About the Article Processing Charge

Insights into Imaging (I3) is committed to showing that open access provides a viable alternative that better fits the needs of the scientific community than the traditional business model of restricting content by subscriptions and fees.

How much is the APC for Insights into Imaging?
The APC for publication in Insights into Imaging is €2,340 / $2,795 / £1,985 (excl. VAT).

Are there any discounts?
SpringerOpen operates a membership program that offers support services to funders and institutions across the world. You can check if your institution is a Member or Supporting Member on this page.

When do I have to pay?
The APC needs to be paid, if not otherwise waived (see discounts above) after acceptance. You do not have to pay any charges for submissions or revisions if they are not accepted for publication. APCs are applicable only upon acceptance.

Is the APC dependent on the article length?


Does the submitting or corresponding author pay the APC?
The submitting author is responsible for making or arranging the payment.

Which funding agencies explicitly allow direct use of their grants to cover APCs?
Many funding agencies allow the use of grants for this purpose and the number is increasing. See a list of funding agencies that provide publication allowances here.

How do I pay?
The submitting author must confirm, upon submission, that they will pay the APC should the article be accepted for publication. If a manuscript after peer review is ready to be accepted, 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 other than by credit card carries an administrative surcharge of £50. In all cases a receipt will be sent after the payment has been received.

What happens if an author cannot pay?
Individual waiver requests will be considered by the publisher on a case-by-case basis due to a limited number of waivers available and may be granted in cases of lack of funds. To apply for a waiver, please request it during the submission process. A decision on the waiver will normally be made within two weeks. Submission of the article to the journal can then be completed.

Can the APC rate change from submission to acceptance stage?
No. The APC payable for an article is determined at the time payment is agreed to as part of the submission process. This means:

  • If the APC goes up between submission and publication, you still pay the lower APC.
  • If the exchange rates change between submission and publication, an author still pays the amount in their applicable currency that they agreed to pay on submission.
  • If an institution ceases to be a member between submission and publication of an author’s article, they still receive membership benefits. Conversely, if an institution becomes a member after the author submits an article, that article will not in general be covered by the membership.

Do authors from low-income countries have to pay APCs?
The publisher will provide a waiver or discount if you are based in a country which is classified by the World Bank as a low-income or a lower-middle-income economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of less than $200bn. Please request this waiver or discount during submission. See here for further information and a full list of qualifying countries.