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Article Processing Charges (APCs): Home

A guide to assist with the understanding of how Article Processing Charges (APCs) advance Open Access Publishing. The guide also covers Transformative Agreements with certain publishers

Publication fees for open access journals: Different disciplines-different methods

Publication fees for open access journals: Different disciplines-different methods

Many authors appear to think that most open access (OA) journals charge authors for their publications. This brief communication examines the basis for such beliefs and finds it wanting. Indeed, in this study of over 9,000 OA journals included in the Directory of Open Access Journals, only 28% charged authors for publishing in their journals. This figure, however, was highest in various disciplines in medicine (47%) and the sciences (43%) and lowest in the humanities (4%) and the arts (0%).