Answered by: Kate Stanton
Last Updated: Dec 07, 2022     Views: 496

Hybrid open access is when a non-open access journal (i.e. a subscription journal) enables open access to an individual article upon publication, provided an Article Processing Charge (APC) has been paid by the corresponding author. 

Publishing in hybrid journals means that the corresponding author pays a fee to make the journal article open access, while the institution simultaneously pays a subscription fee to access the journal. There are alternatives to paying an additional fee to enable open access to a journal article in a subscription journal – most journal publishers allow open access archiving of accepted manuscripts. You can archive a copy of your accepted manuscript in the Sydney eScholarship Repository at no cost.  

Some publishers offer discounts or vouchers to support APCs as part of their annual subscription.  

  • From 2022, Elsevier offer a 12.5% discount on open access APCs for University of Sydney authors.  

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry includes a set number of APC “vouchers” with their annual subscription.  

  • IGI Global offers 10 free APCs per year with their annual subscription (on a first come, first serve basis).   

To access discounts and or APC “vouchers” you must ensure you use your email address and list “The University of Sydney” as your primary affiliation when you submit your article.

For more information on discounts and offsets for each of these particular publishers, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian

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