Applying for APC support

QUT academic staff may apply for support to cover the cost of the article processing charge (APC) when publishing a research article in a high-quality peer reviewed open access journal. Subscription journals which offer authors the option to pay for open access are not eligible. This APC support is a 'safety net' option for staff who have no alternative source of funding, such as an ARC or NHMRC grant, which could be used to cover the cost. Higher Degree Research (HDR) students should contact their faculty to enquire about financial support for thesis-related publications.

Applications for APC support will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. The journal must have a current top quartile (Q1) rating in SCImago or Journal Citation Reports.
  2. The full content of the journal must be open access immediately upon publication.
  3. The article must be published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY).
  4. The article must be a peer reviewed research article.
  5. The article must be QUT-led. That is, the lead author and corresponding author must be QUT staff (not HDR student, Adjunct or Visitor).
  6. The article must not be intended for inclusion in a thesis-by-publication.
  7. Where data has been generated, the authors must be willing to be involved in the creation of a data description record for Research Data Finder.
  8. APC fees exceeding AUD$3,000 will not be supported.
  9. The invoice must be addressed to QUT. Reimbursements for paid invoices are not possible.

A response will be provided within three working days.

Please read the criteria carefully before submitting your manuscript to the journal.

Additional information:

  • Use your QUT email address and QUT campus location when submitting a manuscript to a journal.
  • For BioMed Central (BMC) and SpringerOpen journals, QUT's membership account number must be entered in the manuscript submission form. The Library will provide the current membership account number once the application for APC support is approved.
  • Where the publisher's default licence is not CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution licence), the authors must notify the publisher that they require the CC-BY licence.

For more information, contact the Library Research Support Team: