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Open Access: Article Processing Charges

A guide for researchers and authors who want to read or publish in open-access publications

FAQ on Tri-Agency Policy

If you deposit your paper in a repository, what version must be archived?

What if your journal of choice doesn't permit archiving of manuscripts within 12 months?

Find out these answers and more from's quick, informative list:

FAQ on Tri-Agency Open Access Policy


Article Processing Charges

Traditional scholarly publishers often charge authors an Article Processing Charge (APC) to convert an article to Open Access.

APC costs can be included in grant-funding applications if authors know that they will be seeking publication in a journal that uses this model. NSERC, SSHRC, and CIHR will consider APC costs in grant applications.

Discounts on APCs for Mount Allison Researchers

Library consortia have negotiated APC discounts with some publishers as a component of our subscription contracts.

To confirm discount eligibility for a specific title, please contact the library.

Publisher Discount Instructions
American Chemical Society $250 USD flat discount on hybrid journals APC discount is applied upon submission of manuscript. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.
Canadian Science Publishing 50% discount on all hybrid journals except agricultural journals (Canadian Journal of Agricultural Science, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, Canadian Journal of Plant Science) APC discount is applied upon submission of manuscript. Authors must identify their institutional affiliation in order to qualify for the discount.
Elsevier ScienceDirect 20% discount on hybrid and Gold Open Access journals. Exclusions apply to Cell Press, Lancet, and some other society owned journals Using the journals' normal workflow, the Corresponding Author must specify their affiliation. This will be validated by CRKN. Applies to articles submitted between period beginning 1 January 2021 until and including 31 December 2023.
PLOS 100% discount (no charge) for publishing in PLOS Biology or PLOS Medicine.

Mount Allison Libraries and Archives is a member of the Community Action Publishing agreement with PLOS. No APC will be charged for articles with corresponding or contributing authors at Mount Allison University.

This agreement applies to two titles: PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine.

SAGE 40% discount on Gold Open Access journals Processing of the APC waiver for SAGE Choice journals and the discount for gold open access journals is done automatically via the SAGE Open Access Portal (SOAP) when authors identify themselves as affiliated with Mount Allison University. SOAP is a dashboard for authors to submit their article, select a copyright license, assign a bill payer (if applicable), and view article status. A Creative Commons license (CC-BY) will be applied to open access publications unless a different license is requested by the author
Taylor & Francis 25% discount in T&F Open Select hybrid journals To take advantage of the discount on T&F Open Select journals, an author can submit an article and choose the open access publishing option. When the APC is generated, authors can select their institution from the drop-down menu, and the discount will be automatically applied. The author can select a Creative Commons license to sign once they accept the quote.