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 the Research Support Team (via with the name of the proposed journal and its publisher prior to submitting your article.

2. Research support 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 the accepted manuscript to PURE and contact the Head of Research Support (via with the PURE ID of your output, and they will then lead you through the copyright transfer process.

4. Once published please check to ensure that your article has been published under a CC-BY Licence and update the record in Pure, add publication date status and put entry back for revalidation, and save.

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 Research Support.

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