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How to take advantage of article publishing fee discounts

Article Processing Charges (APC) is a fee paid to a publisher to make an article freely available online. The fee can be paid by the publication author, institution, science funding organizations, private sponsors and patrons.

According to agreements with publishers, university authors can publish in open access journals without paying APC or discounts are applied to that fee.

For example, in order to publish in Taylor & Francis open access journal “Food and Agricultural Immunology”,  VMU coordinating author (corresponding author) could receive 50% discount for APC fee (fee without discount €2180).

Alternatively, VMU coordinating author (corresponding author) could publish for free in the publisher’s SAGE hybrid journal “Urban Affairs Review”. The discount is automatically applied when an author selects an institutional affiliation in SAGE. Once an article is accepted for publication, the publisher will contact the author to make the article open access. Note. Costs for publishing publications in hybrid journals are not covered by LMT projects.

More information about the EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) association, of which VMU is a member, contracts with publishers on APC fees for authors (searchable by publication subject, access type, publisher, country, discount) here.


Open access journals – electronic scientific journals, all articles of which are peer-reviewed and openly available online, without additional charges for the user. The user, if allowed by the Creative Commons CC-BY license, can create derivative works based on these articles.

The golden path of open access is publishing articles in open access journals. When publishing through the Golden Open Access Path, publication costs must be borne by the author, funding or sponsoring organizations, or other sources. Publications become publicly available immediately after publication.

Hybrid journals – electronic scientific journals that provide open access only to those articles whose authors or funding institutions have paid the publishing costs; access to the remaining articles is only available to subscribers for a subscription fee.



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