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OAK for Authors

As an academic, publishing your research is an exciting time, but it comes with many additional tasks. The Open Access Key (OAK) payment platform eases the administrative burden of paying and managing author publication charges. It has been designed to save you time and effort.

If you're new to OAK and want to find out how to manage your next author publication charge, watch our quick-start video guide below or read our step-by-step OAK user guide for authors.



We have built a workflow tool to reduce the stress of administrative and financial management of your publication charge payments.

You can manage your payments online through a secure account. Payments can be made with major credit cards, Paypal, invoices, or even directly by your university or research funder account.

Accessing your account will display your publication records as well as any payment transactions connected to them.

Your account is unique to you and will remain constant throughout your career if you take up new short-term sabbatical or permanent positions.

We have established the OAK platform to provide essential functionality to help manage your publication charges, and in addition we have introduced, and will continue to introduce, new features to help support your workflow.

  • Linking to your university account, or research funding organisation. If your university has an OAK account, you can link to them – this will reduce the communication you might currently have with fund managers or repository administrators. The OAK system can automate notifications or other internal institutional administrational requirements on your behalf.
  • You can choose to divide your publication charges with your collaborating colleagues allowing everyone to contribute financially using our online platform to dramatically reduce the stress of managing this task.

And once you have registered you will be able to return to your account at anytime and your options will be the identical for any OAK partner publisher you are submitting to.

Register for an OAK author account here and explore what it can do for you today.

Remember: it's free to open an individual author account.