Journals Library

Planning for article processing charges in Open Access journals

During the course of your project and throughout the review and publishing phase you may choose to submit an article based on your research to an Open Access publication. Depending on the publication you may be subject to an article processing charge (APC). APC rates vary but are usually within the range of £300 to £3000. Open Access publications usually list their APC rates on their websites.

NIHR expects that APCs will be covered by the funding award.

In due course if an article is accepted for publication and there are insufficient funds to cover an APC you should contact the Monitoring Programme Manager during monitoring phase and Publishing Manager (journals.library@nihr.ac.uk) post submission of your final report to request additional funding. This will be considered on an individual case basis in line with the DHSC/NIHR policy on Open Access publishing: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/about-us/who-we-are/our-policies/nihr-open-access-policy.htm