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Open Access

What are Article Processing Charges?

In both traditional and hybrid journals, if an author wants to publish and make their work openly accessible, they will often have to pay a fee, called an Article Processing Charge (APC), to do so. This APC helps off-set publishing and editorial charges that the journal would traditionally get by charging a subscription fee to readers. Prices vary and will depend on the journal.

Article Processing Charge Support at UCF

UCF libraries advocates the Open Access movement, either by building digital collections and intuitional repository (details please visit the “Digital Collections” and “Open Access”), or by systematically evaluating, selecting, and promoting the use of open resources, whether as alternatives or in addition to existing traditional resources. Electronic packages with Read+Publish options are carefully examined if budget permits. However, due to the financial constraints, article processing charges (APC) typically will not be covered by the Libraries.

While UCF Libraries does not support APC funds, the College of Graduate Studies is currently offering the following APC support for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Students. 

  • Open Access Publishing Fund (Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Scholars): The College of Graduate Studies currently offers annual support up to $1,500/year for Article Processing Charges (APCs) for current and recent (within one year of graduation or employment) graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.