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

APC Support for HDR Students

Current APC information for HDR students


 Academic Staff Notice
Article processing charges are no longer paid from Central funding.  All APC requests approved in 2020 will be honoured. Please contact your Faculty ADR with APC funding enquiries.


HDR Students

HDR students can apply for Article Processing Charge (APC) assessment and approval for publication of a research article in a peer reviewed Gold Open Access (OA) Journal to be paid from their Project Budget funds. APC approved HDR students should seek to access their HDR Project funds using the HDR budget request form. 

 Read the Guidelines for HDR APC Support document available for eligibility criteria.


HDR APC requests should be lodged with Library Services for funding approval assessment prior to submission of the article to an OA journal.  

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. Submission to Hybrid model journals will not be approved.
  • The Bond University HDR student must be the first author.
  • All HDR students must be identified on the APC Request Form.
  • Only articles with a majority of Bond University authors will be approved.
  • All Bond University authors must show affiliation to Bond University on the article.
  • The article must meet the ERA Definition of Research (see below) from the most recent ERA Submissions Guidelines.
  • APCs will not be approved for articles in journals that also charge Library Services a subscription fee.

Requirement:  A completed Authorship Agreement Form should accompany the APC request.

HDRs should send the following to the Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright in Library Services:

  • Completed APC Request Form signed by the Faculty Associate Dean of Research (ADR).
  • Download and complete the Authorship Agreement Form located on the Research Tools page.
  • A copy of the research paper.

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 with a DOI in the institutional repository (Pure) Datasets collection. Please contact the Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright in Library Services for further information and assistance.