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Publication and funding

There are two publishing options, depending on the type of journal you choose.

Open access

If you want your research to be freely available to everyone immediately on publication, or your funder or institution requires this, then you should choose a journal that offers open access. If you select this method, you or your funders will be responsible for paying an article processing charge (APC).

To find out more about funder and institutional open access requirements and getting help with APCs, see our Guide to open access funding.


Under this model, the cost of publishing is covered through journal subscription fees and you won’t need to pay an APC. Your research will only be seen by those subscribing to the journal.

Key facts:

Always check your target journal's submission guidelines to understand the publishing model and what fees you may need to pay.

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