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Article-processing Charges

What does APC stand for and what are they for?

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APC stands for article-processing charge. As you may be aware, publishing open access is not without costs. SpringerOpen defrays those costs from APCs, because it does not have subscription charges for its content, believing instead that immediate, world-wide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of articles is in the best interests of the scientific community.

For more information, please visit our APC FAQ.

How much are your APCs and what do they cover?

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Our article-processing charges vary by journal and, in some instances, by article type.  These charges relate to any individual article accepted in-principle for publication; there is no charge just to submit. 

The APC includes an unlimited (unless otherwise required by the journal, which can be checked in its Submission Guidelines) number of words, photos, graphs and tables and is a flat charge; no additional costs are incurred, for example, by the inclusion of colour figures or a longer manuscript.

For more information, please visit our APC FAQ.

Can I request a discount for my submission?

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You will be able to request a discount at the "APC Agreement" stage of the submission process.

You will be able to either:

  1. Agree to pay the full amount of Article-processing Charge (APC)
  2. Request a waiver
  3. Indicate the name of the institution you are affiliated to in order to request an institutional discount (depending on the institution's membership type and its own internal criteria)

If you submit a request for a waiver or institutional discount, you will receive an email informing you that your request has been received and that the submission cannot be completed until we make a decision. You are not required to respond anything to this email.

We aim to make a decision on your discount request within two working days. Once that decision is made, you will be contacted by email to complete your submission.

Can I have a discount for a shorter manuscript?

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Article-processing charges are the same regardless of the article’s length. As an online publisher the number of words, or the inclusion of figures does not affect the cost of producing an article. While this means that we do not charge extra for longer articles and place no limit on the number of figures, it also means that we cannot offer discounts for shorter pieces.

More information about our APCs can be found here.

Is my institution is a SpringerOpen Member?

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Please visit the list of SpringerOpen Members to determine whether your institution is a Member.

For further information on specific authors’ eligibility or the discount applicable, please contact our Global Open Research Support Team.

Can I request an institutional discount based on a co-author’s affiliation?

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Only the corresponding author's affiliation is taken into account when granting institutional discounts.  If you wish to take advantage of your co-author's membership status, you will need to make this co-author the corresponding author.

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