The scholarly communications landscape is changing. Authors can publish their articles in subscription or open access journals. When publishing in open access journals, the author has to pay for Article Processing Charges (APCs).
In many developing countries, universities, research institutions and national research funding agencies do not have budgets to cover APCs and authors have to pay from their own pockets.
To address this issue, the EIFL Licensing Programme negotiates with publishers for free or discounted APCs on behalf of authors from EIFL partner countries. Many publishers have their own waivers and discount schemes that are advertised on their websites; however these could be withdrawn or changed at any time. Therefore EIFL secures waivers and discounts for authors by signing multi-year agreements with publishers.
EIFL agreements with publishers aim to cover publishing in fully open access journals (which only include open access articles) and, during the period of transition to open access, also hybrid journals (which include a mix of open access and closed-access articles that can only be read by people who have subscriptions).