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Article-Processing Charges

UCL Open: Environment levies an Article-Processing Charge (APC) to all non-UCL authors once the article has been editorially accepted. The APC price is set as low as possible to cover the open access publication costs of the article, including typesetting, copyediting, publication, and indexing. Authors are required to declare that they have read and understood the terms of submitting and will be charged the APC upon editorial acceptance of an article. Once and article is editorially accepted, the corresponding author will be notified that payment is due and will be required to arrange payment.

Article-processing charges are based on word counts (of the manuscript main body), irrespective of the article type:

Word count,
up to:
APC
1,000£125
2,500£300
5,000£500
10,000£750
10,000+Please
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UCL authors

A UCL-authored article is defined as an article where a UCL author is the corresponding or first author. Any UCL author who is research council funded (for example UKRI or COAF) will have the APC funded via UCL Library Services Open Access. Any UCL author not funded by a research council will have the APC covered by UCL Press.

APC waivers

UCL Press offers waivers and discounts for Article-Processing Charges (APCs) for articles whose corresponding authors are based in low-income countries, as classified by Research4Life (https://www.research4life.org/access/eligibility/).

  • Group A (free access) will receive a full waiver
  • Group B (low-cost access) will receive a 50% discount on the full APC

Please request this waiver or discount at the point of submission by emailing the Editorial Office at uclopen.environment@ucl.ac.uk.

UCL Press Academic Journals

UCL Press Academic Journals, as listed below, do not at this time charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers of UCL Press Academic Journals will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.

The list of UCL Press Academic Journals is: