Publishing Open Access 
SBA Research Support

Contacts

Open Access costs and APC

The University Library System helps Ca' Foscari authors by supporting the costs of publishing articles in journals in open access (APC-Article Processing Charge).

APCs are paid only once and make the article accessible forever for the benefit of the whole scientific community.

SBA Open Access Support

The University Library System supports - totally or partially - the publication fees (APC) through a University support fund and by signing some transformative agreements (Read&Publish).

Furthermore, the SBA has signed agreements with some publishers which however provide for discounts on APCs which remain in the charge of author.

There are the following types of support for Ca' Foscari authors who choose to publish Open Access:

1) SBA Support Fund

Who: professors, researchers, PhD students
What: publication fees (APC) of open access articles published in international journals
Requirements: the journal must have at least one of the following two characteristics:

  • is included in class A of the sector to which the author belongs or related sectors, or is indexed in Scopus or WoS
  • is ranked in the first quartile of the Scimago index (SJR)

How much is the benefit: 75% refund of the APC (up to a maximum of 2,000 €)
How to get the benefit: fill this form [ITA]

Each department has a pre-established total of tokens subject to availability.

2) Institutional open access agreements (Read&Publish agreements)

Who: professors, researchers, fellows, doctoral students, technical and administrative staff and those who are an affiliation with Ca' Foscari. The benefit is for the corresponding author (the author who submits the article to the publisher)
What: publication fees (APC) of open access articles published in journals included in the transformative agreements (Read&Publish) signed by Ca' Foscari
How much is the benefit: full amount of the APC. Authors do not have to pay the APC, which is entirely paid by the University. For each contract, a share of the APCs is set at the disposal of all the institutions that are party to the agreement. In the event that the annual national limit set by the contracts is reached, the cost of any additional articles will be borne by the individual authors.

Below is the list of existing contracts and all the details.

Contract duration: 2022-2025
What does the agreement provide: the agreement covers the APCs of articles published by corresponding authors affiliated with Ca' Foscari who can publish unlimited eligible articles in open access.
Eligible articles: research articles, review articles, conference or proceedings papers, short papers, technical note, tutorial, case study, interview, survey
List of publications: ACM Digital Library
License: CC-BY 4.0
Retrospective conversion to Open Access: according to the contract, authors can choose the open access option by modifying the license and the method of publication of articles already published in the same journals but not in open access. The publisher will directly contact eligible authors for retrospective conversion of articles published after May 1, 2022.
Useful resources for authorsAuthor Rights Workflow; Information for Authors; Open Access Publication & ACM

Contract duration: 2020-2023
What does the agreement provide: the agreement covers the APCs of articles published in hybrid journals of the subscription collection by corresponding authors affiliated with Ca' Foscari. The number of eligible APCs is limited.
List of publications: All Pubs (except for ACS Omega)
License: CC-BY
Retrospective conversion to Open Access: according to the contract, authors can choose the open access option by modifying the license and the method of publication of articles already published in the same journals but not in open access. The choice must be made within the year of publication.

Contract duration: 2023-2025 
What does the agreement provide: the agreement covers the APCs of eligible articles published in hybrid or gold OA journals. The number of eligible APCs is unlimited
Eligible articles: research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief report, case reports
List of publications: Gold OA Journals, Hybrid Journals
License: CC BY 4.0
Retrospective conversion to Open Access: according to the contract, authors can choose the open access option by modifying the license and the method of publication of articles already published in the same journals but not in open access.
Useful resources for authorsPublishing Open Access

Contract duration: 2023-2027
What does the agreement provide: the agreement covers the APCs of articles published in:

See the publisher's page for all the agreement details.

List of publications: check if a journal is included in the agreement via the Find a participating journal page. Please pay attention: Cell Press hybrid journals are excluded from the agreement.
Eligible articles: original paper, review paper, case report
Retrospective conversion to Open Access: according to the contract, authors can choose the open access option by modifying the license and the method of publication of articles already published in the same journals (but not in open access) after January 1, 2023.
License: CC BY 4.0, CC BY NC ND 4.0

Contract duration: 2020-2024
What does the agreement provide: the agreement covers the APCs of articles published in hybrid or gold OA journals by corresponding authors affiliated with Ca' Foscari. The number of eligible APCs is limited. The number of eligible APCs is limited.
Eligible articles: all article types are included provided they have been through the publisher’s peer review process
List of publications: Emerald Journals List
License: CC-BY
Retrospective conversion to Open Access: according to the contract, authors can choose the open access option by modifying the license and the method of publication of articles already published in the same journals but not in open access. The choice must be made within the year of publication.

Contract duration: 2022-2024
What does the agreement provide: the agreement covers the APCs of articles publishedin hybrid or full gold OA journals by corresponding authors affiliated with Ca' Foscari. The number of eligible APCs is unlimited.
Eligible articles: regular paper, review paper, brief, invited, survey
List of publications: IEEE Title List 2022
License: CC-BY 4.0
Useful resources for authors: IEEE Author Center; IEEE Author Process

Contract duration: 2022 - 2024
What does the agreement provide: the agreement covers the APCs of articles published in the RSC Gold Collection (including journals that become full Open Access during the contract) by corresponding authors affiliated with Ca' Foscari. The number of eligible APCs is unlimited.
Eligible articles: primary/secondary research article, review article
List of publications: eligible journals are all hybrid journals (included in the RSC Gold Collection subscribded by Ca' Foscari) and hybrid journals that will become full Open Access during the duration of the contract: RSC_Journal List_2022
License: CC-BY, CC-BY-NC
Useful resources for authors: Author Hub; Read&Publish Agreement - Author Guide.

3) APCs in the charge of authors with discounts

Who: professors, researchers, fellows, doctoral students, technical and administrative staff and those who are an affiliation with Ca' Foscari
What: discount on publication fees (APC) which remain in the charge of authors
How much is the benefit: the discount varies according to the agreement.

Below is the list of existing contracts and all the details.

Contract duration:: 2021 -
List of publications: Physical Review C, Physical Review D, Physical Review Letters (progetto SCOAP3 - Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics)
License: CC-BY 

What the contract offers: authors benefit from a 10% discount on APCs for all MDPI journals.
Licence: CC-BY
Details: you can read more information about the agreement here: IOAP (Institutional Open Access Program)

Subsidies by financing bodies

In some cases, Open Access publication fees (APC) may be covered by the funding bodies.

If you participate in a research project, it is always good to check what the call for proposals provides for. For instance, the European Commission considers all APCs as reimbursable costs for the Horizon 2020 programme, while for the Horizon Europe programme it provides for deposit and immediate access, whereas APCs are only reimbursed if the author publishes in fully Open Access (Golden Open Access Journals) journals.
Authors participating in Horizon Europe projects have three options:

  1. publish on the Open Research Europe (ORE) platform
  2. publish in a fully Open Access journal
  3. publish in a traditional commercial journal while retaining the rights to give immediate access through e.g., deposit in the institutional repository.

Last update: 14/02/2024