While the majority of open access journals publish articles for free, many of the most well-known open access publishers do require that authors pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to offset the cost of publication. The ASU Library is able to provide discounts on APCs with certain publishers as a result of the following partnerships and subscriptions:
Our membership provides ASU authors with a basic lifetime membership to both PeerJ and PeerJ Computer Science upon acceptance of a submitted paper.
PeerJ is an open access journal publishing articles in the biological, medical, and health sciences, as well as climate change and environmental research. PeerJ Computer Science is a cross-disciplinary open access journal publishing articles across all fields of computer science.
Some funding agencies will allow these charges to be paid from grant funds, but of course, not all authors are funded. Many publishers will grant a waiver of the APC upon request if the author is not able to pay, so it is always worth checking to see if that’s a possibility. In addition, there are other ways you can make your work openly available for free.