Eurasia Academic Publishing Group

Gold Open Access

All of our subscription journals offer authors the choice to pay a charge (article publishing charge or APC), allowing the final published article (the definitive Version of Record/VoR) to be published Open Access (OA). This makes the published article freely available online from the journal site, and ensures that most types of distribution and re-use will be permitted without restrictions or charges.

Selection of Gold OA for a manuscript has no bearing whatsoever on the editorial decisions and the outcome of peer review. The decision to publish an article is governed entirely by the peer-review process and our Editors. The Journals’ Editors and Reviewers will not know whether an author has opted to pay for Gold OA. Payment to facilitate Gold OA is only collected after (if) a manuscript has been formally accepted for publication.

Waivers
To support and boost bioscience in the developing world, the EurAsia Academic Publishing Group, go above and beyond the existing HINARI programme and offer either completely free or discounted Gold Open Access (OA) publication to authors from low-income countries.

Qualifying authors are requested to email production@eaapublishing.org at the time of article submission in order to take advantage of free OA publication or OA at a discounted rate.

Archiving policy & Green Open Access
Subscription articles: The final published Version of Record (VoR) for subscription articles may not be shared or posted to institutional repositories, personal webpages, blogs, listservs, ResearchGate or any other websites that are not password-protected. Authors are not normally permitted to share their articles (VoR) on any website that is open to the public. Please refer to our policy on the sharing of articles.
Authors’ Accepted Manuscripts (AMs) can be archived in an institutional repository after an embargo of 12 months; however, this does not extend to subject repositories. See also Green Open Access (OA), below.

Green OA: EurAsia Academic Publishing Group allows deposits for all Accepted Manuscripts in institutional repositories after an embargo period of 12 months.
Authors and librarians are invited to archive Accepted Manuscripts (not the final published PDF which is the definitive Version of Record of the article, but the manuscript that was accepted for publication following peer review) in institutional repositories, 12 months after publication of the VoR.

Funder exception: Deposits of the AM to subject repositories, such as PubMed Central, are only permitted if this is mandated by the funder. 

When archiving, please:

  1. Make clear that this is not the final peer-reviewed Version of Record;
  2. Include a link to the Version of Record on the journal website;
  3. Ensure that the journal carrying the final published version of the article is attributed.

Archiving/sharing of Gold OA papers: As an APC will have been paid to make the final article OA, Authors (or indeed anyone) may share the final published PDF/Version of Record of Gold OA articles on any websites including blogs, personal pages, institutional repositories and subject archives. We encourage Authors and others to include a link to the published article on the journal page when re-posting, sharing or re-using an article (in whole or in part) elsewhere. Please check the licence of the published article as commercial re-use and adaptations will be subject to permissions in some cases.

Open Access: General FAQs
What is open access (OA)?

  • Ability to access, use and reproduce published material as per the terms of the licence it is available under
  • Distinct from ‘free’ which covers simply the ability to view content

Does EurAsia Academic Publishing Group publish an open-access journal?
Yes. All wholly-owned EurAsia Academic Publishing Group journals are fully open access.

What open access (OA) options does Eurasia Academic Publishing Group offer?
Gold OA, which gives immediate open access to the final published version of the article.
Green OA, allows manuscripts to be put in repositories after 12 months.
Recently, EurAsia Academic Publishing Group publishes Full OA journals where all articles are published Gold OA.

Are any discounts available?
Yes, these apply for:

  • Authors from low-income countries as defined by HINARI.

For more information on discounts see the overview table at the top of this page and the waivers section above.

What open access licences are used?
All Gold OA papers are offered under the CC BY-ND 4.0 licence except where CC-BY publication is mandated by a funder, in which case authors are offered a CC-BY licence.
The terms of our permission policy apply for the final published versions of any archived/Green OA papers.
Authors always retain the copyright to their work, and EurAsia Academic Publishing retains an exclusive licence to publish the work, regardless of the OA option.

Does the choice of any open access option have any effect on editorial decisions?
No.

If I opt for Green open access, what are the rules?
EurAsia Academic Publishing Group only allows posting/archiving of the authors’ Accepted Manuscript (AM) after an embargo of 12 months. For more details please see the Archiving Policy. Also, note that if a funder requires that Accepted Manuscripts become available within 6 months then the Gold Open Access route should be selected to ensure immediate Open Access and continued funder-compliance.

Will the payment of a fee have any influence on whether my article is accepted for publication?
All manuscripts submitted to journals published by EurAsia Academic Publishing Group will receive the same fair, thorough and fast peer-review process. You will only be contacted about the payment to facilitate OA after the peer review and evaluation of your paper is complete, and if your manuscript is formally accepted for publication.

What is my APC for? What do article publishing charges cover?
When an article is published under the Gold OA route, no revenue is made from subscriptions, and costs do need to be covered in other ways. EurAsia Academic Publishing Group’ costs include:

  • journal hosting platform
  • the cost of considering and peer-reviewing content that is rejected from the journal
  • editors who assure that content published is of a suitable quality and good standard
  • retro-digitization and archiving
  • investing in innovation for the future of scholarly publishing
  • training of staff and editors around publication ethics and publishing processes
  • colour publication, even in print, offered free to authors

This is not an exhaustive list, but an article on The Scholarly Kitchen covers all the things that publishers do that OA publishing and APCs support.

Will I have to pay a submission fee?
No.

Are there any additional page charges?
No.

Will I have to pay for colour?
Where colour aids understanding of the data, EurAsia Academic Publishing Group does not charge authors for publishing images and figures in colour.

Why should authors publish open access?
Some funder mandates (such as Plan S by coalition S) require authors to publish their work in open access journals. Many institutions also encourage their authors to publish OA, and some provide funds to help authors do so.

Are EAPG open access journals compliant with funder mandates such as Plan S?
Yes, all of the EAPG fully open access journals are compliant with funder mandates as all articles will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) enabling authors to retain copyright.

What if I cannot pay?
If you cannot afford to pay for OA, your article will be available via the reader-pays model as a subscription article. Note that if payment for an OA article is not made within 30 days of the time the APC is charged then EurAsia Academic Publishing Group reserves the right to apply the subscription barrier such that your article will no longer be freely available as an OA paper.

Will publication of my manuscript be delayed if payment is not received by the time it is accepted for publication?
EurAsia Academic Publishing Group constantly endeavours to keep handling times to the minimum. The processing of your article will not be delayed in any way at any stage owing to a failure to pay; however, the Version of Record (VoR) of your accepted article will revert to the reader-pays (subscription) model if payment is not received within 30 days of the time the APC is charged.

What licence will my OA manuscript be published under?
OA articles will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0) unless a funding body mandates OA publication under a ‘CC-BY’ licence, in which case a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) will apply.
The CC BY-ND 4.0 licence permits copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the licence terms.
The CC-BY licence permits unrestricted use, re-use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is cited appropriately.
Authors and readers alike will be able to use and reproduce hybrid OA articles as per the terms of the Creative Commons licence under which the article is published.

What about copyright?
The copyright for all articles published in EurAsia Academic Publishing Group journals always remains with the Author(s). EAAP will acknowledge this in the copyright line that appears on each article.

How will readers know which articles are freely accessible?
OA articles will be clearly identifiable via an ‘unlock’ icon in the Table of Contents and on the article itself. Readers arriving at an article from PubMed/MEDLINE® will be directed straight to the full text of the article rather than the abstract page.
In addition, PDFs of OA articles will carry clear symbols to denote OA status and the XML of OA articles will be tagged so that their OA status is also machine-readable. This makes the OA status (as well as the licensing information) clear for any type of use and/or re-use.

How may authors use OA articles?
OA entitles you and your co-authors (and indeed readers as well) to post the PDF version of the final Version of Record (VoR), on your own or institutional website, or to free public servers in the relevant subject area.
In addition, all forms of re-use, republication and distribution are all permitted, including sharing the full text on social media and elsewhere online, as long as the original article is properly cited and, in most cases, as long as this is not for direct commercial gain. We encourage and request authors and readers to include a link to the published article on the journal site wherever an OA article is re-used or re-posted.

What about PubMed Central?
EurAsia Academic Publishing Group will post all OA articles to PubMed Central as a service to authors and permit their inclusion in PubMed Central mirror sites.

What about authors from developing countries?
EurAsia Academic Publishing Group supports HINARI run by the World Health Organization and part of the Research4Life partnership. This means that low-income countries can already obtain free (or very low-cost) access to its journals. In addition to this, EAAP also offers discounts and/or waivers for OA publication – for information on this, please see the Waivers section.

What is the article publishing charge (APC) for? What do APCs cover?When an article is published under the Gold OA route, no revenue is made from subscriptions, and costs need to be covered in other ways. EurAsia Academic Publishing Group’ costs include:

  • journal hosting platform
  • the cost of considering and peer-reviewing content that is rejected from the journal
  • editors who assure that content published is of a suitable quality and good standard
  • retro-digitization and archiving
  • investing in innovation for the future of scholarly publishing
  • training of staff and editors around publication ethics and publishing processes
  • colour publication, even in print, offered free to authors

This is not an exhaustive list, but an article on The Scholarly Kitchen covers all the things that publishers do that OA publishing and APCs support.

How will readers know which articles are OA?
Such articles will be clearly identifiable via an ‘unlock’ icon in the Table of Contents and on the article itself. Readers arriving at an article from PubMed/MEDLINE® will be directed straight to the full-text of the article rather than the abstract page.
In addition, PDFs of OA articles will carry clear symbols to denote OA status and the XML of OA articles will be tagged so that their OA status is also machine-readable. This makes the OA status (as well as the licensing information) clear for any type of use and/or re-use.

Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)
This licence permits copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format for any purpose, even commercially. The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the licence terms. Under the following terms you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorsed you or your use. If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you may not distribute the modified material.

Attribution CC-BY
This licence will be used where a funder mandates OA. This licence lets authors and others distribute, remix, tweak and build upon the published article, even commercially, as long as they credit the author and the source. This is the most accommodating of all the licences offered, and is compliant with mandates and OA policies of funding bodies such as the RCUK.

What about self-archiving?
All authors are free to use the Accepted Manuscript (the version that has been accepted for publication after Peer Review) for self-archiving on their own website or in their institutional repository, 12 months after the publication date, provided

  1. It is made clear that this is not the final peer-reviewed Version of Record
  2. That a link is provided to the Version of Record on the journal site and
  3. That the journal carrying the final published article is attributed.

Archiving to subject repositories such as PubMed Central are only permitted if this has been mandated by a funder. In cases where a funder mandates deposit of the Accepted Manuscript, the embargo is still 12 months. If the funder’s OA policy mandates that the Accepted Manuscript be posted within 6 months then Authors need to use the Gold Open-Access route to facilitate immediate Open Access of the final published article in order to remain compliant.

What about authors from developing countries?
EurAsia Academic Publishing Group supports HINARI run by the World Health Organization. This means that low-income countries can already obtain free (or very low-cost) access to its journals. In addition to this, EAPG also offers discounts and/or waivers for OA publication – for information on this, please see the Waivers section.

Funders
By providing Gold Open Access (OA) publication of the final article (under a CC-BY licence when this is mandated by a funder), and, for our OA journals, by allowing archiving of the accepted manuscript with 12-month embargoes.
See ROARMAP for a fuller list of funders and their OA policies. If you are mandated to publish OA and find that our policies do not permit a funder-compliant route to publication, please let us know on info@eaapublishing.org

Data Policy
EurAsia Academic Publishing Group encourages Authors to share their data and upload raw data and datasets to open data repositories on formal acceptance of their article for publication. We do not stipulate a particular repository but encourage Authors to find a suitable repository by visiting http://www.re3data.org/.