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Why a fee is charged?
A fee is charged to cover the costs of article production and making it freely available to the public. The typical costs associated with the production of an article include unrestricted free open access, technology, processing, post publication activities.
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.
Article processing: Receiving manuscript, preliminary check of manuscripts 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 different indexing agencies, adding metadata to agreed industry standards and handling, and project management.
Post publication activities: Permanent preservation using Portico and other service providers, applying for indexing in various repositories, promotion, marketing and continued online presence.
Fee waiver policy
Low-income economies: If a manuscript 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 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