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Guide to Publishing: Article Processing Charges (APC) funds and discounts

What APC?

Article processing charges (APC) are payments that publishers collect from authors in exchange for open access publishing. APC´s are not payments related to extra pages or figures included in the article.

Business models based on APC´s are used by Gold OA journals and hybrid journals. In Gold OA journals all of the journals content is immediately open in the publisher platform. Hybrid journals offer the option to buy the article open access, while the remainder of the journals content remains paywalled.

APC´s can vary from couple of hundreds of euros up to several thousands, hybrid journals typically being more expensive.

Haaga-Helia personnel are entitled to publish without APC´s or with a discounted APC in selected journals. This benefit comes with the library´s journal subscription packages. Personnel also have the option to apply funds to cover APC´s in journals that are not included in these subscription packages.

Haaga-Helia funds APC´s

Haaga-Helia personnel can apply funds for covering article processing charges of open access journals. Funds are primarily targeted for articles that cannot secure apc-funding from projectfunds, and are published in journals, that are not included in Haaga-Helia library´s open access publishing agreements.

APC-funds are granted on the conditions that:

1. The receiver of the funds is the corresponding author of the article, who has an affiliation to Haaga-Helia when submitting the article to the journal.

2. The journal is open access or a hybrid journal, and the quality of the journal can be estimated being good from one or various sources (f.ex. JUFO 1–13, included in DOAJ database, SNIP 1.0 etc)

3. The article has been accepted for publication no earlier than 1.1.2022.

4. The article is a peer-reviewed original research article or a review article or an article in an edited volume intended for scientific audience (publication types A1, A2 or A3).

5. The article is published under a Creative Commons license.

6. The article does not receive apc-funding from other sources.


Use the form found on this page for applying.

Haaga-Helia´s library deal with the application and decides on granting the funds based on the criteria mentioned above.

The library supports open access publishing also by self-archiving publications and including for the personnel the right to free or discounted apc´s in its journal subscription packages. You can find more information on these options in this guide.

Selected OA contract journals

Library´s journal subscription packages include the right for free or discounted OA publishing for Haaga-Helia´s personnel. The excel list provides a selected collection of these journals and filtering by journal title, JUFO-rank or research field.

Below, you can browse all the journals included in the OA-contracts by publisher.

Get your article published OA without Article processing charges (APCs)

Haaga-Helia staff members are entitled to discounts for article processing charges of some Open Access publications. The FinElib Consortium has agreements with following publishers:


Haagahelians can publish their articles open access without article processing charge (APC) in Elsevier hybrid journals eligible for the agreement. Discount is available when these conditions are met: the researcher is the corresponding author of the article and the article is accepted between 1.1.2021-31.12.2023. There is a limited number of free open access articles available during the agreement period 2021-2023.


FinELib consortium’s agreement with Emerald offers authors an opportunity to publish their articles voucher under the CC BY-license with a free open access. The vouchers can be used during the agreement term 1.1.2021-31.12.2023. Vouchers are available for corresponding authors and for articles that are accepted for publication during the agreement term. For 2021 there is a total of 118 vouchers. In the following two years of the agreement the number of vouchers is unlimited.


According to the agreement made by FinELib consortium, haagahelians can publish their articles with SAGE as open access free of charge. A 20 % discount is available in some journals. The terms apply to the corresponding author of the article if the article is accepted to publication during the agreement period 1.1.2020-31.12.2022.


Haaga-Helia´s Corresponding authors have the opportunity to publish their articles open access during the agreement term 2021 - 2023 without article processing charges (APC) in IEEE's hybrid and full OA journals. There is a limited amount of free open access articles but they are estimated to cover publications for the contract period.


Haaga-Helia´s Corresponding authors have the opportunity to publish their articles open access during the agreement term 1.7.2022 - 31.12.2024 without article processing charges (APC) in ACM journals and conference proceedings. To be eligible for the free OA-publishing, the author has to use Haaga-Helia´s email address when submitting the article and once the paper has been accepted for publishing, select options "Institutionally Paid Open Access" ja CC license / Allow remixing (CC BY 4.0)in the publication process.


Apply for APC funds

Reporting APC to Justus

If you published open access with article processing charges (APC), report the APC when you register the publication to JUSTS by inserting the amount of APC in the field Publication fee. You can also give additional information on how the APC was covered (project funds, what project etc.)

What are predatory publishers?

The flipside of open access publishing are "predatory" open access publishers take take advantage of open access business models based on article processing charges or other author fees.

These publishers operate on pay-to-publish model where there are no actual peer-review processes or editorial processes in place, even though the publisher may claim to adhere to principles of scientific publishing and peer-review. In practice, anything get´s published if the usually quite low cost APC is paid.

The publishers or journals can adopt a misleading name and title, imitating or copying reputable and prestigious journals. Journal titles and aims and scope can also be all-encompassing.

When a journal or publishers contacts you by email solicitating manuscript submissions based on your conference presentation or previous research article, pay attention to style and language, who is the undersigned, what is the email address where the message came from. Usually predatory publishers are quickly spotted, but some can be quite convincing, and it might be a good idea to search some more information about the publisher and journal in question.

Is the journal website professional? Is the information there correct? Do the articles they have previously publish demonstrate good editorial standards?

You can contact Haaga-Helia library if you need a second opinion on any offers to publish you may get.

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