Article Processing Charge

Buildings and Cities is an open access journal. Articles accepted for publication will normally incur an Article Publication Charge (APC) to cover the cost of publication. Funds for the APC can be sourced from an author’s institution or research funder.

This fee covers all publication costs to the publisher, including editorial processes; web hosting; indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration; etc. and a contribution to cover running costs and educational outreach. This mechanism ensures that all of the content is fully open access, maximises the potential readership of publications and allows the journal to be run in a sustainable way.

Many institutions have funds available to support open access publications by their staff, therefore we ask that you contact the relevant body to cover the APC.

If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and institution library, as funds may be available to you.

If your manuscript is accepted, you will receive an APC request email along with information on how payment can be arranged.

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Please note that all APC invoices will have relevant taxes applied (e.g. VAT).

Waiver Information

If you do not have funds available to pay the APC (e.g., because your institution/funder will not cover the fee) then we may be able to offer a discount or full waiver. Priority is given to scholars in least developed countries.  Should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general, please ensure that you contact the editor as early as possible. Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC. Waiver requests must be received either before a submission or as part of the submission information (e.g. in the cover letter).

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