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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

Find out about author rights, funder policies and the role of repositories in open access scholarly communication and publishing.

APC Support

Requesting APC support

Bond University academic staff can apply for Article Processing Charge (APC) support for publication of a research article in a peer reviewed Gold Open Access Journal. APC requests must also meet the required eligibility criteria set out below.

The APC support fund is a ‘safety net’ option for researchers who have no alternative source of funding, such as an ARC or NHMRC grant, which could be used to cover the cost. There is finite funding available per year and once exhausted no additional APCs can be approved for payment.


APC requests should be lodged with Library Services for funding approval assessment prior to submission of the article to an OA journal. This assists Library Services with budget management and allows authors to submit with knowledge that funds will be available, or not, if their article is accepted for publication.  

Requests for APC funding are assessed against the following eligibility criteria: 

  • The article must be published in a Gold Open Access journal, meaning that every article in the journal is openly accessible immediately and freely upon publication without any embargo period.  Hybrid model journals are not supported.
  • The first or corresponding author must have Bond University affiliation.
  • HDR students must be identified on the APC Request Form.
  • Only articles with a majority of Bond University authors will be paid by the University. Part-payment is not possible because of the complexities that this imposes on financial processes of the institution.
  • All Bond University authors must show affiliation to Bond University on the article.
  • The article must meet the ERA Definition of Research (see below) and Journal Articles eligibility from the most recent ERA Submissions Guidelines.
  • Fees exceeding AUS$3,500 will not normally be supported by the fund.
  • APCs will not be paid for articles in journals that also charge Library Services a subscription fee.

Bond authors should send the completed APC Request Form together with a copy of the submitted paper to the Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright in Library Services.

ERA Definition of Research

Articles being assessed for APC support must meet the ERA definition of research:

The creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) is administered by the Australian Research Council.  This national research evaluation framework identifies and promotes quality research activity and outputs in higher education institutions throughout Australia.

Dataset Note

Where research data is to be made available to accompany a research publication the authors can have a Dataset record in the institutional repository (Pure) Datasets collection. Please contact the Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright in Library Services for further information and assistance.