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Open Access, A2K & Scholarly Communication: Paying for OA

This LibGuide provides useful information about the Open Access Movement, open access publishing and open scholarly communication trends.

How to find DHET accredited OA Journals without APCs

Paying for Open Access

Which Journals Charge/Which Don't Charge

Some publishers charge high article processing charges (apcs)  to authors to publish in their OA journals.  Before paying these fees, consider publishing in an OA journal (preferably on the DHET accredited list for South African authors) that does not charge fees.  See DOAJ list below:- . 

OPENAPC - Tool to check APC charges

Who Pays?

How to find journals in Director of OA Journals without APCs

How can I find out whether a journal charges article processing fees (APCs)?


You can find this information in two ways:

  1. Go to the Advanced Search page, select 'Journals' from the 'Journals vs Articles' facet and expand the 'Article Processing Charges (APCs)' facet. By selecting 'No', you will retrieve a list of all the journals where the publisher has told us that they do not charge authors anything at all.WARNINGread this blog post about the APC data in DOAJ.
  2. APC information is displayed under each journal in search results and under the 'Publication Charges' section on a journal's home page. For example: