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A guide to open access at Manchester Metropolitan University.

A definition of article processing charge (APC)

The fee that publishers of some open access journals charge in order to publish articles. Such fees are usually levied per article and are usually paid by the institutions or funding bodies that fund the author(s) work, although some authors may find alternative ways of paying.

The reason given by publishers for charging APCs is that they do so in order to cover the costs of publishing material.