Fee

The publishing fee for each book chapter in an edited volume is USD 600. The author for correspondence of each book chapter is responsible for making, or arranging, the payment (for example, via the institution) after the editorial acceptance of the chapter. An invoice will be issued to the author for correspondence with instructions for payment. 

What is included in the cost?

  1. Hardcover copy of the book: The author for correspondence will receive a hard cover copy of the book.
  2. Colour Figures: There is no extra cost for colour figures in print.
  3. Postage and handling: There is no extra cost for international postage and handling.
  4. Free open access: Electronic versions of the chapters will be open access, freely available under CC BY NC 4.0.
  5. Copyright: The authors retain the copyright of their work.
  6. Permanent preservation: Preservation using Portico and other service providers and continued online presence
  7. Indexing: Applying for indexing in various repositories
  8. Book promotion: Targeted promotion of the book to fellow scientists

How does our cost compare?

The cost of a typical open access article ranges from USD 1400 to 5000. Authors do not get a hard cover copy of the issue in which their article was published. We provide a hard cover copy of the book to the author for correspondence of each chapter at no extra cost. Also we do not charge any extra for postage and handling. Many traditional publishers charge more than USD 500 for a single colour figure in print. We allow up to three multi-panel colour figures per chapter at no extra cost. 

Why a fee is charged?

A fee is charged to cover the costs of book production and making it freely available to the public. The typical costs associated with the production of a book include unrestricted free open access, technology, book processing, post publication activities, hard cover copies of the book and postage and handling.

Unrestricted free open access: All publications are freely available to the public. Anyone with an access to internet can access, read and download your articles without any restrictions. 

Technology: Online presence requires a publication platform, hosting, necessary security features and email services. 

Book processing: Receiving book proposals, preliminary check of manuscript to ensure adherence to guidelines, plagiarism check, communicating between authors/editors, organizing peer review, receiving revised manuscripts, copyediting, implementing corrections by authors, type setting, layout editing, proof reading, graphic design, cover design, assigning doi to articles, reference checking, assigning dois to references, indexing, file conversion to XML in accordance with NCBI bookshelf guidelines, adding metadata to agreed industry standards, purchasing ISBN and barcodes, printing and binding, postage and handling, and project management.

Post publication activities: Permanent preservation using Portico and other service providers, applying for indexing in various repositories, book promotion, marketing and continued online presence.

Hard cover copies of the book: Production of hard cover copies of the book, and mailing them to authors and editors.

International postage and handling: There is no extra cost for international postage and handling.

Fee waiver policy 

Low-income economies: If a chapter in an edited volume is contributed by authors from countries listed as low-income economies by the World Bank, we offer complete fee waiver upon producing proof from their institutions that all authors reside in that country, and that the research was done in that country or another lower-middle income economies. The list of countries is given below: 

Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea (Dem. People's Rep), Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe 

Lower-middle- income economies: If a chapter in an an edited volume is contributed by authors from countries listed as lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank, we offer 50% fee waiver upon producing proof from their institutions that all authors reside in that country, and that the research was done in that country or another lower-middle income economies. The list of countries is given below: 

Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (Rep), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt (Arab Rep), El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesothom, Mauritania, Micronesia (Fed. Sts), Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen (Rep), Zambia