Open Access Information and Policy

Open Access Information and Policy

All articles published by AWP are made immediately available worldwide under an open access license.

This means:

  • everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in AWP journals, and
  • everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given.
  • open access publication is supported by the authors' institutes or research funding agencies by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Charges (APCs) for accepted articles.
  • Funding of Article Processing Charges (APCs). Many funding agencies explicitly allow the use of research grants for the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for publishing in open access journals. In addition, numerous institutes have created central funds to cover APCs.

External Open Access Resources

AWP is a RoMEO green publisher — RoMEO is a database of Publishers' copyright and self-archiving policies hosted by the University of Nottingham

Those who are new to the concept of open access might find the following websites or 'Open Access 101' video informative:

Wikipedia article on 'Open Access'
Peter Suber's 'Open Access Overview'
Information Platform Open Access [in English, in German]
SHERPA's 'Authors and Open Access'

Meaning of Open Access

In accordance with major definitions of open access in scientific literature (namely the Budapest, Berlin, and Bethesda declarations), AWP defines open access by the following conditions:

  • peer-reviewed literature is freely available without subscription or price barriers,
  • literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period), and
  • published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given.

AWP journals are now using the latest version of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) , which grants authors the most extensive rights. This means that all articles published in AWP journals, including data, graphics, and supplements, can be linked from external sources, scanned by search engines, re-used by text mining applications or websites, blogs, etc. free of charge under the sole condition of proper accreditation of the source and original publisher. AWP believes that open access publishing fosters the exchange of research results amongst scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research. Open access publishing also provides access to research results to researchers worldwide, including those from developing countries, and to an interested general public. Although AWP publishes all of its journals under the open access model, we believe that open access is an enriching part of the scholarly communication process that can and should co-exist with other forms of communication and publication, such as society-based publishing and conferencing activities.

Important Note: some articles (especially Reviews) may contain figures, tables or text taken from other publications, for which AWP does not hold the copyright or the right to re-license the published material. Please note that you should inquire with the original copyright holder (usually the original publisher or authors), whether or not this material can be re-used.

Advantages of Open Access for Authors

The High Availability and Visibility of our open access articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the Internet. Everyone can freely access and download the full text of all articles published with AWP: readers of open access journals, i.e., mostly other researchers, do not need to pay any subscription or pay-per-view charges to read articles published by AWP. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases.

The Higher Citation Impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability. Open access publications are demonstrably more frequently cited.

Lower Publishing Costs: Open access publishers cover their costs for editorial handling and editing of a paper by charging authors' institutes or research funding agencies. The cost of handling and producing an article is covered through the one-time payment of an article processing charges (APCs) for each accepted article. The APCs of open access publishers are only a fraction of the average income per paper earned by traditional, subscription-based publishers. AWP's article processing charges (APCs) is the same, irrespective of article length, because we wish to encourage publication of long papers with complete results and full experimental or computational details.

Faster Publication in AWP's open access journals is achieved by online-only availability. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly in AWP journals than those of traditional, subscription-based and printed journals are.

We respect the will of authors to publish their excellent work in AWP, even if they are unable to pay article processing charges (APCs). 

Waivers

Corresponding authors who are based in core offer countries classified as Group A by Research4Life are eligible to apply for a full APC waiver.

To apply for a waiver, please contact our editorial office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. following submission of your manuscript. You will need to provide the following details:

  • country of residence and affiliation of all authors
  • location the research was conducted
  • confirmation of all research grant funding received – this should include details of any funding body which has stipulated mandatory open access publication 

All applications are handled by administration staff who will not be involved in the decision of the paper. Information about how the publication charge is covered will be kept confidential and not disclosed to those involved in peer review or editorial management.

Discounts

Corresponding authors who are based in core offer countries classified as Group B by Research4Life are eligible to apply for 50% discount.

Corresponding authors who are students are eligible to apply for 50% discount.

To apply for a discount, please contact our editorial office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. following submission of your manuscript. You will need to provide the following details:

  • country of residence and affiliation of all authors
  • location the research was conducted
  • confirmation of all research grant funding received – this should include details of any funding body which has stipulated mandatory open access publication

or

  • A copy of Student ID

All applications are handled by administration staff who will not be involved in the decision of the paper. Information about how the publication charge is partly covered will be kept confidential and not disclosed to those involved in peer review or editorial management.

If you feel difficult to pay APCs, please do not hesitate to contact our editorial office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let AWP help you to publish your excellent work.