Open Access Charge for Authors

Open Access Charge for Authors & Waiver Policy

Open Access (OA) publishing embodies a transformative approach that encourages unrestricted access and dissemination of published research, promoting a broader distribution and appreciation of knowledge. As the academic community continues to embrace the principles of OA, it is important for authors to recognise the financial considerations associated with this publishing model. This post aims to clarify the open access charge (OAC) that authors might incur when choosing to publish their work in an open access journal. In our journal, the OAC is set at £320, making it an affordable choice for sharing research globally.

Understanding Open Access Charges

The Open Access Charge, or Article Processing Charge (APC), is a fee typically required to publish work in an open access journal. This charge enables free access to the article for all readers, eliminating barriers to accessing the content. It typically covers the costs associated with publication, including peer review, editing, publishing, maintaining, and archiving, ensuring the article remains accessible and citable indefinitely.

The Rationale behind the 320-Pound Fee

Our journal sets the Open Access Charge at 320 pounds to facilitate equitable and wide-reaching knowledge dissemination. This modest fee structure helps maintain a high-quality publication process, covering the essential costs while keeping the OAC within an affordable range. This approach aligns with our commitment to OA principles, ensuring that research is freely accessible to a global audience while supporting the visibility and impact of scholarly work.

How Does This Fee Impact Authors?

This 320-pound Open Access Charge benefits authors by offering an affordable means to publish their research in a respected OA journal. Authors can focus on contributing valuable insights to their field without worrying about prohibitively high publication fees. The fee allows for the quality and relevance of the research to guide publication decisions, fostering a more inclusive and equitable academic environment.

Considerations for Authors

Even if the fee is within reach, authors have to be very careful not to simply publish in any open-access journal, but have to ensure that the journal is related to his or her area of research and upholds high academic and ethical standards. With the above values, success in impact must include amplified, rigorous peer-review processes, broad dissemination, and a commitment to the quality of published works. We, highly encourage authors to take advantage of this reasonably applicable OAC at our journal to disseminate research findings with the worldwide academic community, thereby contributing to collective knowledge and understanding advancement.

Waiver Policy

The Research Studies in English Language Teaching and Learning (RSELTL) journal is dedicated to providing equitable access to high-quality research. The purpose of this waiver policy is to ensure that authors facing financial constraints are not discouraged from submitting their valuable work due to processing or publication fees.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Geographical Location: Authors from low-income and lower-middle-income economies, as defined by the World Bank, are eligible to apply for a full or partial waiver.

  2. Personal Financial Circumstances: Authors facing significant financial hardship but not residing in the above regions may apply for a partial waiver. They must provide reasonable evidence or a detailed explanation of their circumstances.

  3. Non-Profit Researchers: Authors affiliated with non-profit organisations or NGOs conducting research without substantial external funding are encouraged to apply.

Application Process:

  1. Submission: Authors must submit a waiver application alongside their manuscript. The application should include:

    • A brief explanation of their financial circumstances.
    • Any supporting documentation (if applicable).
    • The type of waiver requested (full or partial).
  2. Review: The editorial board will evaluate waiver requests. The review is conducted separately from the manuscript review process to ensure unbiased evaluation.

  3. Notification: Applicants will be informed of the decision via email. If granted a partial waiver, authors will be notified of the remaining amount due.

Conditions

  1. The decision to grant a waiver lies entirely with the editorial board and is based on the information provided.

  2. Submitting a waiver application does not influence the editorial decision regarding the manuscript's publication.

  3. Waiver decisions are final, and authors may reapply for future submissions.

Confidentiality
All waiver applications are treated confidentially. Only the editorial board members responsible for waiver decisions will have access to the information provided.

Review and Updates
This waiver policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure it continues to serve the needs of authors while aligning with the journal’s mission and values. Updates will be communicated to potential contributors and posted on the journal's website.