Article Processing Costs – APC

Is there an APC discount available for this Journal?

For discounts and workflows, check our Open Access Journal Browser first: search for the journal of your choice, open the journal record, and find everything about publishing, archiving, and sharing articles.

Maastricht University has no central budget for APC costs, only arrangements with publishers regarding discounts.

If you choose to publish Open Access in a journal outside our deals, you must settle the invoice for the APC with your research project or your faculty. The research project funder may provide a budget for the APC.

No APC coverage for Gold Open Access? Green Open Access is an option.

If possible (hybrid journal) and allowed (funder), you can publish the article with a (traditional) subscription license (no costs) and share the article with the world via the UM repository after publication (Green Open Access).

We provide two Green Open Access options:

  1. Let UM Library archive and share the published version (VoR) for you: Taverne
  2. Archive and share the author version (AAM) via the UM repository: Share your AAM


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Creative Commons – CC licenses

Which CC license should I use?

When you publish your article Open Access (OA), you (the authors) retain the copyright. You need to assign a Creative Commons (CC) license to the work, telling readers and users what you (the owner) allow them to do with your article without first consulting you and asking for permission.

When you choose a standard (or subscription) publishing license, usually you transfer all rights to the publisher, and they will decide what others/readers can do with their ‘acquired property’.

The default CC license is CC-BY: use and reuse (one must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes to the original work were made).

Additions like -NC or -ND allow you to add restrictions (limiting reuse options). Still, the publication will also become ‘less Open Science’, and if your research has an external public funder (e.g. NWO), no further restrictions are allowed.

There are three considerations when choosing the license for your work:

  1. What is required by the research funder (if applicable, usually CC-BY) – this is contractually determined
  2. What is offered by the publisher of the journal: usually, two or three CC-variations
  3. What do you/authors want for the work: how open do you want to be?

We advise (if there is no CC-BY obligation from the financier) to choose CC-BY for publications as much as possible and only choose additional restrictions if necessary. If the work may not/cannot be reused or if the whole is more than the sum of its parts (think of a book), you could consider CC-BY-ND.

You can also use the NC extension to prevent someone from using parts of your output in a corporate setting. But in general, publicly funded science is also meant to help companies move forward.

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