Article Processing Charges (APCs)

An article processing charge (APC) is a fee paid to the publisher to make an article freely available online. This called Gold Open Access.

The Library has set up Read and Publish agreements with several publishers. Some allow you to publish your articles open access without requiring further payment to the publisher. Others entitle you to a discounted open access fee / APC.

Please take these agreements into consideration when deciding where to publish.

If your publisher offers free APCs: follow the instructions for your publisher below. You don't need to complete a separate application.

If your publisher offers discounted APCs: you still need to apply to use APC funding.

If your publisher doesn't offer free or discounted APCs: apply to use APC funding.

Publishers with free or discounted APCs

We're participating in the ACS Read and Publish agreement under which the APC costs of 16 articles a year are covered

Journals covered by the agreement

All ACS journals are covered by the agreement.

What you need to do:

  • As the submitting corresponding author, select University of Kent from the dropdown box in Paragon Plus and use your Kent email address.
  • Confirm that your University of Kent affiliation is stated in the body of your manuscript.
  • Follow the steps outlined in ACS’ How to Publish Open Access for authors covered under a Read and Publish agreement webpage.
  • The Library will receive notification that an article is waiting for approval.
  • Once approved, the article will be made open with a CC-BY license.

You don't need to make a separate application to use APC funds.

Any questions?

Email researchsupport@kent.ac.uk

The content for all 51 Annual Reviews journals is invited. They don't accept submitted articles and they do not use an APC model. 

If you are invited to publish in any of their Subscribe to Open journals, your article will be Open Access

From January 2021, all articles published in IET journals will be fully Open Access – free to read, download and share, and subject to a CC-BY licence.

Content published from 2013 up until the year of the transition will show as Free Access. This means that all copyrighted content published from 2013 will be free to access, download and share, but will not be subject to a CC-BY licence.

IET is now part of the Wiley Read and Publish agreement. Please follow the Wiley instructions for a free APC

We're participating in the Portland Press Read and Publish scheme.

Journals covered by the agreement

If you're a University of Kent corresponding author publishing in any of the seven Portland Press journals your article will be Open Access without you needing to acquire separate funding:

What you need to do:

  • Use Portland’s FAQs
  • confirm that you're the corresponding author
  • confirm that you're affiliated with the University of Kent
  • use your Kent email address (not your private email address) to be identified as eligible under the agreement.
  • use a CCBY licence.

You don't need to make a separate application to use APC funds.

Any questions?

Email researchsupport@kent.ac.uk

We're participating in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Read and Publish scheme under which the APC costs of 11 articles a year are covered

Journals covered by the agreement

If you're a Kent corresponding author and your article is accepted by any of the RSC hybrid journals it will be Open Access without you needing to acquire separate funding.

Not covered by the agreement

APCs for articles in these RSC pure Gold Open Access journals are not covered by the agreement.

What you need to do:

  • follow the “When you are ready to publish” instructions on RSC’s Read and Publish scheme page
  • confirm that you're the corresponding author
  • confirm that you're affiliated with the University of Kent
  • use your Kent email address (not your private email address) to be identified as eligible under the agreement
  • use a CCBY licence.

You don't need to make a separate application to use APC funds.

Any questions?

Email researchsupport@kent.ac.uk

We're participating in JISC’s Read and Publish agreement with Sage

Journals covered by the agreement

If you're a Kent corresponding author and your article is accepted by a journal in one of the collections below, it will be Open Access without you needing to acquire separate funding:

Not covered by the agreement

APCs for articles in Sages’ Pure Gold Open Access journals aren't covered, but a 20% discount is available. If you wish to publish in these journals you'll need to apply for APC funding.

What you need to do:

  • follow these instructions from Sage under "Subscription journals"
  • confirm that you're the corresponding author
  • confirm that you're affiliated with the University of Kent
  • use your Kent email address (not your private email address) to be identified as eligible
  • use a CCBY licence

You don't need to make a separate application to use APC funds.

Any questions?

Email researchsupport@kent.ac.uk

We are participating in the Springer Compact agreement.

Journals covered by the agreement

If you're a University of Kent corresponding author publishing in one of these hybrid OpenChoice journals (Excel spreadsheet) your article will be Open Access by default.

Not covered by the agreement

APCs for articles in these Springer Open Access journals or in these BioMed Central Open Access journals or in the Nature titles are not covered by the agreement.

What you need to do:

  • follow these instructions from Springer
  • confirm that you're the corresponding author
  • confirm that you're affiliated with the University of Kent
  • use your Kent email address (not your private email address) to be identified as eligible under the agreement
  • use a CC-BY licence.

You don't need to make a separate application to use APC funds.

Any questions?

Email researchsupport@kent.ac.uk

We're taking part in Wiley’s JISC agreement. APC costs will be taken from a shared fund for participating UK Jisc institutions.

Journals covered by the agreement

If you're a Kent corresponding author and your article is accepted by one of the journals below, it will be Open Access without you needing to acquire separate funding:

What you need to do

You don't need to make a separate application to use APC funds.

What's not covered

Additional publisher costs, such as page or colour charges, are not covered by any of these agreements or by the APC fund.

Apply for APC funding

From December 2020 we're unable to support any more APCs until further notice, as current funds are depleted. We'll update this information when we have received confirmation about future funding.

Please check if any of the publishers with free APCs apply to your article.

We can still add your author accepted manuscript to KAR: this is sufficient to meet UKRI and REF requirements.

Criteria you need to meet

You need to meet all of these criteria:

  • your work is funded by a member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) or your research is highly rated by your school and the journal is an Open Access journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals;
  • you're a Kent staff member or research postgraduate;
  • you are the author who enters into the contract with the publisher and agrees the terms under which the article will be used in future;
  • the article has been accepted for publication (pre-prints will be considered if intended to be published in a fully Open Access journal);
  • you are applying within 2 months of publication;
  • the article is published under a CC BY licence; and
  • the University of Kent is given as the institutional affiliation.

How to apply

If it's a joint paper, only apply if you are the author who is entering into the contract with the publisher; if that's someone else, they need to apply for the APC at their home institution.

You need this information:

  • project title
  • article title
  • author names, with lead author defined
  • title of intended journal
  • funder and grant reference number
  • cost (where possible)
  • confirmation by email from your Head of School/Director of Research that your work is classed as 3* or 4*; this has to be an objective assessment, and the person who provides it must not be an author of the article concerned
Apply for APC funding

What happens next?

We'll email you with a reference number and lead you through the rest of the process.

When your article is accepted

Don't rely on your application for an APC being successful to meet the Open Access requirements for the REF. As soon as your article is accepted you should:

  1. deposit your author accepted manuscript in KAR and check Sherpa Romeo for embargo information.
  2. if an embargo is needed, choose the "restrict to repository staff only" option and set the embargo when the article gets published - see the summary guide (pdf) for help.
  3. if in any doubt, email researchsupport@kent.ac.uk for advice.

When your article gets published

If you're successful with your application for an APC:

  1. view the journal online and check that the publisher has applied the APC and that the article is Open Access
  2. upload the Version of Record to KAR, apply a Creative Commons license and tick the "Article Processing Charge" box in the KAR record.

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