Open Access discounts

- for researchers at DTU

One of the ways in which to make your research Open Access is paying your publisher or journal to do it. This is called Article Processing Charges (APC) and can make your article Open Access immediately.

Some publishers offer a discount on APCs as a part of DTU's subscription and below you can read more about the discounts.

Pil American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS/Science)
Pil American Chemical Society (ACS)
Pil Elsevier
Pil Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute – MDPI
Pil Portland Press
Pil Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
Pil Royal Society


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS / Science)

The publisher AAAS / Science has launched an Open Access policy which we are testing for a period of one year (2021). The Open Access policy means that all articles where the underlying research is supported by cOAlition S / Plan S organizations will be awarded:

  • CC-BY or CC-BY-ND-licens to the Author Accepted Manuscript (Post-print)
  • The author retains copyright
  • Author Accepted Manuscript (Post-print) can be published in a repository without an embargo period, i.e. DTU Orbit.

This applies to articles published from 1 January 2021 in one of the AAAS / Science family's journals with subscription:

  • Science
  • Science Signaling
  • Science Transformative Medicine
  • Science Immunology
  • Science Robotics

The organizations that support the implementation of Plan S, and are included in AAAS 'new Open Access policy as of January 1, 2021, are listed in this overview (marked as ‘Early adopter’ in the Rights Retention Strategy Implementation column):
PilOrganizations supporting implementation of Plan S

This means that if the research is founded by EU Horizon and the results are published in one of the mentioned journals, it can become immediately Open Access available.

Do I have to pay Article Processing Charge (APC) to publish Open Access at AAAS / Science?
APC is not required to make articles published in the journals above immediately accessible to all (Open Access).

You can not publish hybrid Open Access in the five subscription journals - as before. AAAS / Science make the articles (published version) in the subscribed journals freely available after 12 months and gives you the option to publish Accepted Author Manuscript (peer-reviewed version / Post-print) in a repository like DTU Orbit.

With the new policy, the article can now be immediately accessible Open Access if the research is founded by cOAlition S / Plan S organizations.


American Chemical Society (ACS)

ACS call their open access initiative for ACS AuthorChoice. Here you are offered a discount on APC, if you are affiliated to an institution which subscribes or if you become a member of ACS.
See the standard price for ACS AuthorChoice Open Access publishing on ACS' website.

DTU researchers will find the relevant prices under ’Member at subscribing institution pricing’ as DTU subscribes to ACS. 
If you also have a personal membership yiou get a further discount
PilLearn about personal memberships

When you fill out the ACS AuthorChoice form, you must provide the subscribing institution. Please contact to get the DTU's name and customer number.
PilLearn more about ACS AuthorChoice, terms and prices
 - You will also find links for the relevant forms.



Once your research article has been accepted for publication in an Elsevier journal, it is important that you choose DTU as your institutional affiliation and use your corresponding DTU email address to  publish under Elsevier's Open Access conditions. The agreement with Elsevier covers articles submitted from 1 January, 2021 to 31 December 31, 2024.

  • Use your DTU e-mail as the corresponding author
  • Select Gold Open Access to publish your article without publication fee
    NOTE You select Gold Open Access even if you are publishing in a hybrid journal
  • Select a CC-BY license (More about CC licenses)

PilSee the 9 steps for free Open Access publishing (pdf)

On Elsevier's website you will find a series of instructional videos about Gold Open Access
PilHow do I complete the Rights and Access form?

Journals included
As corresponding author DTU researchers can publish free of Open Access charge in some of Elsevier's journals (Elsevier's subscription-covered, hybrid Open Access journals).

Use this link to find journals where you can publish Open Access free of charge. Search for a specific journal title or see all journal on a list using the search button.
PilJournals where you can publish Open Access 

That is:

  • The author does not have to pay article processing charge (APC)
  • The article is published with a CC-BY license *
  • The author retains copyright *
  • The article (Published version) becomes immediately available Open Access
  • The article (Published version) can be archived in DTU Orbit without an embargo period

* Learn more about CC-BY licens and copyright

Journals not included
Gold Open Access journals are not part of the Open Access Agreement with Elsevier. When publishing in journals in this list, as usual, a publishing fee (APC) is charges for you to publish your article as Open Access.
PilGold Open Access journals that you can not publish in free (pdf, list from

80 Hybrid Open Access journals with Elsevier are not covered by the agreement and you will therefore still have to payment of an APC to publish articles Open Access:
PilHybrid Open Access journals not covered by the free publication agreement (pdf)


MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

MDPI is an academic Open Access publisher, and all journals published by MDPI are fully open access. MDPI finance publication through article processing charges (APC).

However, DTU researchers get 10% discount on APC, because DTU has a membership of MDPI.
PilLearn more about MDPI and APC


Portland Press

Because DTU has a subscription to journals from Portland Press, DTU researchers get a discount of 15% on APC, when they decide to publish their article Open Access.
PilLearn more about Open Access publishing with Portland Press


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

Because DTU has a subscription to PNAS DTU researchers get a discount on APC.
PilFind fees for PNAS Open Access publishing


Royal Society

DTU researchers can publish free of charge in all Royal Society journals
PilLearn more

Contact - about APC

For information on Article Processing Charges, APC, at DTU, please send an email to: