Author Charges in Publishing
Academic authors may pay a variety of charges in scholarly publishing, whether for open access or other kinds of types.
- Page charges - n% of journals across disciplines charge APCs (author page charges); this varies across disciplines
- Color charges - Charges for color figures
- Submission fees / Review charges
- Supplemental Materials charges
- Late Change charges - Charges for significant edits late in the production process.
- Overlength charges -
- Copyright registration charges - For dissertation and thesis authors, ProQuest and some university/colleges offer copyright registration services. Journal publishers will typically register copyright in their journal issue, and not in individual articles. Note: Registration of copyright is useful if you plan to make commercial re-use of your work; but registration is not necessary to prevent unauthorized re-use, or to have a copyright.
- Open access charges - Charges paid to a journal to make the article available open access. Some journals now charge variable prices for different licenses, for instance, CC-BY (Creative Commons with Attribution) versus CC-BY-NC (Creative Commons with Attribution and a Non-Commercial Re-Use requirement)
- APCs - This might mean "author page charge", "author publication charge", "article processing charge" or some variant thereof.
- Post-publication costs
- Re-use of your own paper - If authors assign their copyright to the publisher, and fail to reserve rights for themselves to re-use, then they may be charged to re-use their own figures or text in subsequent publications.
- Offprint fees - If you want to distribute a paper you may end up having to pay fees to re-distribute the paper to colleagues.
- Licensing fees - If you want to use your article to teach, you (or your institution) may need to be fees for use in e-reserves or coursepacks. Other instructors, faculty, and university libraries will have to pay licensing as well.
- Anna Sharman, Journals that charge authors (and not for open access publication), Sharmanedit: Journals and Biomedical Publishing (blog), March 8, 2012
- David J. Solomon and Bo-Christer Björk, "A Study of Open Access Journals Using Article Processing Charges"
Last Edited: 19 May 2014