1. Why do Science Publishing Group journals have article-processing charges?
Science Publishing Group publishes all its journals in full open access format. The scientific community and the general public can unlimitedly and immediately access all content published in our journals for free as soon as it is published on the Internet. This means that Science Publishing Group does not have any income from selling subscriptions to print or online versions of its journals. Therefore, Science Publishing Group needs to defray its editorial and production costs by collecting article processing charges (APC) from authors' institutes or research funding bodies. Science Publishing Group is committed to keep its open access publication charges at a minimum level.
We believe that immediate, worldwide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community.
2. How much does Science Publishing Group charge for its different journals?
Science Publishing Group offers large discounts on APC.
The normal APCs (Charges for Copyediting, proofreading and other editing services) for a manuscript are 500USD. For manuscripts submitted before May 31, 2014, Science Publishing Group offers various discounts on APCs, which are outlined below:
For authors from high-income countries , the amount of APC is 220USD.
For authors from upper-middle-income countries , the amount of APC is 170USD.
For authors from lower-middle-income countries , the amount of APC is 120USD.
For authors from low-income countries , the amount of APC is 70USD.
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Science Publishing Group offers discounts on its article processing charges for regular submissions, and Science Publishing Group also publishes selected articles invited by the Editorial Office for free. In addition, Science Publishing Group offers a discount to reviewers of some journals to thank them for their services or to previous authors to thank them for their loyalty.
The article-processing charge includes: professional copyediting; immediate publication quickly upon acceptance; different format of publication (HTML, PDF).
3. Are reprints of my article included in the article processing charges (APC)?
Article processing charges (APC) do not entitle the authors to receive reprints of their published article. Reprints can be ordered separately and optionally for any article that has been published in a Science Publishing Group journal. To request an offer for reprints of an article, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
4. How do I pay?
The submitting author needs to arrange payment of the article-processing charge unless a waiver has been granted.
Following peer review, once a manuscript has received editorial acceptance in principle, the article-processing charge becomes payable and formatting checks on the manuscript will commence. Once formatting checks are completed, and payment of the article-processing charge has been received, the article will be published.
Science Publishing Group currently supports the following payment methods:
- • Wire Transfer in US Dollars (USD)
- • Payment through PayPal
- • Payment with Credit Card