Article Processing Charges or APCs have become the dominant funding model for Open Access (OA) publishing, especially amongst commercial publishers. In this model, the author (or their surrogate) pays the publisher a fee to get their article published OA. APCs vary in amount, from a few hundred pounds to several thousand, and the most prestigious journals will frequently be the most expensive. Hybrid journals tend to have more expensive APCs than pure OA journals, and some pure OA journals do not charge an APC, rather they will be funded by individual institutions or membership models.
Some Universities have a dedicated fund for the payment of APCs. Victoria University of Wellington's strategy is to ask researchers, where possible, to deposit papers into our open access institutional repository. This makes content openly available for free.
When selecting an OA journal in which to publish, identify reputable publishers: