- Why does CytoJournal have article-publication charges?
- What do the article-publication charges pay for?
- How much is CytoJournal charging?
- To which articles will this charge apply?
- Why a flat charge rather than one based on page numbers?
- Who is responsible for making the payment?
- Which funding agencies explicitly allow direct use of their
grants to cover article-publication charges?
- How do I pay?
- Can charges be waived if the author cannot pay?
Q1. Why does CytoJournal have article-publication charges?
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
Q2. What do the article-publication charges pay for?
- immediate world-wide barrier-free open access to the full
- preparation in various formats for online publication
- securing inclusion in PubMed as soon as possible after
- 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?
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?
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?
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)
California Institute for
Regenerative Medicine (US)
Canadian Institutes of Health
Centre National de la Recherche
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Fonds zur Forderung der
wissenschaftlichen Forschung (Austria)
Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk
Health Research Board (Ireland)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Indian Council of Medical
International Human Frontier
Science Program Organization (International)
Israel Science Foundation
Max Planck Society (Germany)
Medical Research Council
National Health Service (UK)
National Institutes of Health
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National Science Foundation
Natural Environment Research
Nederlandse Organisatie voor
Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands)
South African Medical Research
Council (South Africa)
Swedish Foundation for Strategic
Swedish Research Council (Sweden)
Swiss National Science Foundation
Wellcome Trust (UK)
Q8. How do I pay?
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?
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