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Publish Open Access with a Publisher

You can publish your article directly in an Open Access journal or in a 'hybrid' journal with an OA option (or publish an Open Access book) with the gold Open Access road. This option usually involves quite a high cost for the author.  

The EUI Library supports the members of the EUI academic community in their efforts to publish Open Access through 'transformative' agreements with publishers, and, since 2022, through a small fund for Article Processing Charges (APC). The Library also has a special fund for fair Open Science initiatives aiming at supporting no-profit forms of OA.

Tips and information

Do you have questions? Write to [email protected] or join the Open Science Office zoom chat Thursdays 11.00-11.30 (please register).

Transformative Agreements

The transformative agreements, valid between 3 and 5 years, can waive the Open Access publishing fees usually charged to the author in approximately 3,700 journal titles published by Springer, Cambridge University Press and Wiley. Books in Open Access and the Book Processing Charge (BPC) fees are not covered by the agreements. The agreements described below allow EUI corresponding authors to publish their articles in Open Access without paying any Article Processing Charge (APC).

Tips and information

  • You know your journal of interest but not if it is published by CUP, Springer or Wiley? Search the journal title in Sherpa and know immediately the publisher, or browse the journal lists by publisher!

  • The transformative agreements are concluded through the Italian consortium CRUI. A list of negotiations and contracts is available (in Italian).

Cambridge University Press

Publish your article Open Access for free in 355 journals 

  • Type of agreement: full publishing fees waived
  • Coverage: All CUP Journals full collection - CUP journal list (Read & Publish agreement)
  • N.B. APC are waived for 355 CUP Open Access and Hybrid journals (Publish agreement)
  • Duration:  3 years - 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2022.
  • The Open Access option and fee waiver is done after peer-review and after acceptance of the article
  • The waiver can be requested retroactively as long as the agreement was already valid at the acceptance of the article.
  • Eligibility for the agreement is based on where the work and research for a manuscript took place.
  • Standard option licence is CC BY 4.0

More details on the CUP read & publish agreement for Italy CRUI

CUP OA Publishing Guide

Find out if you are eligible via the new eligibility checker tool

More information: [email protected] or to CUP [email protected]


Publish your article Open Access for free in 2,130 journals

  • Type of agreement: full publishing fees waived
  • Coverage: More than 1,850 Springer hybrid journals. Here the complete and updated journal lists
    N.B. APCs are waived for Springer hybrid journals only, but not for full Open Access  journals.
  • Duration: 5 years - 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2024 (articles published after 1 July 2020 are eligible)
  • author chooses ‘yes’ to publish open access
  • author gets a message 'open access at no cost to you'
  • 2022: APC waivers have reached the limit, and no free open access is possible from 25 November to  December 2022. They could be used from mid October (via 'voucher') until 24 November 2022 (on a 'case by case basis', manually approved upon clearance from CRUI).

Type of articles elegible:


Publish your article Open Access for free in 1,430 journals

A transformative agreement with Wiley concluded through CRUI, valid as of 2021

  • Type of agreement: full publishing fees waived for EUI member corresponding authors when opting for Open Access
  • Coverage: Hybrid Wiley Online Library / Wiley Digital Library journals
  • Duration of contract: 4 years - 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2023.
    From mid-October 2022 the maximum article allowance was reached for 2022. The agreement is therefore no longer covering OA publishing fees until the end of December 2022. Starting from the 1st January 2023, funds will resume for OA publishing fees to be covered by the contract. .
  • Eligible Articles: original research articles and review articles submitted accepted for publication in a Wiley hybrid journals (more than 1,380 journal titles) from 4 March 2021 (article approval date)
  • Authors should use their EUI email, and pick the EUI as affiliation (from the Ringgold database) and their ORCID in the workflow. Former EUI members can indicate EUI as affiliation if their article is based on research that they carried out at the EUI.
  • Licence: Authors retain their copyright and grant Wiley the right to publish under a Creative Commons license. The workflow directs to CC-BY as the first option. It is possible to select the Creative Commons license Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC-By-NC 4.0) or the Creative Commons license Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivative 4.0 International (CC-By-NC-ND 4.0). (Some funders' requirements may limit the choice of CC licences).
  • Guide for authors (available in En and It) - For more information contact [email protected]
  • Author support
  • email: [email protected] 


Publish your article Open Access with small discount

  • Type of agreement: allows currently for a 10% discount (2022) on APCs
    Discount rates applied:
    • 20% (2018 & 2019)
    • 15% (2020 & 2021)
    • 10% (2022)
  • Coverage: Elsevier  journals with an Open Access option
  • Duration: 5 years - 2018-2022

During the application procedure to obtain the discount, Elsevier will require EUI authors to provide relevant information about the EUI - CRUI Elsevier Agreement, for example the Tender Identification Code (CIG=Codice Identificatiovo Gara).

Please contact [email protected] to obtain the code related to the EUI.

Special Institutional Agreements and Memberships

The Cogitatio agreement is indvidual between the EUI Library and the publisher. The EUI membership agreements with ECPR OA journal and Springer IMISCOE Book series offer interesting Open Access options for EUI authors.

Cogitatio Press: Publish Open Access for free in four journals

Cogitatio is a publisher based in Lisbon, Portugal, with the aim of promoting open access divulgation of scientific knowledge. It has four open access peer-reviewed journals:

  1. Media and Communication (ISSN: 2183-2439)
  2. Politics and Governance (ISSN: 2183-2463)
  3. Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183-2803)
  4. Urban Planning (ISSN: 2183-7635)
  • More information about the journals
  • Type of agreement: full publishing fees waived for EUI member corresponding authors when opting for Open Access
  • Duration: 3 years - 20 July 2021- 31 December 2023
  • More information about the Cogitatio membership 
  • Licence: Creative Commons license: Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY), guaranteeing that authors retain the copyrights of their work and can freely use, reuse and share their articles. Cogitatio allows authors to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) without any embargo period, and is ranked as a Green Publisher by SHERPA/RoMEO.
  • Cogitatio endorses the Codes of Conduct established by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the Committee on Publication Ethics.

Political Research Exchange (PRX) OA Journal

  • PRX is the ECPR's first Open Access journal and offers a dynamic platform to advance research, innovation and debate across the breadth of political science.
  • Authors from ECPR member institutions - like the EUI - pay only £49 per article. (Non-members pay £350).


 IMISCOE (Springer) OA Books

  • Book Processing Charge (BPC) discounted with 50 % for publishing a book Open Access
  • IMISCOE aims to publish around 8 Open Access books per year. For OA books, the publisher requires a fee of 3,000 euros (+21% VAT).
  • For people from IMISCOE member institutes, IMISCOE provides a subsidy of 50% of this OA fee. This leaves 1,500 euros (+21 VAT) for the authors themselves to pay. In case of multi-author books, at least one of the authors or editors must be employed at an IMISCOE member institute.

De Gruyter Subscribe to Open (S2O) 

The projects flips eleven journals into open access. Through the EUI Library subscribtion to Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte / Economic History Yearbook and Zeitschrift für Soziologie, this enables free open access publishing for EUI members as well as access to the backlist. All journal titles are open for authors at the EUI to publish in. More information

EUI Fund for Article Processing Charges (APC)

The EUI Open Access fund to cover EUI members' Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Book Processing Charges (BPCs) was established in 2022 and is managed by the Library. The academic units shall participate with at least 50% for each APC that is funded.

EUI Corresponding authors should apply by using the Application Form for the EUI Institutional Open Access Fund.

Authors can apply for funding in the rare cases where research output cannot be made available in Open Access through the repository road, an existing transformative agreement, or rely on funding from external grants.

Library Recommendations to Authors

These recommendations are in line with the EUI OA policy aims at guiding EUI authors how to best publish their work in open access.

  • Publish ‘Green OA’ where possible: archive/upload in Cadmus or subject repository.
  • Use the Library’s Transformative Agreements’ APC waiver where available: the Library has agreements with CUP, Wiley and Springer
  • Consider using any other minor Library agreement with smaller publishers (eg. Cogitatio), as they also represent diversity (for example language and / or country of origin).
  • EUI authors with external funding may consider to include APCs in the project budget, in some cases they must do so for example with European grants.
  • Funding for the APCs at the EUI should be applied for / used where there is no Transformative Agreement that can cover the APC.

Workflow and Criteria

The author of the article applies to the academic unit (department, programme, school or centre) for the APC to be covered. If funding is approved by the unit the request is sent to the Library’s Open Science office for a second assessment. 


1. The EUI corresponding author requests the APC to be covered to the academic unit



The application should contain


It should contain an indication of why the publication merits EUI Open Access funding. To this purpose, the application should explain the value of promoting the publication to audience that may not have access to subscriptions with publishers, for example, for publications that may be particularly relevant for policy and would thus merit the largest visibility and accessibility.


  • Publisher and Title of the Journal
  • Title of the Article and an Abstract and/or the submitted version of the article
  • Names of co-author(s) and their affiliation(s) 
  • If the EUI member has a double affiliation, this should be indicated, in order to avoid that there is another funding possibility through existing Transformative Agreements by the second affiliation
  • An estimate of the APC cost
  • Stating if there are possible Transformative agreements, or any other fund available for APCs



2. First assessment: The Unit approves or rejects the application for APC funding

If the request is approved, the unit indicates motivation of special merits of the article in terms of OA. 

  • Departments are free to identify their own criteria of OA assessment, providing indication to the Library. Departments may consider to assign priority to early career researchers’ applications.
  • Departments should co-fund the request by at least 50% of the OA funding request. This co-funding by the departments could be secured with the departmental general budget, and the applying author may contribute as well.
  • Where the request is approved, the EUI-APCs fund will cover the remaining faction of the APC


3. The unit forwards the request to the Library OS Office

  • The unit indicates the approval and amount of co-funding of the APC to [email protected]

4. Second assessment: The Library OS office approves or rejects the request of co-funding 

Criteria applied:

  • Articles associated with otherwise funded projects (i.e. papers that acknowledge other full funding for OA) cannot receive EUI APC funding. 
  • The applicant must be the corresponding author and indicate affiliation to the EUI in the publication.
  • The applicant is a current EUI member, or the accepted article is based on research carried out at the EUI.
  • The journal should not be predatory.
  • The publication should be peer-reviewed.
  • APC fees should not exceed a ‘normal’ fee (the average APC is approx. 2500 €). For 2022 a maximum refundable amount of an APC with the EUI-APCs fund is set to € 4000.
  • No other funding possibility through existing Transformative Agreements by the second affiliation should be available.
  • Only APC for OA publishing is fundable. No submission fees or production-related fees, or other editing related costs, are fundable.


Special note

The EUI-APCs fund may exhaust over the year. Therefore, the decision of the Library may grant a reduced funding with respect to the requested amount. In case the EUI budget for OA is depleted, even if eligible, the article may not receive funding from the EUI-APCs fund.


Page last updated on 25 January 2023

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