Frequently Asked Questions
Open access means free reading to users, but it is not without costs: submission systems, editorial processes – including organization of peer review –, production editing, typesetting, tagging, indexing, hosting on servers, archiving, and marketing etc. all cost money. The article publication charge (APC) is the contribution paid to help cover these costs. The APC would have to be paid upon acceptance of the author's manuscript or via alternative arrangements with institutions and funders.
Certainly not. We uphold the same high quality standards as for our regular subscription journals. All articles undergo either simple blind or double blind peer review and may be rejected. There are no charges if a manuscript gets rejected.
Nowadays, APCs are often factored into research grant budgets and hence the author is invoiced by the publishing house. Funding is also available from publication funds at universities and funding organizations such as the Wellcome Trust. Access to funding might be available via your department. If you wish to publish open access but your original grant did not include provision for APCs, please get in touch with your funding body or your university. For a list of funders and institutions which support a policy that recommends or might even require publishing open access, see: http://roarmap.eprints.org/ or http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet/
APCs vary from journal to journal. Please check the author instructions on each journal homepage to find out how much it costs to have an article published open access.
APCs apply to accepted papers only; no fees are levied on rejected manuscripts.
Most of our open access articles are published under a CC-BY-NC-ND license. This means that you retain copyright and reuse-rights of your work. Your work can be shared, copied and redistributed in any medium or format under the condition that you as the author are given appropriate credit. A link to the license must be provided, and changes made have to be indicated. Nobody may use it commercially or alter it without your permission.
Retaining the copyright does require you to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement, allowing us to legally become the publisher and user of your copyright.
Three of our journals use the CC BY license as default. This means you retain copyright and reuse-rights of your work. Your work can be shared, copied and redistributed in any medium or format under the condition that you as the author are given appropriate credit. Everybody may use, adapt, remix, transform and build upon your work for any purpose, even commercially.
To learn more about this license, please visit http://creativecommons.org. Please also note that Thieme is a SHERPA/RoMEO blue publisher that allows posting of the final publisher's PDF on your personal website.
This is a plagiarism detection software (www.crossref.org/crosscheck) and all our editors are given access to the system to check for potential plagiarism issues in submitted manuscripts.
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