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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?

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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 100% discount (no charge) on over 1,800 hybrid journals. Discounts for most 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.  CRKN will validate the author's eligibility.  Applies to articles accepted between 1 January 2024 until and including 31 December 2026.  Discounts for Gold Open Access are as follows: 20% for articles accepted in 2024, 15% for 2025 and 2026 and 10% for 2027.  For a list of Eligible Titles, click here or visit the CRKN Open Access Page for more details.
PLOS 100% discount (no charge) for publishing in 12 PLOS Journals


Mount Allison has joined the CRKN PLOS All-titles agreement, allowing unlimited open access publication in the following 12 PLOS journals: PLOS Biology, PLOS Climate, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Global Public Health, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS ONE, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Sustainability and Tranformation, and PLOS Water

Authors must indicate their institutional affiliation upon submitting their manuscript in order to benefit from open access publishing at no cost.

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.
Wiley 100% discount (no charge) for publication in Wiley hybrid journals

Upon article acceptance for publication in a hybrid journal, the corresponding author will begin the Author Services process within the Wiley Open Access Account system. A customized message notifies the author upon login that their accepted article is eligible for open access at no cost (will refer to their institution and CRKN as providers) and the default selection for the author is to publish the article open access at no charge. Authors must identify themselves as affiliated with a participating CRKN institution in order for their article to be verified and approved for no charge OA under the agreement.  Applies to articles accepted between January 2023 to December 31, 2024.

Note: Articles accepted for publication in Wiley’s gold journals are not eligible under this agreement. Authors will continue to be charged APCs for accepted articles in these journals.