Article-Processing Charges

UCL Open: Environment levies an Article-Processing Charge (APC) to all non-UCL authors once the article has been editorially accepted (not for submission). 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.

Submitting 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 contact us

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 (

  • 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

University College London authors

A University College London (UCL) authored article is defined as an article where the corresponding or first author is a current UCL staff or student member.

Any UCL author who is research council funded (for example UKRI or COAF) will have the APC funded via UCL Library Services Open Access (read more about this here). Any UCL author not funded by a research council will have the APC covered by UCL Press.