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Open Access Publishing @ Wits: Emerald

This LibGuide provides useful information about Open Access at Wits including the Wits Article Processing Charge (APC) fund, as well as Transformative OA agreements that apply to Wits authors

Emerald Read & Publish 2022-2024

  • SANLiC (South African National Library & Information Consortium) has negotiated an agreement with Emerald Publishing to support Open Access publishing.

  • As a member of SANLiC, Wits has signed an agreement with Emerald Publishing for the period 2022-2024.

  • The Read & Publish agreement allows corresponding authors from Wits University to publish a capped number of articles as Open Access free of charge in hybrid and fully open access Emerald Journals Wits University subscribes to. The caps apply to all participating SANLiC members and work on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • The caps (for the consortium as a whole) on the number of articles that can be published at no extra charge for the years of the agreement are:

2022 = 116

2023 = 140

2024 = 165

Emerald Read & Publish 2022-2024



Emerald has partnered with the SANLIC Consortium to provide participating institutions in South Africa with an agreed number of APC vouchers.

  • Eligibility – If you are an author based at a participating institution (Wits is a participating institution) you are eligible for an APC voucher which will be allocated at the point of which your article is accepted. Vouchers are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Where you can use your APC voucher – Vouchers can be used for publishing in Emerald's hybrid and fully open access journals, and on their open access platform, Emerald Open Research.
  • How to use your APC voucher – When publishing in a journal, simply select the option to publish open access when submitting your article on scholar one. When publishing on Emerald Open Research, your eligibility will automatically be recognised and applied.
  • Always use your institutional email address when submitting your work as this enables Emerald to recognise your eligibility.