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» Article Publication Charge FAQ
 
 
  1. Why does CytoJournal have article-publication charges?
  2. What do the article-publication charges pay for?
  3. How much is CytoJournal charging?
  4. To which articles will this charge apply?
  5. Why a flat charge rather than one based on page numbers?
  6. Who is responsible for making the payment?
  7. Which funding agencies explicitly allow direct use of their grants to cover article-publication charges?
  8. How do I pay?
  9. Can charges be waived if the author cannot pay?

 

Q1. Why does CytoJournal have article-publication charges?

Ans:
Publishing with open access is not without costs. CytoJournal defrays those costs from article-publication charges, because it does not have subscription charges for its research content, believing instead that immediate, world-wide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community.

Q2. What do the article-publication charges pay for?

Ans:

  • immediate world-wide barrier-free open access to the full text
  • preparation in various formats for online publication
  • securing inclusion in PubMed as soon as possible after publication
  • securing full text inclusion in a number of permanent archives such as PubMed Central
  • securing inclusion in CrossRef (enabling electronic citation in other journals that are available electronically)

Q3. How much is CytoJournal charging?

Ans: Please refer to this page

Q4. To which articles will this charge apply?

Ans: All types of article.

Q5. Why a flat charge rather than one based on page numbers?

Ans:
The size of an article is a poor indicator of the actual amount of work involved in obtaining peer reviews and in preparing the article for publication. A more useful discriminator might be the state an article is in when submitted, and its complexity, but the lack of objective tools to measure these has lead us to conclude that a flat fee is the fairest approach at this stage.

Q6. Who is responsible for making the payment?

Ans:
Whoever submits the manuscript is responsible for making or arranging the payment (for instance, via his or her institution)

Q7. Which funding agencies explicitly allow direct use of their grants to cover article-publication charges?

Ans:
Many funding agencies allow the use of grants for this purpose, and an increasing number such as the Wellcome Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the US National Institutes for Health strongly encourage Open Access publication.The following is a list of funding agencies we know of that have confirmed that they allow the payment of article publication charges:

Academy of Finland (Finland)
BIOTEC (Thailand)
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (US)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Canada)
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (Spain)
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy)
Danmarks Grundforskningsfond (Denmark)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany)
FAPESP (Brazil)
Fondazione Telethon (Italy)
Fonds zur Forderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Austria)
Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Belgium)
Health Research Board (Ireland)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (US)
Indian Council of Medical Research (India)
INSERM (France)
International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (International)
Israel Science Foundation (Israel)
Max Planck Society (Germany)
Medical Research Council (UK)
National Health Service (UK)
National Institutes of Health (US) Are you an NIH grantee? More details
National Science Foundation (US)
Natural Environment Research Council (UK)
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands)
Rockefeller Foundation (US)
South African Medical Research Council (South Africa)
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (Sweden)
Swedish Research Council (Sweden)
Swiss National Science Foundation (Switzerland)
Wellcome Trust (UK) More details

Q8. How do I pay?

Ans:
Unless a waiver has been granted, the submitting author must confirm, on submission, that they will pay should the article be accepted for publication. If a manuscript is ready to be accepted, following peer review, the author will be notified and should provide payment by one of the following methods:

Payment by check: must be received within 30 days of the manuscript being ready for acceptance.
Payment by credit card: the credit card details can be provided using a secure PayPal, 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 other than by credit card carries an administrative surcharge of USD 100. In all cases a receipt will be sent after the payment has been received.

Q9 Can charges be waived if the author cannot pay?

Ans:
Individual waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of lack of funds. To apply for a waiver please request one during the submission process. A decision on the waiver will normally be made within two working days. Submission of the article to the journal can then be completed.

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