Where to publish

We believe that the choice of form of publication and choice of journal should lie with the author in accordance with the principles of academic freedom. We also believe that researchers at Stirling should publish ambitiously and be supported in doing so.

You should start thinking about where you aim to publish at the grant application stage, this way any funds needed for open access publishing can be incorporated into your grant application (if the funder allows for these costs). You should also consider what page or figures charges might apply to your article (these are different to article processing charges and there is no central support at present for these costs).

So how do you decide where to publish?

Key elements apply when deciding where to publish whether in an open access or subscription based journal.

Elements to consider when deciding where to publish

Further resources

  • The Manuscript Matcher tool suggests potential journals to publish in based on your paper's title and abstract (and reference list if you want) - see our Manuscript Matcher Guide.
  • If you are specifically interested in publishing in a gold open access journal, the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/) provides a searchable database of 8761 journal titles.
  • OA Books Toolkit: aims to help book authors to better understand open access book publishing and to increase trust in open access books
  • The publisher Wiley has produced a Writing for Publication guide aimed at nurses who wish to publish journal articles.
  • Vitae have released a new episode of their 15-minute podcast series on developing their research career 'Getting published for the first time'. This tackles crucial questions for first time authors, such as: How should you approach writing your first research article?  What happens once you've pressed submit?  How can you maximise the impact of your research?
  • Think.Check. Submit helps researcher identify trusted journals for their research. They also provide a handy checklist.
  • conpher: a site aimed at gathering and sharing academic journal publishing experiences from academics around the world. Includes Acceptance and Publications times.

Publisher memberships and discounts (also known as Off-setting deals)

Many publishers now offer discounted Article Processing Charges (APCs), so bear this in mind when you are choosing to submit your research although the best journal in your field may not be covered by any of these deals!

  • BMC/SpringerOpen offer a 15% discount on their APCs – on average £1200 plus VAT


  • Brill and Jisc Collections Transformative Agreement for 2020 - covers all UK university libraries. Under the Agreement, academics at participating institutions benefit from reading access to the Full Brill Journal Collection, as well as unlimited Open Access publishing in all Brill journals for 2020. Brill’s journal portfolio consists of more than 330 hybrid and fully Open Access titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law, and Biology. Articles which have already been published in 2020 will be made available in Open Access retroactively.



  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) journals – IET is part of the Wiley Jisc Agreement (2020 to 2023).  This means that authors pay no APCs for any research and or review article that is original research where certain conditions are met. See the listing of IET journals with the provisional start dates from when Wiley will take submissions. From 2021 all IET journals will be fully Open Access. If using this Agreement, choose the CC-BY licence. See the Wiley Jisc Agreement details below.



  • Open Library of Humanities charges no APCs


  • SAGE (1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2022) - as part of a transformative agreement Stirling authors can publish an unlimited number of open access articles for free in SAGE's full portfolio of hybrid journals (i.e. subscription journals that will make specific articles open access, normally on payment of a fee). Under the following conditions:
    • the Stirling author must be the corresponding author
    • certain article types are excluded, for example; book reviews, commercially sponsored articles, and titles joining mid-year

     Further details:

    • A choice of CC-BY or CC-BY-NC licence will be offered (unless a funder restriction takes precedence) - we recommend the CC-BY licence.
    • Authors retain copyright to all authored open access articles.
    • Open access publication is free at the point of publication to the author - the costs have already been covered by the subscription fee paid by the library.
    • See further details about the SAGE read & publish agreement.

    In addition, authors publishing in any of SAGE's fully open access journals will receive a 20% discount on the open access publication fee:

    • There are a small number of exclusions where SAGE is contractually prevented from offering this discount. A list of excluded journals will be available from the publisher directly.


  • Springer Compact Agreement (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2021) - papers are published under a CC BY licence in the majority of Springer’s hybrid journals at no further cost to the University while funds last (they are expected to)
    • The charges have already been paid as part of the journal subscription fees the Library pays for.
    • Please tick ‘yes’ when asked if you want Gold Open Access.


  • Taylor Francis offset deal which offers a 75% discount on their APCs which would be £450 per article, plus VAT.  NB their medical titles are excluded from this deal


  • Wiley (and IET) Jisc Agreement - means that authors pay no APCs for any research and or review article that is original research where certain conditions are met.  If using this Agreement, choose the CC-BY licence. See the Wiley Jisc Agreement details below.



Wiley (and IET) Jisc Agreement, January 2020 until December 2023: Details 

Subject to review and availability, Stirling authors can publish full (gold) Open Access in any Wiley or IET journal at no extra cost to the author if the following conditions are met: 

  • the article has been accepted on or after 2 March 2020
  • the corresponding author must be affiliated with a participating UK institution (Stirling is an affiliated institution)
  • the article is a research and/or review article that is original research
  • the article is to be published in any fully gold OA journal or a hybrid (subscription) journal that offers OnlineOpen
  • the fund for this agreement has been drawn down more quickly than originally modelled by Jisc/Wiley, so from 12 October 2020, funding has temporarily been limited only to articles funded by Wellcome, UKRI, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson’s UK and Versus Arthritis. This is to guarantee that all research funded by these funders will be published Open Access in 2020. (This web page will be updated if/when this condition changes)
  • The author is recommended to select the CC BY licence option

If publishing in a hybrid (subscription) journal, the author must order OnlineOpen at the point of acceptance. The guide on Wiley's Author Services site offers detailed instructions on registering affiliation and choosing an Open Access licence in either circumstance. 


See more details about the agreement at: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/open-access/affiliation-policies-payments/jisc-agreement.html


A few things to note about the Wiley Jisc Agreement:

  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) journals joined the Wiley Jisc Agreement during 2020. See the listing of IET journals with the provisional start dates from when Wiley will take submissions.  From 2021 all IET journals will be fully Open Access.  
  • Per the agreement, corresponding author means 'the author who manages the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process - from submission through publication'
  • Requests will be reviewed by Stirling’s account administrators, to check whether they meet the criteria
  • This agreement cannot be used to cover additional charges (e.g. cover, colour, and page charges), which individual journals administer separately. Any such costs must be paid through separate arrangement – you can apply to cover such costs via the University’s own APC Fund (select ‘Apply for APC funding’ in the University Portal under ‘My Staff Life’ tab, in the ‘I want to’ panel)
  • APCs for eligible submissions will be covered as long as funds are available in the national account. Per the agreement: 'Jisc or Wiley cannot guarantee the fund will cover all UK articles particularly if publishing increases significantly or if author publication patterns change significantly'
  • The Jisc/Wiley agreement provides full and permanent access to Wiley’s 2020 All Title List as well as open access publishing in over 1400 Wiley journals
  • The 'transformative agreement' which governs this deal was negotiated on behalf of member institutions by Jisc, and allows the library subscription ('read') spend to be redistributed to cover both subscription access and publishing ('write') costs. The funds to pay article publication charges (APCs) are drawn from a national open access account, the balance of which represents roughly half of the aggregate Wiley subscription spend by UK institutions (based on the calculation that half of this payment is for 'read' access to subscription titles, and half is allocated to 'write' costs (APCs). When a request is approved by the Account administrator, the APC, less a 25% discount, is drawn down and deducted from the total publishing allocation.


Wiley titles
A non-exhaustive list of Wiley titles which are popular with Stirling researchers


Health and Social Care in the Community

African Journal of Ecology

Journal of Advanced Nursing

Aquaculture Nutrition

Journal of Applied Ecology

Aquaculture Research

Journal of Biogeography


Journal Of Clinical Nursing

British Journal of Health Psychology

Journal of Fish Diseases

Child and Family Social Work

Limnology and Oceanography

Conservation Biology


Conservation Letters

Maternal and Child Nutrition

Drug and Alcohol Review

Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Ecological Entomology

New Phytologist

Ecology and Evolution

Physiological Reports

Ecology Letters

Reviews in Aquaculture

Functional Ecology

Social Policy and Administration

Global Change Biology

Sociology of Health and Illness

Global Ecology and Biogeography

Sustainable Development



Learned Society memberships

The British Psychological Society is waiving APCs for their members in the following journals:

  • British Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • British Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • British Journal of Educational Psychology
  • British Journal of Health Psychology
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • Journal of Neuropsychology
  • Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Legal and Criminological Psychology
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice

All you need to do is select ‘British Psychological Society’ as the funder in Wiley’s submission system

Increasingly Learned Societies are giving APC discounts to their members when they publish in a Society's journals, so this may be useful when deciding where to publish.