Article-processing charges

posted 11 Sep 2011, 10:27 by iMed Pub   [ updated 31 Jul 2013, 05:58 ]

Why does IMedPub have article-processing charges (APCs)?

Publishing is not without costs. IMedPub Journals defrays those costs from article-processing charges (APCs), because it does not have subscription charges for its research content, believing instead that immediate, world-wide, barrier-free, to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community. Like most other serious publishers, iMedPub maintains our high quality of service through an ‘author-pay’ model. As such, manuscripts that are accepted for publication following peer review incur a publishing fee (see below).

Can I avoid paying article-processing charges (APCs)?

No, all authors have to pay the charges for publishing their articles. Publishing open access has a standard fee of 300€ and discounts may apply in some cases (see below).  Authors publishing under subscription only pay 100€. Nevertheless we always recommend publishing open access because since this model has outstanding benefits.


What do the article-processing charges pay for?

  • immediate world-wide barrier-free open access to the full text

  • developing and maintaining electronic tools for peer review and publication

  • preparation in various formats for online publication

  • securing full text inclusion in a number of permanent archives 

  • securing inclusion in CrossRef (enabling electronic citation in other journals that are available electronically)

  • translating works

How much is IMedPub Journals charging for publishing?

We offer the lowest APCs of all open access journals. IMedPub Journals's standard article-processing charge is 300€ for publishing open access. 

Publishing under subscription has a flat charge of 100€.

Authors can benefit from our Loyalty discount program with discounts of 20% in their 2nd and next articles.


Does IMedPub Journals offer discounts on Article-Processing Charges?

IMedPub Journals offers various discounts on APCs, which are outlined below. The discounts are exclusive of each other and cannot be accumulated.

Discount reference

Discount amount


Qualifying journals

Supporter Member discount

25% on full APC

Submitting author must be from Supporter Member institution.

All journals published by IMedPub Journals

Reviewer discount





Editor Board Member

50% off full APC





50% off full APC

Submitting author must have been the reviewer to be awarded the discount. The review must have been returned on time and within the last 12 months.

Reviewer discount only applies to the journal in which the review was undertaken.


Submitting author must be the editor to be awarded the discount. 

Editor discount only applies to the journal in which the editor serves. 


All journals published by IMedPub Journals




All journals published by IMedPub Journals

Developing countries discount

50% off full APC

Submitting author must be from of countries with small economies (total 2005 GDP less than US $100 billion), that are in the World Bank's low income or lower-middle income categories. Here is the list of countries.

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gambia, The
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Dem Rep.
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao PDR
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


All journals published by IMedPub Journals

Please note that if the submitting author's organization is a IMedPub Journals member, the cost of the article processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. Please check if your institution is a IMedPub Journals member.


How do IMedPub Journals's charges compare with other publishers?

iMedPub Journals' standard APC is €300IMedPub Journals's article processing charges are extremely competitive since are the very lowest of any publisher offering open access publication - see BMC's APC comparison table.

If you wish to publish several articles open access with us, check our affordable plans for multiple articles.

A study found that the range of prices charged and the relationship between charges, impact and number of articles being published. The average APC was found to be US$906 but there is a huge range from a few dollars to several thousand. 

To which articles will this charge apply?

To all articles that have been accepted for publication in one of IMedPub's online journals with the exception of articles submitted for publication in supplements. Publication charges for articles in supplements are set by special arrangement with the organisers of the supplement. For further information please contact us.


Why a flat charge rather than one based on page numbers?

The size of an article is a poor indicator of the actual amount of work involved in obtaining peer reviews and in preparing the article for publication. A more useful discriminator might be the state an article is in when submitted, and its complexity, but the lack of objective tools to measure these has lead us to conclude that a flat fee is the fairest approach at this stage.


Who is responsible for making the payment?

Whoever submits the manuscript is responsible for making or arranging the payment (for instance, via his or her institution). The submitting author must confirm, at the time of submission, that they will organize payment should the article be accepted for publication. 


Which funding agencies explicitly allow direct use of their grants to cover article-processing charges?

Many funding agencies allow the use of grants for this purpose, and an increasing number such as the Wellcome Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the US National Institutes for Health strongly encourage Open Access publication.The following is a list of funding agencies we know of that have confirmed that they allow the payment of article processing charges:

Academy of Finland (Finland) BIOTEC (Thailand) California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (US) Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Canada) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spain) Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy) Danmarks Grundforskningsfond (Denmark) Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany) FAPESP (Brazil) Fondazione Telethon (Italy) Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Austria) Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Belgium) Health Research Board (Ireland) Howard Hughes Medical Institute (US) Indian Council of Medical Research (India) INSERM (France) International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (International) Israel Science Foundation (Israel) Max Planck Society (Germany) Medical Research Council (UK) National Health Service (UK) National Institutes of Health (US) Are you an NIH grantee? More details National Science Foundation (US) Natural Environment Research Council (UK) Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands) Rockefeller Foundation (US) South African Medical Research Council (South Africa) Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (Sweden) Swedish Research Council (Sweden) Swiss National Science Foundation (Switzerland) Wellcome Trust (UK) More details


How do I pay?

You will need to arrange payment of the APC unless a waiver has been granted, or your institution has covered the cost through a membership scheme.

Following peer review, once a manuscript has received editorial acceptance in principle, the article processing charge becomes payable, and formatting checks on the manuscript will commence. Once formatting checks are completed, and payment of the article processing charge has been received, the article will be published.

Prompt payment is advised, as the article will not be published until payment is received. Payment can be made via PayPal, Skrill, WesternUnion (these three methods include the option of paying using credit card) or bank transfer. PayPal is our preferred method and we have prepared buttons for doing payments directly.


Will I have to pay if me or my institution is a IMedPub Journals member?

If the submitting author's organization or the author him/herself is a IMedPub Journals member, the cost of the article processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable.

Do changes to APC rates, exchange rates and/or institutional membership status affect the amount payable for a submitted article, if it goes on to be published?

No. The APC payable for your article is detemined at the time you agree to pay, as part of the submission process.

This means:

  • If the APC goes up between submission and publication, you still pay the lower APC.

  • If the exchange rates change between submission and publication, you still pay the amount in your applicable currency that you agreed to pay when you submitted.

  • If your institution ceases to be a member between submission and publication of your article, you still get the benefit of the membership. Conversely, if your institution becomes a member after you submit an article, that article will not in general be covered by the membership.

You are advised to make your payment as soon as possible, since the article will not be published until the relevant payment has been made. Payment by means other than Paypal will carry an administrative charge of 30€. In all cases a receipt will be sent by email once payment has been made. 


¿Will the amount paid for an article to be published be affected by changes in the rates of APC, exchange rates, and/or changes in the status of institutional Partners?

No. The APC to be paid for your article is fixed at the point at which payment is promised as part of the submission process. This means that:

  • If APC goes up between submission and publication you pay the lesser amount of APC.
  • If exchange rates change between submission and publication you pay the amount equivalent to the exchange rate at the time of submission of the article.
  • If your institution ceases to be a member between submission and publication of your article you will go on receiving the benefits of membership. On the other hand, if your institution becomes a member after submission of the article, in general the article will not be covered by affiliation.