Article Processing Charges
General Information on BRJs’ Article Processing Charges (APC)
BRJ publishes all its journals in full open access, meaning unlimited use and reuse of articles, in addition to giving credit to the authors. All our articles are published under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.
Authors pay a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover the costs of peer review administration and management and dissemination of published papers in various venues, in addition to other publishing functions. There are no charges for rejected articles, no submission charges, and no surcharges based on the length of an article, figures or supplementary data. Some items (Editorials, Corrections, Addendums, Retractions, Comments, etc.) are published free of charge.
Note: Professional production of articles in PDF and other formats is not covered in APC
Here is a breakdown of how our APCs are used. In calculating these values, we have followed recommendations from the Fair Open Access Alliance, an organization that promotes sustainable and transparent scholarly open access publishing. This also makes BRJs fully compliant with the requirements of Plan S, a key funder initiative to promote Open Access.
1. Publishing Operations & Projects
BRJs develops and maintains its own electronic submission and peer-review website (Journal Managing System).
2. Journal publication
- Triaging — Filtering of papers upon submission by internal staff and editorial board members.
- Organization of peer-review—BRJs provides a high degree of assistance to Academic Editors so that they can only focus on editorial decisions. We employ in-house editors to invite reviewers, collect review reports, communicate with authors and reviewers, correspond with authors about revision, etc.)
- Production—including copy-editing, typesetting, copy-editing
- Proofreading—Corresponding with authors to approve the final text and requesting any missing information.
- Other Editorial assistance—Handling any questions and requests for support before submission, during the editorial and peer-review process, or post-publication.
- Journal management & development—The in-house Managing Editors track key performance indicators of each journal, monitor competing journals and the trends in the field. They also provide reports and hold discussions with the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board.)
- Indexing & archiving—BRJs has a team dedicated to indexing relations who advise on the eligibility of a journal for application to be indexed in various databases. Our team communicates closely with the contact persons at the different databases and receives regular updates on the status of applications. We dedicate time to keep ourselves up to date on any changes in the evaluation criteria or application procedure.
- Long term preservation—BRJs supports long-term preservation of all its articles in CLOCKSS & LOCKSS.
Note: BRJs provides English editing by native English speakers for all accepted papers but it is not included in the APC
3. Editorial Fees
BRJs pays a travel grant or stipend to all Editors-in-Chief and a share of revenue to the societies whose journals it publishes.
4. Marketing and Communication
BRJs allocates part of its income to the promotion of journals and articles through sponsorships of conferences, scholarly society events, and other promotional activities, as well as a series of awards to support researchers.
- Management & administration includes cost related to salaries of non-editorial staff and other business costs. They include all the fees paid by BRJs for membership in publishing organizations
- BRJs supports the activities of the BRJs Sustainability Foundation, including coordinating the World Sustainability Forum and World Sustainability Awards.
- BRJs is a debt-free company and is not repaying loans or investments.