Publication Charges Policy
GESR has been managed and run by a not-for-profit trust titled as Humanity Only (HO). Across the globe, there are some journals whose publishing costs and all other relevant expense are been covered by other sources, for instance a sponsoring party like a society, organization, research groups think tanks and so don't demand for Publication charges. There is no any source of income or financial assistance from any other organization or Government entity to sponsor the GESR expenses. GESR is striving and heeding to be indexed in SSCI (JCR-Master list) very soon. But this is a very gigantic task as in Pakistan there is no more any multidisciplinary and social Sciences journal, which is indexed in SSCI. We are supposed to meet up the international research and global academia rather to focus on local or regional. Hence, in order to meet such high standards while securing academic and financial scope of authors, GESR recommends the very nominal Publication charges.
The Publication charges are a bit unusual in Pakistan by the local journals. Consequently, the authors are not used to the aforementioned assistances. Therefore, various circles regarding the Article charges following by GESR have speculated many queries, ambiguities and misperceptions. In this context the Board of trustees assigned a special task to the Editorial Board of GESR to come up with a comprehensive Publication Charges Policy by encircling all the worldwide major Publication Houses, Research Groups and Group of Journals. Furthermore, the Board was directed to pay special attention by giving relief as much as possible to the PhD Scholar and Young researchers from Pakistan while drafting the said policy.
Publications are not without costs. Subscription journals manage the costs by a fee to access the contents. As Open Access content is freely accessible and available, therefore the costs are recoup by through publication policy. Journals utilize a variety of ways to generate the income required to cover publishing costs (including editorial costs, any costs of administering the peer review system, promotion of the contents, circulation, and indexing etc.), such as subsidies from institutions and subscriptions. A number of open access journals do not charge article processing charges, but a majority, significant and growing number of journals do. They are the most common funding method for professionally published open access articles.
Although the authors are responsible for
making or arranging payment of the Publication Charges in most cases they can
rely on their institutions and funders for financial support. These bodies can
cover Publication Charges in a variety of ways for example, by establishing an
OA fund, making it part of their general funding or by paying the fees as part
of a membership model.
In order to support sustainable open access publishing, there are many approaches to pay the due charges. These charges are usually had to pay by the author's institution or research funder. But where will go the author or researcher having no facility of a proper funder. Cogent OA (Taylor & Francis-Informa Group) pioneered a new module of financial contribution to pay the publication charges, titles as "Freedom Article Publishing Charges". It allows authors to choose how much to contribute towards the publication charges of their research in open access journal. GESR operates Freedom APC model only for PhD Scholars, MS/MPhil Scholars or Undergraduate Students; whereby, if you belong to this category and don't have funds available to you, you can choose to pay what you can. The said model was approved for the purpose to encourage and boost up the young researchers of Pakistan.
GESR Publication Charges Modes:
GESR Publication Charges are levied in two layers/spectrum i.e.
A): Article Processing Charges (Pre-Acceptance)-APC-I
B): Article Publishing Charges (Post-Acceptance)-APC-II
Article submission is totally free. Once the article has been submitted, the author will be awarded with acknowledgment letter-a receipt of receiving the article. Then the article will go through the Pre-Editorial review that is totally free of cost. Pre-Editorial review meant to check up and scrutinize the submitted article on the very basic criteria of GESR Publishing Policy, it includes:
(b) Non-Repository Turnitin Originality (10 % or below than 10)
(c) Basic Format (Authors' Strength and Citation Style etc.)
(d) Abstract and Key Words
A): Article Processing Charges (Pre-Acceptance)-APC-I:
It constitutes about 45% of the whole process' charges. For permanent, instant, all-inclusive and worldwide access to the full article text the Publication Charges covers:
(a) Editorial Work: Administrative support, commissioning content, editorial layout, journal development, and correspondence with the authors, reviewers and referees.
(b) Review and Evaluation: Editorial review, double-blind peer review, final evaluation (02 international and 01 national referee)
(c) Technical Infrastructure and Innovation: Development, maintenance and operation of online journal system and websites and coordination among the editorial board.
(d) Production of Articles: Formatting and mark-up of articles.
Note: Article Processing Charges (Pre-Acceptance) - APC-1 does not depict the acceptance of the article for publication by any means.
B): Article Publishing Charges (Post-Acceptance)-APC
It constitutes about 55% of the whole process' charges. This Publication Charges covers
(a) Marketing of Journal and Content: Making sure readers and authors know about the work published in the title
(b) Promotion on Various Mediums: Content advertising via various world recognized research forums and groups, data bases, research soft wares and social media
(c) Customer Service: Responding to authors and readers
(d) Circulation: Published contents circulation in the relevant circles for enhancing citations
(e) Production of Articles: Inclusion in abstracting, indexing, aggregating, linking, uploading in world class reputable research databases, directories and bibliographies.
If an author would like their article to be published under a gold open access model, but cannot afford the APC, then individual waiver requests are considered on a case-to-case basis and may be granted in cases of genuine need. Authors who are eligible for such concession include those who have won any national excellence award, Undergraduates with quality Manuscript, orphans, special person, handicapped and those whose parents or siblings are martyred/affected by war on terror.
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