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Article Processing Charge (APC) Fund

What is an Article Processing Charge? 

An Article Processing Charge (APC) is a publishing fee charged to authors who are publishing in open access journal.  The fee shifts the journal production cost to the author and replaces the subscription charge that libraries and researcher would pay to access an article behind a paywall.

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries offer a number of methods to assist CMU authors in publishing their work open access, including the APC Fund and maintaining institutional memberships with publishers that provide publishing discounts for open access.

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  • When requesting APC funding from the Libraries, you will need to provide a copy of the publisher's invoice (in USD, preferably) and a departmental Oracle account string to cover the APC balance not covered by the fund
  • The requesting author's name and email address on the form must match the name and email on the publisher's invoice
  • The Libraries pays the publisher directly, in full, upon the receipt of an approved request for funding with the publisher's invoice. We cannot reimburse an APC request made after an invoice is paid by the author or department

Eligibility Requirements 

Author Eligibility and Funding Caps

  • Carnegie Mellon University faculty members, research scientists, post-docs, and graduate students are eligible for APC funding if they are the article's corresponding author and do not have designated grant funding to pay for APCs
  • CMU Libraries will pay 80% of the APC up to a maximum of $1500 per article. The remaining balance should be paid by the corresponding author's department, co-authors, or other sources
  • Maximum funding per author per fiscal year is $3000. Unused amounts do not roll over to the next fiscal year

Journal and Article Eligibility

  • The publishing journal must be a fully open access journal. Articles must be open access upon publication
  • Journal publishers must be a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) or adhere to the OASPA code of conduct
  • The Journal must provide a publicly available APC fee schedule
  • Hybrid journals (traditional subscription journals in which content can be published open access, but other content is behind a paywall) are not eligible EXCEPT when
    • The publisher of a hybrid journal has a publicly available transition strategy to change the publication model from subscription to Open Access. The Libraries determines when the transition policy is sufficient to qualify for APC funding. Currently some hybrid journals from ACS and Nature qualify.
  • Delayed open access journals (in which all content is made OA after a specific time) are not eligible
  • The journal should not be part of Carnegie Mellon's OA publishing agreements
  • Articles should be accepted for publication upon submission for APC funding