Who can request an APC discount or waiver for open access articles?
Corresponding authors with primary affiliation in countries defined by the World Bank as low-income economies are entitled to 100% APC waiver when they publish in a full open access journal.
A 50% discount on the normal APC is also available to authors from countries defined by the World Bank as lower-middle income economies, who have a 2021 gross domestic product (GDP) of less than 200 billion US dollars.
Please note that changes made to the World Bank list of low-income economies each July, can take a short period of time to be reflected in our submission systems. You may find discrepancies until the beginning of August while the update work takes place. If you have a query, get in touch with us for advice.
Waivers and discounts are only available for submissions to full open access journals, and do not apply for submissions made to an Open Select (hybrid) journal. Our waiver policy only applies to corresponding authors.
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EIFL network countries
Corresponding authors with primary affiliations based in one of the 34 EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) network countries may be eligible for a 100% or 50% discount on the normal APC in a selection of our full open access journals.
In the submission system, the ‘Charges’ page will show the standard APC for the open access journal you are submitting to, which is determined by your location and article type.
If you are eligible for a waiver or a discount as part of our country-based waiver policy, you will be notified at the top of the page. If you wish to accept the waiver or discount, please scroll to the end of the page and click ‘Next’. If you have funding for your APC and do not wish to take up the waiver or discount, please check the box ‘I do not wish to request a waiver for my article’.
If you have been given a discount code, enter it in the space provided, and click ‘Apply Discount’. If you are notified that you are eligible for a country based discount but instead have a discount code, please check the box ‘I do not wish to request a waiver for my article’ and the discount code box will appear. Country based waivers and discount codes cannot be combined.
If you wish to request a discretionary discount, please click ‘Yes’ when asked if you need a discretionary waiver. Select the reason for your request from the drop-down box and upload supporting documentation. Click ‘Done’.
After you click ‘Next’ you will be given the chance to review your submission details. If the total APC appears to be incorrect, please return to the previous page and check that you have completed the details correctly or applied your discount code.
If the quote is correct, please click ‘Submit’. You will be asked to confirm that you wish to proceed. Clicking ‘Yes’ will submit your work for consideration in the journal. Please do not take this step unless you agree with the quoted APC.
Please note, do not click ‘Submit’ until your discretionary waiver request has either been confirmed or denied. The quoted APC will only be payable if your article is accepted for publication following peer review. If we have reason to believe an author has provided false information as part of their waiver request, we reserve the right to rescind any discount offered, and the full APC will apply.
Your paper will go through peer review as normal. Journal editors or reviewers won’t see requests for a discount or waiver, and it won’t influence the outcome of your submission.
Open access agreements
Authors can also benefit from reduced or fully prepaid APCs through our open access agreements. We partner with institutions and funders across the world to help researchers publish gold open access in their chosen journals.