Article-processing charges (APC)


While the traditional model relies on restricting access to published research in order to recoup the costs of the publication process, the open access publishing model treats publication as the last phase of the research process.

Instead of charging users a fee to read the content, an article-processing charge (APC) is levied at the beginning of the process.

This charge, covers the entire cost of the publication process. This includes peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving, and allows immediate access to the full text versions of the research articles.

For authors from low-income countries, we routinely waive the APCs. This policy is supported by our open access waiver policy. Individual waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of lack of funds.

For more information about APCs, see our Article-processing charges FAQ.

Article-processing charges (APC) FAQ

1. Why does this journal have article-processing charges?

Open access publishing is not without costs. Springer defrays these costs through article-processing charges because it does not have subscription charges for its research content. The company instead believes that immediate, worldwide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community 

2. What do the article-processing charges pay for?

Article-processing charges pay for:

  • Immediate, worldwide open access to the full article text
  • Developing and maintaining electronic tools for peer review and publication
  • Preparation in various formats for online publication
  • Securing inclusion in relevant indexing services as soon as possible after publication
  • Securing inclusion and enabling electronic citation in other journals that are available electronically

3. How much is IJMI charging?

IJMI’s article-processing charges (APC) is £300.

4. Does IJMI offer discounts on article-processing charges?

Publication charge waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be granted if the author genuinely does not have the ability to pay. A 25 – 50 % waiver can be given to the authors unable to pay the charges. In addition to it, further waiver can be given as; 15% on submission of one quality article, 25% on submission of two quality articles, 50% for three quality articles, 70% for four quality articles.

5. Are any taxes included in this charge?

No taxes are included in this charge. Authors resident in any European Union country have to add Value-Added Tax (VAT, currently 20%).

6. To which articles will this charge apply?

To all articles that have been accepted for open access publication in IJMI.

7. Who is responsible for making the payment?

Whoever submits the manuscript is responsible for making or arranging the payment (author/s).

8. How do I pay?

Unless a waiver has been granted, the submitting author must confirm, on submission, that they will pay should the article be accepted for publication. If a manuscript is ready to be accepted, following peer review, the author will be notified and should provide payment by one of the following methods:

Payment by credit card: the credit card details can be provided using a secure form, at the time the manuscript is ready for acceptance. No charges will be processed until the article is accepted for publication, and the author will be notified of any charges that have been made.

Payment upon invoice: to be paid within 30 days of receipt of an invoice.

Payment through bank:

Payment can be made through bank Account Number.

In all cases, a scanned receipt will be sent to the editor IJMI, after the payment has been made. The author will receive an official acknowledgement from Chief Editor IJMI.

9. Do authors from low-income countries have to pay APCs?

Authors from low-income countries can apply for 5-% waiver on submission and will be notified by email.

As the headquarter of the Journal is situated in London, UK, so you will be quoted/charged our GB-Pounds rate dependent on your local currency. Payment can be made in your local currency equal to the fee in GB-Pounds.