Answered By: Research & Instruction Services
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2022     Views: 22

An Article Processing Charge (APC) is the fee to publish in some open access journals. (Not all open access journals or publishers charge a fee to publish an article.) Some departments and the Provost office have assisted faculty with APCs in the past, but that is no longer the case.  

Assistance with APC fees:The University Libraries have an agreement with publishers to waive APCs in certain journals they publish. Currently, the three publishers with such agreements are Wiley, Cambridge University Press, and Elsevier. 

  • Wiley: Our agreement with Wiley covers hybrid journals, and does not cover Gold Open Access Journals. Check Wiley Article Publication Charges for Hybrid Open Access Journals list. Texas State University Article publication charges (APCs) for primary research and review articles published by corresponding authors affiliated with TXST will be covered. To qualify, articles must be published open access in a hybrid journal and must have been accepted on or after 10 January 2022.
  • Cambridge University Press: Fill out their Open Access Waivers and Discounts form, entering "United States" and "Texas State University",  to get a list of all the journals covered.
  • Elsevier: Our agreement offers a 15% discount on APC for Gold OA titles and 10% for Hybrid. Our Elsevier Subscription Agreement states that according to Schedule 3, Elsevier-Gold and Hybrid Open Access Pilot for TLCUA Member University:
    • "The single author who manages the publication process for an article from submission to post acceptance and corresponds with the Publisher on the same that is Corresponding authors affiliated with the [TLCUA Member University] ("Institution") shall be referred to as "Corresponding Author(s)" and are each granted the right during the term of the Agreement, as part of an Open Access Pilot ("Pilot"), to submit articles to any eligible journal title published by Elsevier, and if accepted for publication, to publish the article open access subject to a 15% (fifteen) discount on the article published charge ("APC") for Gold core Elsevier journals and a 10% (ten) discount on the APC for Hybrid core Elsevier journals, based on the then current list price set forth at Eligible titles include Elsevier-owned hybrid and fully gold journals, with the exception of Cell Press and The Lancet, and certain society titles. In certain limited cases the eligible titles may be subject to change, for example where Elsevier launches new fully gold open access journals that will be eligible for the Pilot or where titles transfer to another publisher and will no longer be eligible."

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See also: Where to Publish Your Reserach guide