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WHEEL (Wales Higher Education Electronic Library)

SAGE has an agreement with WHEEL (Wales Higher Education Electronic Library) from 2020 to December 2022.

The details of the agreement are as follows: 

Subscription journals
Corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package which offers hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access at a highly discounted rate of 200 GBP.  

Authors do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the agreement and invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take any additional steps needed to make their article open access under the terms of this agreement. 

Gold open access journals 
Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are also entitled to a 20% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC) for that journal. Click here for the participating Gold journal title list. This discount will be applied automatically in the SAGE Open Access Portal. Where an author is eligible for more than one discount, discounts cannot be combined but the highest discount available to the author will be applied to the APC due.

Eligible corresponding authors should use their Swansea University email address in all applications.

  • The Author(s) can then accept or reject Open Access Publishing, and if selecting Open Access, digitally sign the publishing agreement. The Author(s) have 14 days to make the selection, otherwise the article will continue to be published in subscription format.
  • The Author(s) then select a billing method for the £200 fee. They can pay directly by Credit Card or Invoice; or they can assign a third party bill-payer.
  • Please note: this discount cannot be applied retrospectively (after the 14 days has elapsed).
  • Some titles are excluded from this agreement and are listed here.

Corresponding authors who are funded by UKRI can apply for Swansea University financial support by completing the online application form at the point of acceptance. Full details are on the Open Access Library Guide.

SAGE Choice FAQs

Open Access Publishing with Wiley


Publish Your Open Access Research Articles with Wiley
From March 2020 Swansea University is a participating UK institution in partnership with Wiley and the JISC Open Access Agreement for Institutions. This researcher support is provided by the Swansea University Library Service.

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Author’s may publish articles in any of Wiley’s fully Gold Open Access, or OnlineOpen hybrid (subscription) journals with no open access costs to the author*. A list of Wiley’s Open Access and hybrid subscription journals is available from the Open Access Author Dashboard together with access to an Author Compliance Tool so you can check if you meet your funder obligations.

To publish without having to pay additional Article Publication Charges (APCs), the corresponding author must be from a participating UK institution and the article must have been accepted on or after 2 March 2020.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Your manuscript must have been accepted on or after 2 March 2020
  • You must be the corresponding author who is affiliated with a participating UK institution at the point of acceptance
  • You must publish open access in a fully gold OA journal or a hybrid (subscription) journal that offers OnlineOpen
  • If publishing in a hybrid (subscription) journal, you must order OnlineOpen at the point of acceptance by using the Wiley Author Services workflow 
  • As the Wiley Open Access Account holder, the Library Research Support team will authorise your request provided you meet the eligibility criteria. Please use a Swansea University email address to help us authenticate your application. We will contact you directly if we need additional information before approving your request
  • This agreement cannot be used to cover additional charges (e.g. cover, color, and page charges), which individual journals administer separately
  • Please ensure that you acknowledge your funder and provide details for any supporting data in the published article. This is a requirement for research articles supported by many funders, including UKRI

Quick Links:
How to Order Online Open
Author Compliance Tool

*subject to availability of sufficient funds and approval from eligible institutions’ Wiley Open Access Account holders.

You can find further details on our Open Access Library Guide.

Do you want to publish an Open Access journal? Publish with us!

We are an institutional online publisher of Open Access electronic journals. Our catalogue of titles allow readers to access and use the content free of charge under a Creative Commons licence.

We are growing this service and welcome enquiries from Swansea University researchers considering starting an academic journal. We do not charge the editors of journals for publishing with us on the Open Journal Systems platform (OJS). Editors wishing to transfer established journal titles to Swansea University are welcome to apply.

If you would like to find out more why don’t you come along to the next Academic Publishing Coffee Morning?

At this event, you can:

  • Speak to experienced academics and professional services staff who already publish journals
  • See what is really involved in editing and publishing academic publications
  • Learn about OJS, the journal publishing platform supported by Swansea’s Digital Humanities team
  • Find out what support we can offer you to set up your own peer-reviewed academic journal as part of Swansea’s digital press

Wednesday February 12th, 11:00 – 13:00 – Nanhyfer Workzone Sem Rm 01 on the Bay Campus

Contact: for further information.

Swansea University Digital Press – Open Access Journal Proposal
You can provide information about your prospective publication by completing the online form.

The Game of Open Access – Training in 2020

What is it?

The Game of Open Access is a board game developed by staff at the University of Huddersfield. The aim is to engage researchers with the key concepts and tools required to meet Open Access mandates. Through the use of playful learning, it aims to develop an understanding of the role of Open Access through the initial idea for an article to its acceptance for publication.

In essence, you play as a researcher making your way through the research process landing on square where you pick up a card with a question about Open Access at Swansea University, then discuss and answer the questions to make your way around the board.

The Game is ‘customizable’, so if there are specific questions relevant for your department, we can include them.

Why should you take part?

The Game of Open Access is a fun way of getting to grips with points of confusion around open access (the difference between Green and Gold for example, or which type of manuscript to upload to RIS), in contrast to sitting listening to me talk for an hour. Also there are sweets.

Who is it for?

The game is relevant to researchers at any stage of their career, whether it’s your first introduction to open access or you need a refresh on Swansea’s specific policy. It can also be useful for professional services staff who support researchers. We have previously run the session in the College of Engineering, and the main feedback was not enough questions!

Interested? Get in touch with us to arrange a session in your college by emailing Ellie Downes, Research Librarian at

Publish Your Own Open Access Journal Drop-In Event

Are you thinking about starting a new open access journal, perhaps in an emerging field of research? Swansea University supports the open source software Open Journal Systems (OJS)

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Come and meet us for coffee and a chat
Wednesday December 4th  2019, 10 am – 12 noon
Taliesin Mall Room, Singleton Park Campus

  • Learn about OJS, the journal publishing platform supported by Swansea’s Digital Humanities team
  • See what is involved in editing and publishing an open access academic journal
  • Speak to experienced academics and professional services staff who already publish journals
  • Find out about the support on offer to help set up your own peer-reviewed academic journal as part of Swansea’s digital press
  • You can get customized support from the university for the installation and implementation of this software, including the server space, at no cost
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Library Research Support

Publishing that first journal article

A recent training session at the library looked at getting published in a journal for the first-time.  There is a lot to consider and if you can get good advice from supervisors, colleagues and friends in your field that can be really helpful.  How do you choose the right journal to submit to? Should you go for high impact factors or open access?  How long does the whole process take? What about rejections? How does the peer review process work? What about “supplementary materials” and reserach data sets? What is meant by “Open Access”  journals and should you be considering these? And, then, once published, don’t forget to think about how you are going to publicise your research.

Powerpoints and handouts from the day are available alongside some additiona materials and suggestions of useful sources of information on Blackboard.

Free publication of science communication papers in F1000Research in 2014

Open science journal F1000Research has published over 350 papers in biology and medicine since its launch last year, and now also accepts papers about science communication.

To mark the launch of this new part of the journal, F1000Research is waiving the article processing charge on all science communication papers submitted in 2014. This includes papers about science education, all aspects around publishing, open data, science policy, social media, and other areas of communication relevant to science. More information is available here.

F1000Research is an open science journal for life scientists that offers rapid open access publication, followed by transparent peer review by invited referees, and full data deposition and sharing. The journal accepts reviews and commentaries as well as traditional articles, and publishes all sound science (including small studies).

Read existing science communication papers in F1000Research or find out more about the publication model.

Open Peer Review

As part of Open Access week, Rebecca Lawrence (Faculty of 1000) gave the first SURF Seminar talk of this academic year.

Rebecca launched F1000 Posters (an open access repository for conference posters from the world of Bioscience & Medicine). More recently, she has set up F1000 Research, an open access journal but with some interesting and innovative developments in terms of open peer review, and open access to research data.

Under the F1000 Research model, authors can submit articles and have them published online before going through the peer review process.  In-house checks are done to ensure basic standards are met before the article is uploaded, but the actual peer-review is done in the open and online.  The reviews, themselves, can be read and cited. (Each is given a doi .)  Readers can see where reviewers may have regarded the same paper in quite different ways.   Is this to be an important development in the future of scholarly publishing? Already, BMC Medicine  and BMJ Open are insisting upon open peer review, with the reports being published along with the name and affiliation of the reviewers.   

Faculty 1000 goes even further by publishing articles before the peer review process.  The reviewers’ reports then follow and are published online. Reviewers must say whether the work is in their opinion “Approved” or  “Approved with minor reservations” or  “Not Approved”. Once an article has 2 “Approved” or 1 “Approved “ and 2 “Approved with minor reservations”, it will be indexed in Scopus, PubMed, Embase, Cross-Ref and Google Scholar.

What are the arguments in favour of this system?

  • Speed – The traditional peer review process is cumbersome and slow. This way researchers can get their work out fast and avoid being scooped. F1000 Research claim an article can appear online within a week.
  • Recognition of the work of reviewers. Because the reviews are open and will have a doi, they can be read and cited.
  • Preventing or exposing bias in the review process.

These are just a few brief points from Rebecca’s talk. If you are interested in the idea of Open Peer Review, then you may also want to look at:

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Nature’s peer review debate

You might also be interested in the Guardian’s live chat this Friday (25 Oct between 12-2pm BST): The future of open access research and publishing

Open Access Week Events at Swansea University

 OA International Open Access Week  (21st to 27the October) will soon be upon us and is a chance to catch up with the latest developments and to reflect on how far things have come and where the OA movement is taking us next. Swansea University staff can take advantage of two talks being held during this week to find out more about it:

Monday 21 October (12 to 2pm) SURF Room, Fulton House.   Open Access: From Biomed Central to F1000 Research. Rebecca Lawrence (Faculty of 1000)  will talk about the developments in OA publishing from the early days of BioMed Central to the success of PLOS and the most recent developments of open peer review, open data, and F1000Research.  

Swansea researchers will find this a fascinating insight into the world of Open Access publishing and will have a chance to consider the latest developments and how they might benefit or impact upon their research in terms of  publishing, impact and profile.

To book email:   Buffet lunch will be provided.

Wednesday 23 October (12 to 1pm) APECS, Training Room A, Grove. Open Access: Green? Gold? Confused? Caroline Rauter and Michele Davies(ISS) will be talking about the changing landscape and the impact of research openness beyond academia. They will also be explaining the role of ISS in supporting researchers using the Gold OA route. 

To book email:

RCUK – Revised Policy & Guidance on Open Access + FAQs

RCUK has published  ( 8 April 2013) the latest version of its Policy and Guidance on Open Access. This applies to publication of peer reviewed research articles and conference proceedings which acknowledge RCUK funding. 

It has also provided a FAQ document, which will be updated as and when new questions arise.

The changes aim to further clarify the guidance, and draw on comments received from across the research community, learned societies and publishers following a call for input in March.