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Author processing costs/fees (APCs) and Dalhousie discounts

Author Fees, Dalhousie Memberships and Negotiated Discounts

Open Access has provided great benefits to readers by making scholarly content freely available without the barrier of subscription fees. However authors who choose to publish in Gold Open Access journals must anticipate an Author Processing Charge (APC) that is levied by the journal publisher to cover publishing costs.

When possible, authors should include these APCs in their grant application if the journal they prefer to publish in is using this model.  CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC all provide grant funds to cover APCs.

Dalhousie does not have an author fund to directly cover the cost associated with Author Processing Charges (APCs)

The following Dalhousie memberships and discounts are currently available. Never assume that a discount will be automatically applied. Always check with the publisher to confirm the discount.

  • American Chemical Society: Dalhousie authors receive a 25% discount on ACS Author Choice Open Access services (APCs)
  • BioMed Central: Dalhousie Libraries have a supporter membership with BMC. This provides a 15% discount off the normal APCs through this publisher for their fully Open Access journals (hybrid journals not included) and SpringerOpen titles.  Manuscripts submitted from a Dalhousie IP will have the discount automatically applied. Manuscript submitted using a non-registered IP address should activate the option to select Dalhousie in order to receive the discount.
  • National Research Council of Canada (NRC): Canadian Science Publishing has reduced the fee for Dalhousie authors from $3000  to $1500. The reduced fee is a result of our membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) 2018-2021 license agreement.
  • Open Library of the Humanities (OLH): Dalhousie is a supporting institution contributing to the library partnership subsidy model. The result is no APC for authors wishing to publish in an OLH journal.
  • Sage: A 40% discount is available to Dalhousie authors as a result of the library's subscription to the SAGE journal package. The responsibility for claiming this discount will rest on the researcher, and researchers shall identify themselves as members of the faculty of CRKN and as participants of this Agreement.