frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions concerning the open-access arrangements for
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online are
What is included in the open-access fee?
The open-access fee pays for:
Detailed and exhaustive peer review
Copy-editing by skilled professional editorial staff to improve the
linguistic and grammatical presentation
In-depth checking of structural data
Checking for prior publication or database deposition of the same
or related structures
Collation and presentation of supporting materials
Online publication in Crystallography Journals
Preparation of metadata for inclusion in major bibliographic
databases such as Chemical Abstracts and ISI Web of Science;
deposition of data in crystallographic databases; and inclusion
in search engines such as Google
High visibility and maximum exposure for the work of an
author - anyone with online access can read the articles
Retention of copyright - the article and supplementary data are
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution licence
Archiving of the article by the IUCr and archiving in open
archives, e.g. PubMedCentral, to ensure long-term preservation
Provision of electronic reprints for use in
self-archiving/institutional repository arrangements
Who should pay?
The corresponding author of the article is responsible for payment.
When should payment be made?
Payment is due upon acceptance of the article for
publication. Please note that authors will be asked to confirm
that they can pay for open access before article submission.
How do I pay?
Payment for individual articles may be made by credit card, cheque or
voucher. Payment by purchase order and invoicing is also available.
For more details of how to pay, click here.
How do I apply for a waiver?
Authors from developing countries may
apply for a payment waiver by clicking here. Please note that
application for a payment waiver must be made before an
article is submitted. Successful applicants will be given a waiver
voucher valid for the submission of five papers.
My institutional library subscribes to an IUCr journal. Does this
entitle me to a discount on the open-access fee?
If your library subscribes to Acta Crystallographica Section C:
Crystal Structure Communications, then you may apply for a 10%
discount on the open-access fee by clicking here.
What vouchers are available?
Three types of vouchers are available:
waiver vouchers for authors
from developing countries
vouchers for authors from institutions that have a
subscription to Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal
Structure Communications; the vouchers are valid for the
current calendar year
prepayment vouchers - authors
or institutions may prepay the open-access fees for 10, 20 or 30
articles at a discounted rate; the vouchers are valid for five years
Which funding agencies allow their grants to cover open-access fees?
BioMedCentral provides a list of funding agencies that
support the payment of open-access fees at http://www.biomedcentral.com/info/authors/funderpolicies/. Sherpa
Juliet provides useful links to the policies of research funders at