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Processing Fees

The conventional business model for scientific publishers relies heavily on restricting access to published works, in order to recover the costs of the publication process. This restriction of access to published works prevents full use being made of digital outputs, and is contrary to the interests of authors, funders and the scientific community as a whole. The traditional subscription-based model is also becoming increasingly untenable, as increasing amounts of research work is being published whilst library budgets remain static.

As a result, SRJ open access publishing model considers publication as the last phase of the research process. Article-processing charges  cover the cost of the publication process to allow free and immediate access to the research articles. SRJ ensure transparency and allow publishers to compete to provide the best service at the best price. By combining the cost of publication to research budgets,SRJ ensure that the journal publishing system can scale to cope with an ever increasing volume of research.SRJ is committed to showing that open access provides a viable alternative that better fits the needs of the scientific community.

Standard Research Journals is a self supporting organization and does not receive funding from any institution/government. Hence, the operation of the journal is solely financed by the processing fees received from authors. The processing fees are required to meet operations expenses such as employees’ salaries, internet services, electricity, research, training and retraining, web hosting, awareness campaign, organization of conferences, corporate social responsibility and other production expenses. Being an Open Access Publisher, Standard Research Journals does not receive payment for subscription as the journals are freely accessible over the internet.

It costs money to produce a peer-reviewed, edited, and formatted article that is ready for online publication, and to host it on a server that is freely accessible without barriers around the clock. We ask that - as a small part of the cost of doing the research--the author, institution, or funding agency pays a modest fee to help cover the actual cost of the essential final step, the publication.

It is the vision of Standard Research Journals to support the Open Access initiative. All journals by Standard Research Journals are published without restriction to the international community. We strongly believe that the open access model will spur researches across the world especially in developing nations as researchers gain unrestricted access to high quality research articles.

It is the policy of Standard Research Journals not to request for grants for its operations as grants sometimes fails, forcing the organization to discontinue its operations. Rather we have chosen the model of self sustenance through collecting processing fee for articles published.

Authors are required to make payment only after their articles have been accepted for publication. Thus, we resulted to collecting the processing fee once an article has been reviewed and accepted for publication by an editor. Also, most authors receive a partial waiver (usually 50% - 70% - sometimes articles are published free of charge) depending on the country or sponsorship of the author. Waivers account for about 70% of all published articles. Processing fees of the various journals are stated in the ‘Instructions to Authors’. Processing fees are usually paid via wire transfer, Western Union or cheques. There are no financial reward for reviewers and editors of the various journals. These positions are purely voluntary.

Publication Processing Fees

All manuscripts submitted to SRJ are assumed to be submitted under the Open Access publishing model. In this publishing model, papers are peer-reviewed in the normal way under editorial control. When a paper is accepted for publication the author is issued with an invoice for payment of a publication processing fee. Payment of this charge allowsSRJ to recover its editorial and production costs and create a pool of funds that can be used to provide fee waivers for authors from lesser developed countries. Published papers appear electronically and are freely available from our websites. Authors may also use their published works on their own or institution's website.

Authors from developing countries

We promise that access to the research published in all our journals will remain free. However, as there is no charge to access the research, SRJ levy an article-processing charge on all published articles. Waiver requests are considered before the manuscript has been submitted, and the majority of SRJ journals routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Authors from developing countries may, at the discretion of the Publisher, be granted discounts or complete waivers. If you are from a developing country and need to apply for a waiver please send email to (accounts@standresjournals.org) with the following information:

  • Your name and institution with full address details
  • Title of journal you wish to submit a manuscript to
  • Reason for applying for a waiver
  • Title of your pape

Publication

As noted above, Open access publishing provides immediate, worldwide, free access to the full-text of all published articles. Open access allows scholars, scientists, government officials, and the general public to view, download, print, and redistribute any article without a subscription. Open access publishing insures a far superior means of distribution compared to the traditional subscription-based publishing model.

Because there are no subscription fees, publication costs are paid from an author's research budget, or by their supporting institution, in the form of Article Processing and Publication fee.  Once accepted for publication and upon receipt of the finished manuscript, all papers will be published online, usually within 72 hours, at the individual Journal website.

As a publisher, SRJ obviously has to be profitable to survive as a service for the international community. We believe that if we add value to research and scholarship, we are entitled to charge for access to it. If a journal commissions topical or thematic reviews, and so helps individuals orientate themselves amidst the intricacy of available research, it may have a subscription charge.

However, once again, we promise that access to all research will remain free.

SRJ do not have page charges, color figure charges or submission fees. Articles should be submitted in the formats that are detailed in the journal's instructions to authors. Articles must be written in sufficiently good English that they can readily be understood by peer reviewers and readers.


 

 
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