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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 and HDR students can apply for Article Processing Charge (APC) support for publication of a research article in a peer reviewed Gold Open Access Journal.

Research funding managed by Library Services may be available to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) that meet the required criteria.

APC requests must be lodged at the time of submission of the article to a journal so that the request can be assessed for funding approval prior to acceptance of the article for publication.

Requests for APC funding are assessed against the following eligibility criteria (within budgetary limits): 

  • 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
  • The first or corresponding author must have Bond University affiliation and all Bond University authors must show affiliation on the article
  • Only articles with a majority of Bond University authors will be paid in full by the University.  If the Bond University authors are in the minority the cost of the APC must be split with the institutions of the external authors
  • The article must meet the ERA Definition of Research (see below) and Journal Articles eligibility from the most recent ERA Submissions Guidelines
  • The Library Services' budget will not be used to cover the APC when it can be covered by grant funding, e.g. a NHMRC or ARC grant
  • 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 their Faculty Research Development Manager and 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.