Article Publication Charge FAQ
- 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?
Ans: 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, worldwide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community.
Q2. What do the article-publication charges pay for?
- immediate world-wide barrier-free open access to the full text
- preparation in various formats for online publication
- securing inclusion in PubMed as soon as possible after publication
- 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: APC is totally waived for all CF Members (https://cytojournal.com/cf-member).
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 to lead us to conclude that a flat fee is the fairest approach at this stage.
Q6. Who is responsible for making the payment?
Ans: 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?
Ans: 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: