Publishing open access with Taylor & Francis

At Taylor & Francis we aim to offer authors choice in their route to publishing, and that includes when they choose to publish open access (OA) with us. Whilst there are many different definitions of OA, Taylor & Francis authors can choose to publish either “gold” or “green” OA in our journals.

What’s gold OA?

Gold OA means that the final published version of your article (or Version of Record) is permanently and freely available online for anyone anywhere to read. There are usually no restrictions, or few restrictions, on how people can reuse your work (and they must credit you if they do so).

What’s green OA?

Green OA refers to self-archiving of your article, and often applies to earlier versions of your paper. Find out more about green OA at Taylor and Francis at Sharing your work.

Why publish OA?

Publishing gold OA in a Taylor & Francis journal guarantees:

  • A wide choice of journals to publish in, ranging across disciplines and subject areas.
  • Input from, and dialog with, expert editors and editorial boards.
  • Rigorous peer review for every open-access article.
  • Rapid online publication.
  • Immediate access to your article on publication, accessible by anyone, anywhere.
  • High visibility and discoverability via Taylor & Francis Online.
  • Global marketing and publicity, ensuring your article reaches the people you want it to.
  • Article metrics (downloads, citations, and Altmetric data) for your article including in My Authored Works, so you can measure its impact.
  • Retention of full copyright of your article through unrestrictive publishing agreements.
  • Guaranteed legacy preservation of your article.
  • Discounts and waivers for authors in developing regions.


Read our five minute factsheets (on Publishing open access and Open access and funding) for a quick introduction to publishing open access, what it offers researchers, some of the key terms, funding options, plus more.

Taylor & Francis Open and Routledge Open

Every article published in our Open journals is published as gold OA. This is usually after payment of an article publishing charge (APC), and the majority of these journals use Creative Commons licenses. Browse our growing list of Open journals.

Taylor & Francis Open Select and Routledge Open Select

Open Select provides you, your institution, or your funder with the option to make an article gold OA in one of our subscription-based journals (hybrid OA). This option is made available once an article has been accepted, and usually requires the payment of an article publishing charge (APC).

This initiative currently encompasses most titles published under the Routledge and Taylor & Francis imprints, offering you a huge choice across subjects and disciplines.

Watch publishing OA with Taylor & Francis:

Checking your OA options

All the information on OA options across all Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals can be found in our OA journal finder. You can use this page to check:

  • Which of our journals offer Gold OA
  • What the current APC is on specific journals
  • What the green OA embargo periods are on our journals
  • Which licenses you can publish under

Understanding article publishing charges

An article publishing charge (APC) is applicable for authors publishing in most Taylor & Francis Open and Routledge Open journals. These are lower than the standard Open Select APC. APCs vary by journal and are subject to occasional special offers. Please check the instructions for authors on the journal’s web page to confirm the current APC (please note that this charge is exclusive of tax).

Our standard article publishing charge (APC) for our subscription-based Open Select journals is:

£1,788 | €2,150 | $2,950 (excluding tax), though this does vary.

View all Open Select journals, with APC information.

Peer review is carried out separately from the invoicing and APC process. Please note that academic editors, board members, and reviewers have no involvement with the invoicing process and can’t grant waivers.

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Author FAQs

Do I have to pay to publish my work in an Open Select title?

No. If you don’t pay the APC then your work will be published behind the subscription paywall. You can still make your work OA on a green OA basis.

Can the APC be discounted or waived?


A number of institutions have signed up to an open access membership scheme with us, which means that you may be eligible to have your APC covered by your institution, or be entitled to a discount on the APC (details on how to confirm your eligibility will be emailed to you when your article is accepted). View a list of current partners and further information.

If you are publishing in one of our hybrid (Open Select) journals  you may be entitled to a reduced APC if your institution is a member of one of our local offset agreements. We currently have local offset agreements in the UK through Jisc Collections and Germany through Friedrich-Althoff-Konsortium e.V. (FWF), the regional consortium for Berlin and Brandenburg. Please speak to your librarian to find out more.

Authors publishing in our fully open access Taylor & Francis or Routledge Open journals are eligible to apply for a full or partial waiver of the appropriate APC if they are based in countries classified by Research4Life. Corresponding authors based in a Band A country can apply for a full waiver; corresponding authors based in a Band B country can apply for a 50% discount. We also offer waivers and discounts on the APC in our fully Open journals to corresponding authors based in EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Network countries.

Waivers may also be considered in exceptional cases. If you are not based in a country classified by Research4Life or EIFL and are requesting a waiver, you should state this when you submit your article. Your request should include details of the affiliation and country of residence of all authors, details of where the research was conducted, and confirmation of all research grant funding received.

Please note that in order to guarantee peer-review integrity, the waiver process is not managed by journal academic editors.

Could I be eligible for funding?

Your research funder or host institution may have funding available for OA publication fees – please contact them for further information.

How do I pay?

For our Open Select journals, after your article has been accepted you will receive an email that explains the steps you should take if you wish to make your article available on a gold OA basis.

For our Taylor & Francis Open and Routledge Open journals, the corresponding author of the paper will receive an invoice on acceptance of their article (after peer review), outlining the APC and payment terms.

Are any taxes applicable?

Authors resident in any of the countries of the European Union have to add U.K. Value-Added Tax (currently 20%). Institutions outside the U.K. paying the fee on behalf of the author and who provide their VAT registration number will not be charged U.K. VAT.

Under what circumstances are refunds made?

Before publication: If Taylor & Francis reasonably considers that the article should not be published, on the advice of our legal counsel, we may decline to publish the article, in which case we would refund the OA article publishing charge.

After publication: If Taylor & Francis reasonably considers that the article should be retracted or removed from our website (for example, because of a breach in author warranties), we may retract and withdraw it, and in such case will be under no obligation to refund the OA article publishing charge.