive detailed reports on who from your institution is publishing with us. We’re committed to helping institutions publish as much as they can.

Standard Open Access Membership

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

Prepay Open Access Membership

Prepay membership enables an organisation to completely cover article processing charges incurred by its researchers. Prepay members deposit a minimum of £5,000, from which article processing charges are deducted at a 10% discount. The institution authorises each payment before it is processed, meaning that you can choose exactly which projects and researchers are supported by the fund. There is no time limit on the funds being spent.

Reports showing details of funds spent and funds remaining are sent to members, and can be created at any time.  

We are committed to supporting open access, and offer institutions and authors a high level of flexibility to accommodate individual needs and requirements.

Open Access Agreements

From 1 July 2018 authors submitting to Open Biology or Royal Society Open Science from eligible institutions affiliated with Max Planck Society will have their list price APCs covered centrally by Max Planck Digital Library.

Open Access Members

Institution Country Membership model Notes
The University of Melbourne Australia Standard  
The University of Western Australia Australia  Standard  
University of Helsinki  Finland  Standard   
Tampere University, Tampere University of Applied Sciences Finland Standard  
Oslo University  Norway Standard  
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) Germany   Standard  
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
Germany  Standard  
Weizmann Institute of Science Israel
Standard   
American University of Beirut Lebanon Standard  
TU Delft  Netherlands  Prepay Membership covers Royal Society Open Science and Open Biology
VU University Amsterdam
Netherlands Standard   
Linköping University Sweden  Standard  
Stockholm University
Sweden Standard   
University of Basel Switzerland  Standard  
University of Fribourg Switzerland Standard    
Brunel University United Kingdom Standard  
Imperial College London United Kingdom Standard    
King's College London United Kingdom  Standard  
Newcastle University United Kingdom Prepay Prepay Membership covers RCUK funded authors 
Queen Mary, University of London United Kingdom Standard  
Rothamsted Research 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 Bath 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 Dundee  United Kingdom Prepay
University of Durham  United Kingdom  Standard  
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 Hull  United Kingdom
Standard  
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            Prepay Membership 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   
University of California
United States of America  Standard
Includes all campuses:
• Berkeley (and Lawrence Berkeley Lab)
• Davis
• Irvine
• Los Angeles
• Merced
• Riverside
• San Diego
• San Francisco
• Santa Barbara
• Santa Cruz
University of Florida  United States of America   Standard   
University of Massachusetts Amherst United States of America   Standard   
Tufts University 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.

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