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Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs)

What are Article Processing Charges (APCs)?

Article Processing Charges (APCs) are charged to authors of scholarly articles during the publication process.  APCs are used by open access journals in lieu of subscription fees that libraries and readers traditionally have paid to gain access to research articles. APCs can range anywhere from several hundred dollars to more than $10,000 depending upon the journal. 

APCs shift the cost burden from the reader to the author. 

APCs should not be confused with page charges long associated with both print and digital publications. Page charges are used to cover administrative costs as well as the cost of print publication, but do not make the article available in an open access (OA) model.