Frontiers Open Access publishing UK framework agreement 2019-2022

  • Start: 1 Oct 2019
    Expiry: 30 Sep 2022
  • Description:

    The Frontiers national open access framework agreement offers a 10% national discount, a choice of payment methods and additional benefits for participating institutions.

Product overview

The Frontiers institutional membership enables streamlining of article submission and payment workflows, communications and reduced administrative time spent by researchers and institutions. The membership removes some or all responsibilities for APC payments from authors. Further benefits include membership discounts on APCs and greater insight for institutions into open access uptake and expenditure through detailed reports provided by Frontiers on articles by their researchers.

The national agreement covers two different central invoicing membership schemes for open access publishing, invoiced monthly and prepayment. With either scheme, authors have the option to select their institution as invoice payer during the article submission process and institutions remain in full control as each APC will be verified by their central contact point before being added to the institutional account. All institutions will benefit from the National Discount of 10%, which applies irrespective of size, option taken, output, prepaid amounts or JISC HE bands. Maximum APCs (fixed of 15 August 2019) are frozen for participating institutions during the term of the agreement. The entire portfolio of Frontiers journals back to 2007 is free to read to everyone, everywhere.

1. Invoiced monthly option

With the monthly invoicing model, no upfront payment or deposit is required. APCs for all accepted verified articles by (corresponding) authors affiliated with the participating institution within a month are aggregated into one monthly invoice.

2. Prepayment option

Funds are deposited into a Frontiers account and used to pay for APCs for accepted verified articles by (corresponding) authors affiliated with the participating institution. This reduces the number of invoices to approximately one annual invoice. All deposited amounts remain available without the time limit. Supplementary funds can be added at any time.

Note: The membership discounts, as shown above, apply where the APC (minus the discount) is covered in full by/via the institution and split invoices on Frontiers' side are not required.

For example (illustrating a cost-savings benefit with a membership agreement under the national agreement vs. a membership agreement Frontiers has offered to UK institutions on an individual basis): For the month of October 2018, a library from University X received an aggregated invoice covering four articles for a total amount of $9,875. The 7.5% was applied bringing the total October 2018 cost down to $9,134 (a saving of $741). For the whole year of 2018, 34 articles from University X were accepted for publication. The total of APCs for these was $66,304 but with the 7.5% discount applied, the final amount spent in 2018 was $61,331 (a saving of $4,973). The average APC for an article in 2018 was $1,950 (pre-discount)/$1,804 (after discount). Under the national agreement with Jisc Collections - with the 10% National Discount - the membership would provide savings of $6,630, and the average APC (after discount) would be $1,755 for 2018.

Publisher selection policy

Frontiers is an award-winning Open Science platform and leading Open Access scholarly publisher. Founded in 2007, it is one of world's largest and fastest-growing publishers with more than 70 journals covering 600 academic disciplines in Science, Technology, Medicine and Social Sciences. The Frontiers journals consistently rank among the top cited journals in the world - as indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR, Clarivate Analytics) and CiteScore (Elsevier, Scopus database).

Frontiers is a member of several major publishing regulatory and ethical committees including OASPA, ALPSP, COPE and SPARC Europe, and its journals are indexed in all leading abstracting and indexing databases, including Web of Science (Journal Citation Reports), Scopus (CiteScore), PubMed and OpenAIRE. Where relevant, content is also submitted to (or is indexed by) other services including PubMed Central/Europe PubMed Central, CAS, Embase, Ei Compendex, Semantic Scholar, PsychINFO and Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. All Frontiers journals carry the DOAJ Seal of Approval.

For more information about Frontiers:

  • Community-driven journals, with more than 55000 world-renowned scientists and scholars as editors
  • CC-BY Creative Commons licence - the least restrictive CC licence is the default
  • Research Topics spotlight the most specialised communities and enable leading researchers to manage the publication of article collections
  • Collaborative Peer-Review: rigorous, fair, constructive, transparent and efficient as enabled by our custom-built "Review Forum" web software
  • Impact Metrics: we pioneered online metrics for articles in 2008 and authors in 2011 and continuously improve them
  • Frontiers for Young Minds: cutting-edge research for kids, edited by kids together with top-level scientists
  • Loop, the first open research network. Loop is a social network for researchers and is integrated with the Frontiers system. It can be, and is, integrated with other journals publishers, institutions and academic websites. The goal is to maximise the readership and discoverability for researchers, enabling them to stay up to date with new research and connect with their peers. The Loop profile of a researcher within this network is a showcase of the researcher's publications and achievements, and Loop disseminates her/his work. See here for an example of a Loop profile:

Backfiles or archives included

All titles offered by the publisher are available to all, free of charge, back to 2014.

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