About Potential Article Processing Charges

Learn about potential article processing charges (APCs) associated with publishing your article. Although there is no cost for publishing with IEEE, you may wish to take advantage of some of our fee-based offerings listed below. For these charges, as well as voluntary page charges, you will receive an e-mail at billing time from IEEE’s partner Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) – RightsLink with detailed instructions for completing the payment process. Answers to frequent questions can be accessed at the IEEE Support Center.

Open Access

Your research funder may require that you publish open access, or you may simply want to maximize your audience by making your article freely available to read. IEEE offers several open access options to meet your needs. Learn more about our open access publishing options, our open access article processing charges, and our open access publishing agreements.

Page Length

Most IEEE journals limit the number of pages per article. In some cases, you may choose to exceed the page limit by paying overlength page charges, which vary according to the journal. If you choose to exceed the page limit, you will receive an invoice before article publication.

Color Printing

Online publication of your graphics in color is always free at IEEE. You may choose to also print your graphics in color for a fee of $275 USD per color graphic. Once your accepted article enters the production stage, your IEEE Journal Production Manager will contact you to discuss color printing. You may choose to have your graphics in color online and in black and white in print at no cost.


Visit our page on ordering reprints if you wish to purchase print copies of your published article.

A Note About COVID-19

Since many universities and institutions are operating with limited staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IEEE recognizes that there may be delays in APC payments. Unless prompted to seek funding approval, you will be able to pay your APCs by credit card or by invoice to signal payment is intended as staff or funding is available.

IEEE Refund Policy for APCs

An author’s open access APCs may be refunded when alternative funding is provided (e.g. by a funding agency or the author’s institution).

APCs will not be refunded when articles are retracted as a result of author error or misconduct.

If you need additional assistance, please contact onlinesupport@ieee.org.