The open-access fee is used to meet the costs of peer review, of journal production, and of online hosting and archiving.
Authors from developing countries or authors who have financial difficulties in paying for open access may apply for their open-access fees to be waived. Waiver requests must be made before submission of an article to the journal.
Discounts are available for advance payment of open-access fees in the form of prepayment vouchers.
2. When to pay
Payment is due on acceptance of an article for publication. Articles will only be published once payment has been received.
3. Who should pay?
The corresponding author is responsible for making the payment.
4. How to pay
Authors may pay by credit card, cheque or voucher. Please note that purchase order and invoicing arrangements are also available.
Credit card payments will be processed on a secure server provided by Worldpay.
Authors must complete the online cheque payment form and return a printout of the cheque payment form with their payment. Cheque payments must be received within 30 days of the manuscript being accepted for publication.
Two types of vouchers are available:
- waiver vouchers for authors from developing countries
- prepayment vouchers - authors may prepay the open-access fees for articles at a discounted rate; the vouchers are valid for five years
4.4. Purchase orders
For payment by a purchase order, authors must complete the online invoice form and provide appropriate details. Payment must be received within 30 days of the manuscript being accepted for publication.
Authors must complete the online invoice form. Invoices must be paid within 30 days of the manuscript being accepted for publication.
For all orders from the UK, value-added tax (VAT, currently 20%) will be charged. For authors from other countries in the European Union, VAT will be charged at the local rate unless a VAT registration number is provided.