Gold Open Access

Gold open access is a way of publishing in open peer-reviewed journals. Access to full texts is provided by the publisher, not the author. 

To publish via gold open access, following steps need to be taken.

Step 1: Find a suitable open access journal to publish in

Currently, there are thousands of open access journals in various fields and areas. But apart from the specialization, these magazines also differ in their chosen business model. There are three basic models of open access journals: 

Journals of which content is available free of charge after the expiration of the embargo are not considered to be open access – they do not meet the condition of immediate access. 

You can use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) database to find a suitable open journal to publish your article or to search for relevant literature. 

For new / unknown titles, we strongly advise you to check whether it is a predatory journal

Step 2: Make sure you have the opportunity to get funds for the publication fee

Publication fees/article processing charges (APC) are associated with a paid open access journal model and hybrid journals. The fee varies from title to title; field differences are also significant. 

APCs can be covered from a grant or a research project budget (costs of open publishing for the duration of the grant are eligible for example in H2020, ERC, Czech Ministery of Education etc.), or from workplace resources (if funds have been set aside for this purpose). 

Discounts for CU authors

AAAS - Science | ACS | IEEE | Karger | LWW | MDPI | RSC | SCOAP3 | Taylor&Francis

AAAS – Science

  • Corresponding (or paying) authors of Charles University have the opportunity to gain a 15% discount on the price of the APC publication fee in Science Advances journal (ISSN 2375-2548). The discount is valid for all types of articles with a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license.

American Chemical Society

  • Thanks to the ACS Publications subscription, all Charles University authors are entitled to a discount of 250 USD on the APC basic price. Additional discount can be given to those authors who are also members of the ACS Membership Program.

  • For more information on publishing fee discounts, please visit ACS Open Access website (“Member discounts” section) or consult the official price list​.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Thanks to a subscription to the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL) through the National Centre for Electronic Information Resources (CzechELib), CU authors can gain vouchers for publishing fees from this publisher. The National Consortium has 5 vouchers per year and the redistribution of these discount tokens is based on the first come, first served principle. 

  • To use a voucher, the author must register with the RightsLink Author (the author’s handbook is available) and be correctly assigned to institution 37740: Charles University (CU). CzechELib will then contact the contact person at Charles University and confirm validity of the token. Then, a request for the APC funding from available tokens will be approved (until they are exhausted). 

Karger Publishers

  • The subscription to the Karger Journals within the national consortium coordinated by CzechELib for 2020-22 includes the entitlement of correspondent authors from Charles University to fully waive open access publishing fees (APC and Authors Choice) for publishing in both Full Open Access and Hybrid journals (titles with “Author’s ChoiceTM” service) by Karger Publishers. 

  • To qualify for free OA publishing, select “Eligible” in the publisher’s publishing system under the section Open Access Agreements > Eligibility Declaration and specify the name of the institution (Charles University).

  • It is also necessary to prove the affiliation of the correspondent author with Charles University by one of 3 possibilities:

    • Providing an e-mail of a corresponding author from the domain (ie a working e-mail) 

    • Providing a persistent identifier (eg ORCID) where the author has affiliation with Charles University in the profile, in the article metadata 

    • Showing affiliation to Charles University in article metadata 

  • For guidance on the submission process, see the attached presentation (for open access see slide 9-10). 

  • For a detailed description of the conditions for waiving payment for publishing in open access mode with Karger Publishers for Charles University, see the license agreement (p. 34 – Appendix E: Workflow for Open Access Publishing) and further information you can find on the webiste in Funding and Institutional Open Access Agreements

  • In the event that you, as a corresponding author of an open access article accepted for publication after January 8, 2020 in one of the fully open or hybrid journals from Karger Publishers paid a publication fee, Charles University has the right to refund payments made. For assistance with a refund request, please contact the Open Science Support Centre.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

  • The subscription to the Lippincott Williams & Wilkins High Impact Collection under the CzechELib Project for 2020-22 includes the right to waive a total of 5 (five) open access publication fees (APCs) to publish articles by corresponding authors from medical faculties of Charles University (1st, 2nd and 3rd Faculty of Medicine, faculties of Medicine in Hradec Králové and in Plzeň) in fully open and hybrid journals of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins / Wolters Kluwer Health. The redistribution of these discount tokens among authors from eligible faculties works on the principle of “first come, first served” (until exhausted). 

  • If you have your article accepted for publication in one of the LWW journals and would like to use a voucher to cover the costs of an open access fee, contact the Open Science Support Centre.


  • Charles University is a member of the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP), so all CU authors are eligible for a 10 % APC discount in all MDPI journals. 

  • As the last step when submitting a manuscript to a journal, the author has the chance to check if they are eligible for a discount under IOAP. The program is pre-selected when the author uses an institutional email address (domain: 

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

  • Corresponding authors of Charles University can take advantage of a 15% discount on the APC publication fee for hybrid journals published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (all RSC titles except gold open access journals and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP)).

  • The discount will be automatically added when the author's affiliation to the institution is recognized through the institutional e-mail address (domain:


  • SCOAP3 is an international consortium of libraries and research centers in the field of particle physics operating under the auspices of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Thanks to the involvement of Charles University, CU authors can publish articles in the field of particle physics in selected scientific peer-reviewed journals free of charge

  • All SCOAP3-funded articles are made available on the publishers' platforms and in the SCOAP3 repository after publication. 

Taylor and Francis

  • Corresponding authors of Charles University can use the voucher to waive the open access publication fee (APC) for selected hybrid journals (the journal must be included in the list from Appendix G of the license agreement) published by Taylor & Francis.

  • The maximum number of vouchers (publication cap) for Charles University is 60 for 2022.

  • IMPORTANT: After reaching the publication cap, the institutional voucher can no longer be used and an invoice will issued by the publisher and sent to the author. Reaching the limit will be announced on the Open Science Support Centre website.

  • How to apply for the APC voucher step by step:

    • The right of the corresponding author to use the voucher to cover the open access publication fee is recognized on the basis of an affiliation to the institution, an e-mail from the domain, or the ORCID identifier.

    • After the article undergoes a peer-review and is accepted for publication in the selected journal, the author receives an e-mail informing him about the possibility of publishing the article in open access mode and that the request can be made through the Quotation service.

    • The author will then receive a second e-mail inviting them to sign the Author Publishing Agreement. Here, the author has the option to choose to make the article available in open access mode (“Do you want to make your article open access for anyone to read online? - Yes”).

    • After selecting the OA option, the author is asked to fill in basic information about the correspondent author. NOTE: Here it is necessary to choose the right institution to which the author has an affiliation (Charles University).

    • All supported articles will be published under a Creative Commons license. The author can choose between CC BY, CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND licenses. The Centre strongly recommends choosing a CC-BY license, which in the broadest sense supports the principles of open access.

  • Changes / Notes:

    • The title Tang Studies (ISSN 1759-7633) has passed to another Publisher, therefore it is not possible to use tokens for it. (2021-05-19)

Step 3: Publish an article to a selected publisher

If you have chosen a suitable open access journal (having verified its quality and in the case of a paid model you have the resources to cover the publication fees), submit a preprint of your article to the editor. 

Once the article is peer reviewed and published, the author no longer has to worry about ensuring open access. In the case of gold open access, the publisher provides it directly on their site. 

To ensure that your article is fully open, we recommend publishing it under a public license. The most common public licenses used not only for scientific articles are internationally known Creative Commons (CC) licenses. With one of the 6 CC Licenses offered, you can outline how you want your published work to be handled and thus allow anyone to use the work under clearly defined conditions. 

If you don’t know which license to use for your publication, use this simple license selection application.

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