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Scholarly Communications at Swarthmore

Everything you need to know related to scholarly communications at Swarthmore

What is an APC?

Most OA publishing relies on the authors-pay model--rather than charging the end user or library for access, they charge the author an article processing charge, or APC.

Tips on finding funding for article processing charges (APCs)

  • Write associated costs into your grants
  • Seek funding from college or departmental funds

Want to Publish OA? Check Here First!

Because the libraries are a subscriber or supporter of the following organizations and publishers, Swarthmore-affiliated authors receive discounts on APCs for the following:

Publisher Which journals? Discount Because... Notes
American Chemical Society  All AuthorChoice publications ~25% we are a Subscriber Additional fee to use a creative commons license rather than their open license


Most 15% we are a Supporter Member

We are listed under Oberlin Group

Luminos Press OA monographs 10% on Title Publication Fee we are a Member  
National Academy of Sciences PNAS $1150 (rather than $1500) we are a Subscriber OA fee is for immediate access; All content is open after 6 months
SpringerOpen All  15% we are a Supporter Member We are listed under Oberlin Group
SCOAP3 11 high-energy physics journals No APC we are supporting partners This initiative allows for these journals to be completely open access without any charge to the authors. Agreement currently good until 2022.

Don't see your publisher listed or interested in us becoming a supporting member of another organization? Let us know!