ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGES

PROCESSING CHARGES

Publishing is not without costs. The journals of The Grassroots Institute defray those costs from article-processing charges (APCs), because they do not have subscription charges for its research content, believing instead that immediate, world-wide, barrier-free, to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community. Like most other reputed serious publishers, The Grassroots Institute maintains high quality of service through an ‘author-pay’ model. As such, manuscripts that are accepted for publication following peer review incur a publishing fee. However, our APCs are low because we do not seek profit, just cover expenses.

The Grassroots Institute 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, rigorous editing of the paper, professional production of articles in PDF and other formats, 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.

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 The Grassroots Institute fully compliant with the requirements of Plan S, a key funder initiative to promote Open Access.

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PREMIUM PUBLISHING

The premium publishing is an express and trusted fast-track publishing for valuable authors and reputed institutions. Unlike the popular term of ‘Premium Publishing’ used in advertising contexts, we are committed to depute/engage the extra manpower in handling the manuscripts thus received under this category of publishing. Various features of ‘Premium Publishing’ of the articles in our journals are as under:

  1. Acceptance of manuscripts at any moment, irrespective of the usual cycle of any journal.
  2. No limit of the number of co-authors. They can be 5 or can be 10. Any number.
  3. Formatting of the manuscript in accordance with the journal’s format. No matter how and in what manner the manuscript is prepared. Citations and references will also be corrected as per the referencing style of the journal.
  4. Fast acknowledgement and fastest handling of the manuscript by special staff personnel.
  5. Immediate dispatch of the manuscript to the Reviewers, and accomplishment of express review process. In case of Regular Publishing, the review process takes minimum 3-4 weeks time, but it would complete within a week for Premium Publishing. Moreover, there will not be any compromise on review process. It will, however, be expedited and accelerated 4 times.
  6. Following the revision of manuscript after the review process, the rigorous editing will be conducted on priority basis within a week time. In case of Regular Publishing, it generally takes 8-12 weeks.
  7. Overall, the manuscript is crossed through a fast-track processes to be published within 2 weeks from the date of submission.
  8. The gaps or minor mistakes in the manuscript are overcome substantially by our editorial staff instead of asking the author to do so. However, such gaps and minor mistakes are highlighted and shared with the author to receive consents to alter the texts or figures.
  9. PDF version of gallery proof and the finally published articles are duly submitted to the author(s).
  10. The published article will have no distinguishable mark of premium publishing. Premium Publishing features are meant to serve the pre-publishing and post-publishing steps and functions. DOI submission, placement on website and presentation of data will have no distinction from other Regular articles. It is simply to maintain same quality and standard of publishing task.
  11. Usually, submission on Abstract portals takes 2-4 weeks time from the date of publishing. In case of Premium Publishing cases, the published articles will be uploaded on Abstract portals within 3 days of the article is being placed on the website of the journal. Additional portals will be sourced to upload the published content for the Premium articles.
  12. The published articles will be popularized quickly on social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, Viber, WhatsApp, Telegram) in order to increase the global visibility at least 100 times.
  13. Premium articles are flashed and distributed among millions of audiences in prominent Google Groups, D-Groups, LinkedIn Groups and Facebook Groups. This function increases the visibility of the Premium article at least 1000-10000 times higher.
  14. Using 100000 emails, the Premium articles are posted to potential academic readers across the world.
  15. Premium articles will also be featured on the homepage of Grassroots Journals’ website.
  16. If found appropriate, author(s) of the Premium articles will be invited to join either the Editorial Board or Reviewers Board of concerned journal.
  17. Sustaining Support Author (lifetime member) will receive 20% additional discounts on subsequent Premium articles or Regular articles.
  18. Premium Membership Author (3 years member) will receive 10% additional discounts on subsequent Premium articles or Regular articles.
  19. The authors choosing Premium Publishing will be separately listed on the website of the journal along with the affiliation and representing institution.
Chart of (Per Article) Article Processing Charges (APC) for different journals (in US Dollars) under Premium Publishing category:
GJNR JELP JPG A&A
Sustaining Support Author (lifetime member) USD 4000 USD 3000 USD 3000 USD 3000
Premium Membership Author (3 years member) USD 2000 USD 1500 USD 1500 USD 1500
REGULAR PUBLISHING

None of the privilege given to the authors of Premium Publishing will be given to Regular Publishing. All the processes required to publish an article will be followed in routine manner and as explained on the links https://www.grassrootsjournals.org/review-process.php, https://www.grassrootsjournals.org/editorial-process.php. The authors are also required to follow the procedures as explained on the link https://www.grassrootsjournals.org/for-authors.php.

Chart of (Per Article) Article Processing Charges (APC) for different journals (in US Dollars) under Regular Publishing category:
Category GJNR (from 2021) JELP (from 2022) JPG (from 2022) A&A (from 2022) DP (from 2023)
High Income Country Upto 3 authors USD 451 USD 298 USD 298 Free -
Middle (High/Low) Income Country Upto 3 authors USD 352 USD 199 USD 199 Free -
Low Income Country Upto 3 authors USD 253 USD 100 USD 100 Free -

*For additional authors in a paper, @USD 28 will be added to the basic amount.

**Depending on the case, there may be additional bank transfer surcharge added.

APC and Discount will be ascertained based on the affiliation of first/corresponding author.

Discount Category GJNR JELP JPG A&A DP
*Special Discount Special Categories - USD 50 USD 25 USD 25 USD 0 -
**Editors’ Discount Member of Editorial/Technical (Advisory) Board - USD 75 USD 50 USD 50 USD 0 -
***Reviewers’ Discount Member of Reviewers Board - USD 50 USD 25 USD 25 USD 0 -
#Institutional Partnership Discount For partner institutions of TGI
(see List of Partners)
- USD 50 USD 25 USD 25 USD 0 -

*Special Discount is applicable for the following (at the time of payment, you will opt one category if it applies to you, the system will automatically calculate the amount.):

  • Student
  • Belonging to Indigenous Community
  • Belonging to Visible Minority in your country (e.g., ethnic group)
  • Disability Group

One can avail more than one discounts if it applies to him/her.

How to ascertain economic class of your country?

You may refer the World Bank list of classes of the countries. Download EXCEL Document | PDF Document Or Click Here.

When the APC is payable?

Charges are payable once the article has been accepted for publishing (i.e., following successful completion of our Preliminary Review or Peer Review Process). An invoice will be sent upon acceptance and must be paid within 30 days of the final invoice date.

WAIVER POLICY (FOR REGULAR PUBLISHING ONLY)

The journals are fully open access and require Article Processing Charges (APCs) to be paid following the acceptance of paper. To help support researchers who are unable to meet some or all of the costs associated with publishing open access, The Grassroots Institute operates a transparent Waiver Policy.

Qualifying for a Full Waiver

To help support researchers in the low-income economies (as per the list of World Bank), our journals provide waiver on total Article Processing Charges (yet, minimum USD 28 will be charged) for manuscripts on the following conditions:

  1. All authors have listed their affiliation in low-income countries only.
  2. Author(s) do not have any funding required to cover the APC.
  3. Author(s) produce(s) a signed letter from author(s) suitable institutional representative, such as institutional Head of Department, confirming that payment will be made from author’s personal funds (all authors must provide a letter to this effect). OR Author(s) produce(s) a signed letter from the author(s) institution(s) confirming budget constraints, indicating their funding body does not cover publication charges or indicating the institutional budgets are severely impacted. This must be signed by the Institutional Head of Department clearly stating the budget constraints (all authors must provide a letter to this effect).

Keep the scan files (.jpeg) of above letter(s) ready before you proceed to payment process. In the Payment Process Step, you will be asked to upload the letters.

Offer of a Partial Waiver

On the discretion of Editors, a partial waiver can be given to the author/authors who are not eligible for the full waiver. To avail partial waiver, please contact the editors of the particular journal.

REFUND POLICY

The author assumes the responsibility for the payment, and no refunds will be issued. We do not issue refunds for APC once the payment is confirmed and paid. We recommend contacting us for assistance if you experience any issues making online payment. Let us clarify once again. The APC of the article is applicable for per paper one time which is not refundable. In the case of withdrawal of the paper from the journal, APC will not be refunded to the author.

PAYMENT PROCEDURE

We will specify in the invoice the mode of payment of the APC.

In certain cases, we will ask to pay the APC into our bank account using manual/digital bank transfer. These bank account details will be mentioned in the invoice.

In some cases, the payment of APC can be done using Online Payment Gateway. Our contractee M/s Emsha Publications receives the APC payments through the Payment Gateway.

A.P.C. PAYMENT BY PAYMENT GATEWAY CLICK HERE

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