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What is an Article Processing Charge (APC)?

An Article Processing Charge (APC) is a fee charged by publishers to individuals or institutions wishing to publish their article in a journal which uses the Gold Open Access model

The benefit of this model is that anyone can read the research from the publisher's website for free, but the cost of the APC has to be considered too

Please contact your Director of Research in the first instance for guidance on what APC funding is available within your School

How does this differ from other publishing models?

There are currently two other types of Open Access publishing: Green and Hybrid

Green Open Access:

There is no APC charge because the research is not freely available to read from the publisher's website. Instead, the accepted version of the article must be deposited in a repository such as the Leeds Beckett Repository. This version will be made freely available to read online once any publisher embargoes have expired. 

Hybrid Open Access model: 

This is where a journal offers the option of either Green or Gold OA publishing and is increasingly common

Please note that funding is not usually available for publishing Gold in a Hybrid journal and therefore you are advised to take the Green OA route with any Hybrid journals 

Please contact your Director of Research for guidance on what APC funding is available within your School. You can also contact the Research Services Team for general guidance on APCs and Green, Gold & Hybrid publishing.

Meet the Research Services team

Amy Campbell, Jennifer Bayjoo & Lucy Clark

Contact us

0113 812 4731