Q. Does SDSU pay article publishing/processing charges (APC)?

Does SDSU pay article publishing charges, article processing charges, author publishing charges, author processing charges (APC)?


SDSU authors are able to publish open access, with no additional costs associated, through a 2-year agreement (2020-2021) between the California State University system and Elsevier. The agreement to waive article publishing/processing charges (APCs) applies to journals published by Elsevier. For open access publishing in Elsevier: 

  • Use the journal search tool to find eligible titles.
  • The corresponding author must be affiliated with a CSU institution. If authors (faculty, staff, students) have difficulty being verified as members of the CSU, contact SDSU Library Collections Management for follow-up with Elsevier/SDLC.
  • The article must have a submission date between Jan. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2021.
  • Articles will be published and made freely available on ScienceDirect with a choice between two reuse licenses: CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND.

For possible campus funds to cover other journal and publisher APCs, contact your department chair or dean. To identify outside funding sources try this list of research funders and institutions worldwide that cover open access article processing charges (APCs).

Additional publishing details about the Elsevier agreement are available on the Elsevier site for CSU.

 ​​​​​More information about the agreement is available online. 


  • Last Updated Oct 15, 2020
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  • Answered By Carolyn Baber

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