Open access funding

Open access is supported by authors, who appreciate the increased visibility of their work, as well as academic institutions and funders, which value the societal impact of freely available research.


© PTter Gudella, iStockphotoOpen access publishing costs: available support options

In open access journal publishing, an open access fee or article-processing charge (APC) is paid after peer review and acceptance, making all the content freely available under liberal re-use terms. Likewise, for open access books, a book processing charge (BPC) is paid. Though authors may need to arrange for the payment themselves, they can receive support from numerous institutions and funders, which cover the fees in various ways.