Like most other gold open-access journals, USP journals maintains our high quality of service through an 'author-pay' model. The scientific community and the general public have, for free, unlimited and immediate access to all content published in our journals as soon as it is published on the Internet. As such, manuscripts that are accepted for publication following peer review may incur a article processing charge (APC). Payment of this charge allows Universe Scientific Publishing to offset peer review management, journal production and online hosting and archiving. In addition, overall publication charges also will be used to provide fee waivers for authors from lesser developed countries (see below).
Universe Scientific Publishing is committed to keeping its open access publication charges at a minimum level. There are no hidden costs at our journals. There is no additional charge for colour figures. Published articles appear electronically and are freely available from our website. Authors may also use their published articles for any non-commercial use on their personal or non-commercial institution's website.
The exact value of article processing charges for each journal is given in the table below. The APC covers editorial services and production of an article. Publication in the first two issues of a new journal is usually free of charge. Upon acceptance for publication a processing fee will be payable. Owing to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates fees may occasionally be subject to change without notice.
We are always eager to consider solutions for any barriers to publication. In cases where authors genuinely do not have the means to pay our publishing fees, they can apply for partial waivers depending on the financial capability of the corresponding author of the paper, especially for the authors from the low and lower middle income countries. We use the World Bank Country Classification table
- Low income countries. Authors resident in these countries may apply to receive up to a 80% waiver of the standard article processing fee;
- Lower middle income. Authors resident in these countries may apply to receive up to a 50% waiver of the standard article processing fee.
If you are living in a low or lower middle income country and need to apply for a waiver please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the following information:
- Title of your paper
- Title of journal you wish to submit a manuscript to
- Your name and institution with full address details
- Reason for applying for a waiver
- Country of residence of any co-authors.