An article processing charge (APC) is a fee that publishers charge authors in order to publish an article open access. This fee is sometimes called an Author Processing Charge or an Article Processing Fee.
The Library is aware of the challenge that researchers face when publishers require APCs to publish openly, but we cannot support paying these fees for a few different reasons:
Pinfield, S., Salter, J. and Bath, P.A. (2016) The 'total cost of publication' in a hybrid open-access environment: Institutional approaches to funding journal article-processing charges in combination with subscriptions. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67 (7). pp. 1751-1766. https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.23446
Finding APC Support
People often pursue funding for OA through:
There are also ways of making your research publicly accessible that do not require paying any fees at all, including using scholarly communication tools like Sherpa Romeo to determine journal sharing policies. Sherpa Romeo compiles and summarizes journal policies making it easier for authors to understand what versions of their work that they can freely share (i.e., original submission, peer-reviewed version, publisher's version) and in what locations they can share that work (ArXiv, UDSpace, disciplinary repositories, etc.). Learn more about using Sherpa Romeo here.
Book a consultation with our Digital Publishing and Copyright Librarian, Paige Morgan, to learn more about making your research and publications discoverable to wider audiences without paying APCs.
A Read and Publish agreement, also known as a transformative agreement, is an agreement between an institution and a publisher. Under the agreement, the institution pays an amount to the publisher for access to its journals. In return, the publisher allows researchers from the institution to publish articles in those journals without any costs to the researchers, like article processing charges, or open access fees.
Cambridge University Press
The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press has entered into a read and publish agreement with Cambridge University Press to support Open Access publishing. This means that if you are affiliated with the University of Delaware (or another participating institution), you can publish articles Open Access, at no cost to you, in any of Cambridge University Press's gold and hybrid journals, at least through 2024.
To be eligible, articles must:
For more information, please visit here.