Introduction to Open Access

Publication Charges

What does APC mean ?

APC is the acronym for Article Processing Charges (sometimes also Article Publication Charges), i.e. the cost that a publisher will charge for an article to be edited and distributed freely (in Open Access). This applies to both fully Open Access, or hybrid journals.

What does BPC mean ?

BPC is the acronym for Book Processing Charges (sometimes also Book Publication Charges), i.e. the cost that a publisher will charge for a book to be edited and distributed freely (in Open Access). By analogy there are also BCPCs for Book Chapter Processing Charges.

What is the amount of the APCs ?

Publication cost varies from one journal to another and from one discipline to another. It can amount up to CHF 3'500.- for some publishers, but the average price varies between CHF 1000.- and CHF 2000.-

What is the amount of the BPCs ?

Publication cost for books is much higher than for articles, of the order of several dozen of thousands of francs.

Who pays for APCs / BPCs ?

In general it is the first or last author of an article (known as the corresonding author) who negotiates with the publisher. He/she can ask its institution to cover these costs, but he/she can also use research funds, as authorized by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF).

What does the University of Geneva do ?

A pilot fund of CHF 50'000.- was made available by the Rectorate for 2018 to cover part of the APCs under certain conditions. The rules of the allocation and the application form are available on this website.

Are there discounts ?

By signing contracts with some publishers the Library of the University of Geneva benefits from advantageous conditions which are listed here.