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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

APC Funding: 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. 

APC Discounts and Waivers from Read & Publish: The UCF Libraries has several ”Read & Publish” agreements with major publishers that covers the APC for UCF authors.  The Libraries pays a yearly subscription fee bundled with waivers for some or all APCs for articles from UCF authors. See the list of current Read & Publish agreements below.

Publisher Resources Included Resource Type Discount Available
American Chemical Society (ACS) All ACS subscription journals Hybrid OA journals $250 (in addition to membership discount)
Cambridge University Press All CUP Journals with an OA option
  • Full OA journals
  • Hybrid OA journals
100% (no cost to author)
IGI Global All IGI Global e-Collections Hybrid OA journals 100% (no cost to author) 
Portland Press All Portland Press subscription journals
  • Full OA journals
  • Hybrid OA journals
100% (no cost to author)

UCF Libraries strives to keep the information about current university-supported APC funds, APC discounts, and Read & Publish options as current as possible. Should you notice any errors, changes, or have questions about current Open Access publishing support, please contact Scholarly Communication Librarian, Sarah Norris