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Open Access: Article Processing Charges (APCs)

A guide to Open Access at the University of Huddersfield

What is an Article Processing Charge (APC)?

An APC is the fee charged by a publisher for making an article Open Access at the time of publication

  • Such fees are usually charged per article
  • The cost of APC fees may be included in research grants
  • In some circumstances your School may pay for an APC
  • Very few academic authors will pay APCs themselves

A BPC (Book Processing Charge) relates to Open Access books

University of Huddersfield Open Access Policy

For RCUK funded articles, please will authors notify the Pure Team in R&E of a request for an APC at the point of article acceptance (not submission) to check if UKRI OA Block Grant funds are available and the journal is funder-compliant.  Please send details of the article and the grant ID to

Article processing charges only apply to authors who are affiliated to the University of Huddersfield.

The Open Access policy is designed to ensure that the University of Huddersfield meets the requirements of the next Research Excellence Framework (REF) and the requirements of the UKRI/RCUK Mandate for Open Access.
Research and Enterprise manage the processing of APC payments and the Research Council’s block grant to support Gold Open Access compliancy for Research Council funded project outputs.

(Excerpt from University of Huddersfield Open Access Policy)

What this means for academics

For UKRI/RCUK funded research, authors should contact at the point at which their article is accepted for publication.  The team will then advise on the route to comply with the mandate, and make any payments where applicable from the UKRI/RCUK block grant.

For non UKRI/RCUK funded research, authors should deposit the final author manuscript in Pure at the point at which it is accepted for publication, or not later than 3 months after this date.

For non UKRI/RCUK funded research that the author wishes to publish in a journal that only has a Gold Open Access option, or it is felt there is a benefit from publishing as Gold Open Access, they should apply to their School for payment.  Schools will need to have a process in place to approve or reject such requests, and if rejected authors will need to find an alternative publication route, such as Green Open Access.

APCs at the University of Huddersfield

Please check with the School Director of Research whether there are guidelines on APC payment in your School or department.

The Library may have access to APC discounts, which are not available to individuals. The agreements that are currently in place include:

Please contact the Library Subscriptions and Access Team on if you have any queries about articles that will be sent to these publishers