Fee waiver

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Short Definition: Full or partial waiver for article processing charges (APCs) offered by some publishers to authors based in selected developing countries or low-income economies.

Extended Definition: Full or partial waiver for article processing charges (APCs) offered by some publishers to authors based in selected developing countries or low-income economies, based on the premise that inability to pay should not preclude publication. Fee waivers are sometimes offered as a marketing incentive for a fixed period to all authors.

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Related Terms: Publication assistance (PLoS)

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Term Lead: CASRAI Editor

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This is a misnomer. Fee waivers aren’t limited to this extent at many publishers e.g. PLOS. Fee waivers may be given simply if the authors have no means to pay. Many palaeontologists in the U.K. And US have received fee waivers to enable them to publish their research in PLOS journals (others too). Fee waivers thus may also, by some publishers (not all), be given to those who cannot afford to pay for the typical APC.

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