The University of California, via the California Digital Library, maintains a subscription with Taylor & Francis.  As a part of UC’s institutional license with Taylor & Francis, UC corresponding authors are entitled to a discount on article processing charges (APCs) when choosing to publish open access in any Taylor & Francis journal.

Who is covered?

Corresponding authors who are affiliated with any UC campus, UC Office of the President, or Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

What journals are covered?

All Taylor & Francis Open (full open access) and Open Select (hybrid open access) journals.

What is the discount?

UC authors choosing to publish OA in hybrid open access (“Open Select”) journals will receive a 75% discount off the journal’s APC fee.

UC authors publishing in full OA journals will pay whichever amount is lower between:

  • The full OA journal list price APC.
  • A 75% discount off the prevailing “Open Select” APC fee.

Taylor and Francis has an OA cost/APC lookup tool which allows you to see what the list APC is for a given journal.

How can I apply this discount?

If you are the corresponding author of an article accepted for publication in a Taylor and Francis journal, you will receive an email with instructions for publication. In Taylor and Francis’ submission portal, you should indicate your affiliation with UC, select the open access option, and proceed through the APC generator, after which the APC discount will be automatically applied. The portal will then guide you through the OA publication, license selection, and payment processes. 

What licenses are available?

Authors may choose from Creative Commons licenses when publishing OA with Taylor & Francis.  The particular CC licenses that are available depend on the journal where the article will be published; full OA (T&F Open) journals usually offer a choice between CC BY and CC BY-NC, while hybrid (T&F Open Select) journals usually offer a choice between CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND.  More information about T&F’s licenses and which are available for each journal can be found on T&F’s Author Services site.

For more information about the importance of license selection and Creative Commons in open access publishing, see this NEJM Perspective.

What is the business model behind this arrangement?

The APC discount is a component of UC’s license agreement with Taylor & Francis.  However, any APCs paid to Taylor & Francis are separate from the university’s licensing fees; they are added costs that do not lower the amount that UC pays to Taylor & Francis for access to content.

For more information about publishing open access with Taylor & Francis, please see Taylor & Francis’ information page on the UC open access discount.

Last updated October 31, 2023.