Article Processing Charges

An Article Processing Charge (APC) is the cost that some publishers charge in order to allow the publisher’s pdf of a journal article to be made freely available, immediately upon publication.  APC’s vary in price, with some as low as £200, and others as high as £5000!

To apply for funds to cover an APC:

1. Contact Library and Learning Services (LLS) (via openaccess@northampton.ac.uk) with the name of the proposed journal and its publisher prior to submitting your article.

2. LLS staff will provide you with further information in relation to costings and alternative routes to open access.

3. Once the publisher has accepted your publication, upload this to NECTAR, ask your Faculty Research Leader or Dean for approval for your article to have the APC paid,  send confirmation of this and the NECTAR ID of your research output to Chris Powis, Head of LLS, who holds the budget for the fund.

4. LLS staff will then liaise with you and the publisher to progress the payment.

5. Once published please check to ensure that your article has been published under a CC-BY Licence and email nectar@northampton.ac.uk informing them of the date of publication.

NOTE:  Licence chosen must be CC-BY – this allows for maximum distribution of your research output, and is a requirement for many funders.

Funds are currently available on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis, pending further discussion by University Research and Enterprise Committee.

If you have any questions about any of this please contact the Open Access team in LLS.