Open Access Policy

Some research articles and e-books on the Now Publishers website are published fully Open Access, as Gold Open Access. Gold OA makes the final version of an article or manuscript freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately after publication. Copyright for the article or manuscript is retained by the authors and most of the permission barriers are removed. Gold OA articles can be published either in fully Open Access journals (where all the content is published OA) or hybrid journals (a subscription-based journal that offers an OA option that authors can choose if they wish). In contrast, Green OA is where an author publishes their article in any journal and then self-archives a copy in a freely accessible institutional or specialist online archive known as a repository, or on a website. All our journal articles and books are published as Green OA.

Articles and books are published under the terms of a non-commercial Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Gold OA content is supported by an Article Processing Charge (APC) or a Book Processing Charge (BPC), paid by the Author, Editor or their funder.

Books

Open Access books are freely available online under a Creative Commons license. Authors and editors are able to share the content and upload this to repositories of choice, including their personal websites. Authors and editors retain the copyrights to all their content published as Open Access. Print copies of books for which the e-book is published as Open Access are available for purchase, and authors and editors will continue to receive royalties over print book sales.

Only authors and editors of books accepted after review and submission are charged a Book Processing Charge (BPC), and the payment process begins after the manuscript has been accepted for production.

The minimum BPC for Now Publishers books is USD 6,000 (excluding any applicable VAT or local sales tax), this for an average sized monograph. The BPC for larger monographs and edited volumes may be higher. Authors and editors are invited to contact their publisher at Now Publishers in order to discuss and evaluate the BPC on a case-by-case basis. The BPC is calculated to contribute to the costs associated with the publication process of the submitted manuscript, and online hosting and dissemination of the published e-book. In this way the BPC covers editorial work, the technical infrastructure, production of manuscripts, marketing of the content and customer service.

Now Publishers believe that we should publish books based on the quality of the work rather than the authors’ ability to pay. The editorial process – including the decision whether or not to publish the work – is independent of the author’s and editor’s decision to publish Gold OA.

Open Access books are identified on our website by text “Open Access” next to the title (in orange) and on the download button (in white).

All Open Access books are subject to peer-review prior to publishing. After receiving a new book proposal, the proposals are reviewed by an expert from the community for appeal and scientific relevance, and whether the topic falls within the scope of the relevant NowOpen program. Book authors and editors are sent the review comments for their information and comments where necessary and required. Full manuscripts are checked for plagiarism matters, and thereafter the chapters are reviewed.

Journals

Gold OA publishing for journals is an alternative to subscriptions and other access payments. Now Publishers has Open Access articles in its subscription journals. These hybrid journals offer authors the choice of paying an Article Processing Charge (APC) to publish their articles as Gold OA, including articles that are already published. Once a journal article has been published as Open Access, we are unable to convert the article from an OA to a non-OA article. We use the CC-BY licenses for Gold OA journal articles.

The standard APC for hybrid journals is USD 2,000 (excluding any applicable VAT or local sales tax). The APC is calculated to contribute to the costs associated with the publication process. This includes peer review of the submitted manuscript, typesetting, online hosting, and dissemination of the published article. In this way the APC covers Editorial work, the technical infrastructure, production of manuscripts, marketing of the content and customer service.

Now Publishers believe that we should publish articles based on the quality of the work rather than the authors’ ability to pay. The editorial process – including the decision whether or not to publish the work – is independent from the author’s decision to publish Gold OA. All journal articles published as Open Access are subject to peer-review by a reviewer prior to being accepted. The reviewers are appointed by the Editorial Board of the applicable journal to which the article was submitted.

Open Access articles are identified on our website by text “Open Access” next to the title (in orange) and on the download button (in white).