While the traditional model relies on restricting access to published research in order to recoup the costs of the publication process, the open access publishing model treats publication as the last phase of the research process. Instead of charging users a fee to read the content, an article-processing charge (APC) is levied at the beginning of the process. This flat charge, which varies from journal to journal, covers the entire cost of the publication process. This includes peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving, and allows immediate access to the full text versions of the research articles.
BioMed Central journals routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. This policy is supported by our open access waiver fund. Individual waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of lack of funds.
Authors submitting from BioMed Central member institutions have their APC covered in full or in part by their institutions. Find out more about our Membership Program and check if your institution is a Member here.
For more information about APCs, see our Article-processing charges FAQ.