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.
Please contact your Director of Research for guidance on APC funding available in your School.
We have agreements with the following publishers which may mean your APC is discounted or free:
You may also be entitled to a personal APC discount or waiver. This may be because you have published with the journal previously, you are a peer-reviewer for the journal, or because of your location or the location of your co-authors.
Open Access (OA) means that items of scholarly work are made available online, in a digital format, at no charge to the reader and with limited restrictions on re-use.
There are two main routes to Open Access:
Many journals now operate a hybrid model where only some of the articles are freely available to read but a subscription is still required to read the remainder.
Hybrid journals will offer the choice of paying an APC in order to provide immediate OA from the publisher's website (Gold OA). Otherwise you can follow the Green route by publishing in the subscription part of the journal - and making your work Open Access through the Repository.