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7. Why a flat charge rather than one based on page numbers?
Generally, 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. However, we are currently running a pilot involving a limited number of journals to test the technology to support, and assess sustainability of, differentiated article processing-charges that take article types into account.
GigaScience is involved in a pilot study of new technology enabling the setting of article processing charges (APCs) at an article-type level within a journal instead of charging at a flat rate. APCs on this journal are as follows for the duration of the pilot:
|Article type||APC GBP||APC EUR||APC USD|
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- Why do BioMed Central journals have article-processing charges?
- What do the article-processing charges pay for?
- How much is GigaScience charging?
- Does BioMed Central offer discounts on article-processing charges?
- Are any taxes included in this charge?
- 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-processing charges?
- How do I pay?
- Can charges be waived if the author cannot pay?
- Will I have to pay if my institution is a Member?
- Will the APC rate I am given at submission change?
- Do authors from low-income countries have to pay APCs?