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LSE Institutional Publication Fund

The LSE Institutional Publication Fund holds the RCUK block grant provided to help institutions meet the cost of article processing charges (APCs). 

This covers peer-reviewed articles and proceedings papers arising from research funded wholly or in part by RCUK and which meet the eligibility criteria as set out below.

What is an Article Processing Charge (APC) ?

An APC is a publisher’s fee for making a paper freely available online. The cost of publication is moved from the reader (via subscriptions) to the author or institution (via an APC). 
This is often referred to as Gold Open Access, although there are Gold Open Access journals which do not require an APC. Some publishers will make already published papers Gold, by charging a 'retrospective APC'.
There are a growing number of Gold Open Access journals to publish in; why not look up how many there are in your field by searching the Directory of Open Access Journals?

Who can apply?

The LSE Institutional Publication Fund is available to all RCUK grant holders for publications that meet the following criteria: 
  • Publication arises wholly or in part from RCUK funded research 
  • Journal complies with RCUK Policy on Open Access
  • Journal does not allow RCUK compliant Green deposit or there is a compelling case for choosing Gold Open Access 
  • Corresponding author or grant holder is a current member of LSE
  • Author or grant holder has deposited a copy of the paper in LSE Research Online 
See the RCUK Open Access policy FAQ for more details.

How do I apply for the fund?

To apply for the fund, first familiarise yourself with the criteria above and then contact us: lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk.

How will my request be processed?

Library staff will check your request meets funder policies and confirm if your application has been successful. We will request for the APC invoice be sent to lseresearchonline@lse.ac.uk and process payments on your behalf.