An article processing charge (APC) is a fee paid by an author to the publisher to make an article immediately available and openly accessible. Open Access principles promote free (unhindered) availability of research and scholarly output to anyone with an internet connection. However, there are costs involved at every stage of the publishing process, and under the Gold Open Access model, article processing charges are collected from authors to cover these costs. APCs support the publisher's business model where, the cost of publication is moved from the reader (via subscriptions) to the author (via the APC).
At present UQ Library does not cover payment of article processing charges (APC), or any page charges to publish. It may be possible to qualify for a discounted APC charge. Please contact your librarian for more information.
Before you commit to paying an APC there are several things you should consider and some points which you must be aware of in regards to the journal charging for you to publish your research article.
In addition, a review of some of the standard considerations for choosing a journal can assist in deciding whether or not to pay APCs. For example:
Conducting simple checks before you pay can save your money and in some cases, your reputation, if the journal is not credible. If you still have reservations contact your librarian for support.
As a UQ Researcher you can choose to make the author accepted version of your article available via the institutional repository, UQ eSpace under the Green Open Access model and avoid paying ANY article processing charges.
This will satisfy the mandates for Open Access as required by both ARC and NHMRC, and will result in your research being openly available after any embargo periods for the broader community.
Publishing in an open access journal (which may or may not charge an article processing fee) and publishing in a subscription journal which offers hybrid open access (for a fee) are supported under the ARC and NHMRC open access mandates.
Both the ARC and the NHMRC do allow some of their grant allocation to be directed to publications costs. Because project budgets and dissemination pressures vary, funded researchers must decide which open access option is most appropriate for their circumstances.