Charges and discounts
Find out about our article processing charges (APCs), and whether you qualify for a discount.
The Royal Society of Chemistry supports a sustainable model for open access publication. APCs support this model by contributing to the costs of publishing open access articles. The one-off charge enables us to provide excellent service for authors and to make articles freely available online. Read more about our open access policy
The APC required is dependent on the article type. We have three categories of article type.
||£1,000 (+ VAT if applicable)
||£1,600 (+ VAT if applicable)
||£2,500 (+ VAT if applicable)
Please contact our open access team if you are unsure of the correct article type.
Note: If you are applying as part of our Gold for Gold scheme, please use the alternative Gold for Gold application form.
We offer a variety of discounts on APCs. The following sections describe who is eligible and how you can claim a discount.
Members of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Please include your membership number in the online application form when requested to do so. We will then apply a 15% discount automatically. Find out more about how to join the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Institutions subscribing to RSC Gold
RSC Gold is the premium subscription package for our journals. Institutions subscribing to RSC Gold may also participate in our Gold for Gold scheme for free open access vouchers.
Please check with your librarian to find out whether your institution subscribes to RSC Gold and whether vouchers are available. Please include the name of your institution in the online application form. A 15% discount will be added automatically if no free vouchers are available.
Members of journal owner societies
The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes some journals that are co-owned by other member societies. Members of these societies are eligible for a 15% discount on APCs for the relevant journal. A list of the eligible societies can be found on the following journal web pages.
To claim the discount, please indicate your membership on the online application form when requested to do so. You may be asked to provide proof of membership.
We do not wish authors to be discriminated against if they are unable to pay article processing charges (APCs). Corresponding authors who are based in core offer countries classified as Group A by Research4Life are eligible to apply for a full APC waiver.
To apply for a waiver, please contact our open access team following submission of your manuscript. You will need to provide the following details:
- country of residence and affiliation of all authors
- location the research was conducted
- confirmation of all research grant funding received - this should include details of any funding body which has stipulated mandatory open access publication
All applications are handled by administration staff who will not be involved in the decision of the paper. Information about how the publication charge is covered will be kept confidential and not disclosed to those involved in peer review or editorial management.