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Research and PhD Support

What is an APC?

An Article Processing Charge (APC) is a fee charged by a publisher to an individual wishing to publish an Open Access article. When the APC is paid, the published article will be available via Gold Open Access and so anyone can read it without paying a subscription fee. 

This is different to Green OA, in which there is no charge but the published version will not be OA and the accepted version must be deposited in a repository.

Some journals are Hybrid; they allow you to publish for free and make your article OA via your institutional repository - or they ask you to pay an APC to make your work immediately available. Please note that funding is not usually available for Hybrid publishing.

You can apply for the cost of an APC to be covered by the Library. Please fill in the APC request form, including the reason why you would like to publish Gold rather than Green OA. Return the form to your Director of Research for approval.

Please note that you should submit this form before your article has been accepted to ensure that there are enough funds to cover your APC.

Discounted APCs

We have agreements with the following publishers, which may mean that your APC is discounted or free. Click on the links below for a list of journals included in these offers.

BioMed Central

An account code is required to use this scheme. Please fill in the APC request form before submission and if your request is successful we will supply the code and process the discounted payment.

Springer Open

An account code is required to use this scheme. Please fill in the APC request form before submission and if your request is successful we will supply the code and process the discounted payment.

Springer Open Choice (hybrid)

Open Choice journals have a waived APC. When your article has been accepted, please select Leeds Beckett as your institution and you will receive confirmation that your charge has been reduced to £0.

Sage Choice (hybrid)

Sage Premier

Sage journals have a reduced APC of £200.


You may also be entitled to a personal discount or waiver. This may be because you have published with the journal previously, you have peer-reviewed for the journal or it may be based on your location and the location of your co-authors. 

We understand that publishing your work is an exciting and personal choice. These discounted journals are only some of the many publishing options available to you; your Academic Librarian can offer subject-specific support and guidance on choosing where to publish.

Please contact us if you have any questions about a discounted APC or are unsure whether your chosen journal is covered.

Meet the team

Adele Pease

Repository Support Administrator

Jennifer Bayjoo 

Information Services Librarian

Contact us

0113 812 4731

openaccess@leedsbeckett.ac.uk