Oryx is fully open access and all new content is published under a Creative Commons licence. All previous content, back to Volume 1 of 1950, is also freely available.

Oryx is committed to supporting all conservationists, with flexible discounts and waivers available for authors who do not have funds to pay for publication.

  1. Why publish open access?
  2. Is there a charge for publishing in Oryx?
  3. How can authors obtain funding for publication?
  4. Can authors without funds publish in Oryx?
  5. What other support is Oryx receiving to cover the costs of publication?
  6. What does open access mean for members of Fauna & Flora International?

Why publish open access?

Open access publishing under a Creative Commons licence makes scholarly research permanently and freely available to view, download and share. Depending on the licence chosen, readers may also redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works. This allows scientists, practitioners, journalists, policy makers and members of the general public to read, download and share journal content freely, ensuring that everybody can benefit from and build upon the work. This improves the impact, reach and citation of open access publications.

To help secure biodiversity and the environment, conservation research needs to be read and shared widely, without barriers to access. By making content available freely online, Oryx supports conservation scientists and practitioners globally and helps to maximize the impact of vital research that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice. Since Oryx transitioned to open access in January 2021, the monthly number of views and downloads of articles has approximately tripled.

Is there a charge for publishing in Oryx?

Like most open access journals, Oryx is in part funded through article processing charges, usually paid by authors’ institutions or funders. We don’t expect authors to pay article processing out of their own pocket. Many authors are covered by institutional agreements, meaning there is no publishing charge for individual authors. Authors not covered by such agreements who don’t have access to funds to pay an article processing charge can request a waiver.

The article processing charge for publishing in Oryx in 2022 is £1,950/$2,950 (£975/$1,475 for Short Communications). Upon acceptance for publication the corresponding author will be contacted by RightsLink on behalf of Cambridge University Press, who will administer the collection of the article processing charge. At that stage the corresponding author can pay by credit card or arrange for an invoice to be issued to their funding body or institution.

Find out about ways to secure funding to pay this charge, and about our flexible discounts and waivers .

How can authors obtain funding for publication?

Read & Publish agreements
Cambridge University Press has made a number of Read & Publish agreements that cover the article processing charges for authors from affiliated institutions. Please check if you are eligible to publish under one of these agreements.

Funding bodies
Your funding body may have funds available specifically for paying article processing charges, or money that can be used for this purpose. Please check your agreement with them. You may also consult the SHERPA Juliet resource, which allows you to browse for this information by funding body.

Your institution may have funding available to cover article processing charges. This is not always well advertised, so check with your institution’s library or research services department whether there are any funds for which you may be eligible.

SSC–Oryx Partnership Fund
The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has a partnership with Oryx to cover the open access publication costs of papers authored by SSC members. To qualify, the first or corresponding author must be an SSC member, their SSC affiliation must be included in the author details, and the manuscript must report research carried out as part of the work of the SSC group they engage with. Qualifying authors need to provide the relevant details when submitting their manuscript.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition maintains a resource listing institutions in the USA that cover article processing charges.

Other resources
The Open Access Directory includes a list of open access publication funding bodies and institutions.

Can authors without funds publish in Oryx?

Yes, absolutely—lack of funds is no barrier to publishing in Oryx!

Although scholarly publishing and research funding are increasingly moving towards open access, many authors do not have sufficient funds to cover the article processing charge in full. Oryx is committed to supporting its broad and diverse author community, with automatic discounts and waivers available to researchers from developing countries, based on the Research4Life eligibility list. Corresponding authors from institutions in Group A countries will receive a full waiver and those from Group B countries a 50% discount, without the need to apply for a waiver.

In addition, corresponding authors from institutions included in one of Cambridge University Press’ Read & Publish agreements will not pay an article processing charge, or will pay a reduced fee (depending on the agreement). If you are covered by one of these agreements, the processing charge will be automatically waived or discounted after acceptance of your article—there is no need to apply for a waiver.

Authors who do not qualify for these automatic waivers but do not have sufficient funds can apply to Cambridge University Press for an ad-hoc discount or waiver, using a straightforward online form. Oryx provides flexible discounts, allowing authors to contribute to the costs of publication based on their individual funding situation.

Please see the Guidelines for authors for full details.

What other support is Oryx receiving to cover the costs of publication?

Transitional funding from the Rufford Foundation
The Rufford Foundation is a major long-term supporter of Oryx, and also funded the development of the journal’s Writing for Conservation guide. The Foundation recognizes the value of open access publishing and the special role that Oryx plays in building capacity and enabling researchers to publish their research no matter where they live or work, and is supporting the journal’s transition to open access. This grant from The Rufford Foundation also allows us to make historical content freely available: volumes 1–54 of Oryx (1950–2020) are now free to access.

Other donors and individual supporters
Oryx is grateful for the support of additional donors such as the John Spedan Lewis Foundation and Thriplow Charitable Trust, and of individual members of Fauna & Flora International, whose subscriptions grant exclusive access to print copies and/or a magazine-style online view of the journal.

What does open access mean for members of Fauna & Flora International?

Members of Fauna & Flora International who have opted to receive Oryx will continue to receive print copies and/or an online magazine view of each issue, depending on their personal preference. The support of our members remains vital for Oryx, especially now that the journal is open access and no longer funded via library subscriptions. Membership contributions allow us to support all conservationists, no matter where they live or work.
An additional member benefit is a 15% discount on the article processing charge to publish in Oryx.