An article processing charge (APC) is a fee charged to enable an article to be made open access on publication. APCs can vary journal to journal, so be sure to check the journal’s individual website to find out the current APC. 

For gold open access journals, the APC is payable after acceptance of the article and before publication.

For hybrid open access (SAGE Choice) the article can be made open access on publication or can be requested to be made open access after publication. Find out more in the SAGE Choice FAQs.