What is an Article Processing Charge (APC)?


The 2023 allocations of APCs through IReL are now live. This means that if you seek to publish in a journal covered, the APC costs will be covered. [Please note: this is the ONLY way that TU Dublin supports the payment of APCs outside of the Orphan APC Fund].

Please bear some things in mind:

  • These APCs are given on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. We cannot hold or reserve any APCs.
  • We reserve the right to reject applications where an applicant has already had two APCs approved in the same calendar year.
  • Journals (in particular, Society published journals) can leave the agreement periodically. We have had a few instances of academics being stuck with an invoice for an APC because the journal they applied to left the deal. Always double-check!
  • You can search the Elsevier Journal Finder for this agreement, which provides details of the journals included. You can also search the full list of eligible journals in all IReL and Irish HEI open access agreements.
  • Check out the Author Journey for Elsevier journals.

(NB: Oxford University Press: fully-OA journal allocation already gone, but we have enough hybrid journal allocation for the full year)

(NB: The Springer Nature OA allocation is now fully used up for 2023)

(NB: The IEEE OA allocation is now fully used up for 2023)

(NB: Wiley fully OA allocations have been exhausted for 2023. Hybrid continues to be available, although this may also run out before year end)

(NB: Taylor and Francis (T&F): Fully OA and Hybrid journals - quota exhausted)

(NB: Royal Society of Chemistry: allocation now fully used up)

(NB: Elsevier (Science Direct): allocation now fully used up).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact aisling.coyne@tudublin.ie.

TU Dublin does not support the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) outside of the IReL consortium negotiated deals. Normally, APCs are paid from a research budget or funding program. However, in exceptional cases, where there is a lone researcher without funding, an application can be made to the Orphan APC Committee.

The process is to fill out the application form, making a case why the university should pay this fee, why there is no other journal option, why there is no other Open Access journal option, a reason why the research needs paid Open Access rather than Green Open Access (which is required of all TU Dublin researchers by policy regardless), and be prepared to defend your argument in front of the Committee. The bar is very high and researchers have been denied.

The Orphan APC Committee does not support the principle of retrospective reimbursement of APC charges in cases where a researcher has paid the fee.

Contact your Faculty Head of Research for further information:

  • Faculty of Business: Amr Mahfouz
  • Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment: Marek Rebow
  • Faculty of Sciences and Health: Anthony Betts
  • Faculty of Arts and Tourism: Conor McGarrigle
  • Faculty of Computing, Digital and Data: Dympna O'Sullivan