Under a traditional publishing model, journal subscribers (such as libraries) absorb the costs of publishing. Various open access alternatives are emerging as a counter to the traditional model. Some of these alternatives involve publication costs instead being charged to the author - costs you will sometimes hear referred to as article processing charges (APCs).
Options for Article Processing Charge Payment
- Grant Funding: If you are requesting external funding for your research, you can often write the cost of APCs into your grant.
- Institutional Funding: Check with your academic department or college to see if there is funding available to pay for an APC.
- Randall Library Open Access Publishing Fund: To help offset the cost of APCs, Randall Library has an open access publishing fund. For those who do not have alternative means of APC funding, we will award up to $2400 to individual UNCW authors to publish your research in an open access publication. Click here for more information and to apply!
Agreements with Publishers
- UNCW authors who publish open access in Karger journals have their APC costs waived.
- UNCW authors who publish open access in Wiley journals have their APC costs waived.
- UNCW authors who publish in SAGE journals receive 10% off the cost of their APCs. To take advantage of this discount, complete the following steps:
For articles accepted for publication in a gold open access journal (a journal in which all content is published open access under a Creative Commons licence – visit the journal’s individual website on SAGE Journals to find out if it’s an open access journal) the author should email APCqueries@sagepub.co.uk when they are asked to arrange payment of the APC. The author should include the following information:
- Article ID
- Article title
- Institutional affiliation and state that they are eligible for the Carolina Consortium 10% discount.
The open access team will verify that the institution is a member of the Carolina Consortium. and will provide the author with a discount code and instructions on how to apply the code at checkout in the payment system.
Alternatively, an increasing number of open access journals do not charge APCs and are free to publish in. A searchable directory of reputable open access journals without APCs can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals.