Book processing charges (BPCs)
A book processing charge (BPC) is a fee paid to the publisher to make a book freely available online. This called Gold Open Access.
The University of Kent has a small fund for making books Open Access.
Before you apply
If you want to make your book Gold Open Access we encourage you to apply for a BPC. It will be useful for the application if you meet these criteria:
- you're a Kent staff member
- you've discussed your plans with your Director of Research and they'll confirm that:
- your research is highly rated by your School (equivalent to 3* or 4* in the last REF)
- your work would benefit from being Open Access
- you're the author who enters into the contract with the publisher and agrees the terms under which the article will be used in future
- your book has been accepted for publication
- you are happy for your book to be published under a CC BY licence
You'll also need to enter the publication details into KAR and upload the full text.
What happens next?
We'll email you with a reference number and lead you through the rest of the process.
When the book gets published
If you're successful with your application for a BPC:
- view the book online and check that it's accessible
- enter the details in KAR and tick the "Article Processing Charge" box in the record
- upload the full text of your work to KAR, apply a Creative Commons license
You should also:
- keep an eye on the download statistics provided at the bottom of the front page of the entry in KAR
- check that the book appears in the Directory of Open Access Books
- consider promoting the book on social media and tools like Kudos
- see if you can get evidence of impact: check if Altmetric is tracking the book - see this Altmetrics for books blog post for more information.