Open Access

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Open Access and Charges
Authors whose papers are accepted for publication in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes are required to pay an article processing charge (APC).

The APC for npj Biofilms and Microbiomes is as follows (plus VAT or local taxes where applicable):  

Article Processing Charge


UK & RoW




Original Article





RMB 22,070

Other article types





RMB 10,230

Open Access Funding
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Publishing Open Access
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