Article processing charge (APC) support, combined with the adoption of open access policies and the signing of transformative open access agreements with publishers (of native OA and hybrid journals), are intended to help further the UC goal of immediate and open access to publications by UC authors.  Article processing charge support includes the initiatives below.

All University of California corresponding authors can take advantage of these publishing discounts, negotiated by the California Digital Library. Moreover, the UCSB Open Access Fact Sheet has information to assist authors in budgeting for open access publishing when creating their research grant proposal.

The UCSB Open Access Publishing Fund supports authors who want to make their research open to readers immediately upon publication. After applying and being approved, eligible authors will be reimbursed for article processing charges (APCs) for articles published in eligible journals. 

As a member of MDPI’s institutional membership program, MDPI offers a 10% discount on the cost of APCs. Authors affiliated with UCSB will receive a discount on the APC cost for any paper published in an MDPI journal. 

As a member of PeerJ’s institutional membership, PeerJ will bill the Library for the APCs of accepted articles by UCSB corresponding authors. Upon acceptance, authors will be notified by the publisher that the Library will pay their APC.

The transformative open access agreements that UC has negotiated with hybrid publishers, as well as the open access (OA) agreements that have been negotiated with native OA publishers, reduce or completely cover the APC costs for the respective publishers.