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Open Access

A guide to open access for Macalester faculty, staff, students.

Article Processing Charges (APC) for open access journals

An article processing charge (APC), also known as a publication fee, is a fee which is often charged to authors to make a work available open access in either an open access journal or a hybrid journal (mix of open access and “by subscription/purchase only” articles). This fee may be paid by the author, the author's institution, or their research funder. 

The library has a limited fund to cover the costs for article processing charges (APCs) for publishing an article so that it is openly accessible. In providing free, online access to Macalester scholarship, open access publishing facilitates putting works from new and early career scholars in front of a wider audience, increasing readership and additional citations, worldwide. The library has set priorities in order to expand the impact of the limited APC funds for early career researchers and for students conducting collaborative research with faculty:

  • Faculty-student or staff-student co-authored works are given highest priority.
  • Scholarship of early career researchers, for example, but not limited to Doctoral Fellows, Invited Professors, and pre-tenured faculty are prioritized over faculty that have obtained full tenure.

Learn more about the APC fund guidelines, requirements, and responsibilities: APC Fund 2022-23 Guidelines


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