Article publication charge pricing and the costs of open access publishing

Open access articles are funded by article publication charges (APCs), which are paid by you, your institution or your funder. These charges apply only to articles accepted for publication and cover the various costs of publishing the article, including editorial and peer review processes; copy editing and production; electronic hosting, archiving and indexing; and related marketing and promotion of published work.

The level of APC is determined by a number of factors. The most obvious consideration is the ratio of accepted article numbers to the total number of manuscripts submitted for review. As only published articles pay an APC, the lower the ratio, the greater the burden that falls on each published article.

These APCs also take into account the labour-intensity and cost of the editorial and production processes employed on each journal. Journals have specific typesetting and copy editing requirements, with some incurring higher per-article costs. Prices also take into account market considerations, reflecting the different requirements of different communities.

Prices are listed in three different currencies and are exclusive of any local taxes that may be due. The most current price list can be downloaded here. You can use our simple online charging service, but we also accept payment against invoice or a prepayment account for institutions and funders.

When setting subscription prices for our hybrid journals, we take into account the open access article publication charges that have been paid alongside other revenue streams and all costs. This ensures that customers are not charged twice for the same content through both subscription and publication charges.

We publish an annual statement that shows how many hybrid open access articles have been published and how this income has been accounted for in setting subscription prices for the coming year.