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Nina Schoenfelder Bielefeld University
With the ongoing open-access transformation, article processing charges (APCs) are gaining importance as the dominant business model for scientific open-access journals. This paper analyzes which factors determine the level of an APC by means of multivariate linear regression. The results show that the journal’s impact and the hybrid status are the most important factors. However, the relationship between APC and SNIP is different for open-access journals and hybrid journals. The journal’s impact is crucial for the level of APCs in open-access journals, whereas it little alters APCs for publications in hybrid-journals.