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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:

  1. view the book online and check that it's accessible
  2. enter the details in KAR and tick the "Article Processing Charge" box in the record
  3. 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.



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Last Updated: 09/06/2020