POLICY ON OPEN ACCESS & COST OF PUBLICATION

The journal commenced publication in year 2010. The advent of open access helped authors disseminate and publicize their work widely. However, authors from less endowed economies remained disadvantaged as they could not publish their research findings due to dearth of funding to meet the article processing charge (APC) imposed by open access journals.

Access to scientific publishing service and information has become phenomenally expensive and not within the reach of many scientists in developing and underdeveloped nations of the world. Consequently, scientific development was severely affected in most less endowed economies. The JRBF offered publication service and scientific information free of cost to all with the objective of overcoming this disadvantage. This was intended to benefit all scientists irrespective of their circumstance. The JRBF waived the cost of publishing when it commenced publishing in 2010. The cost of publishing was borne entirely by sponsors. This strategy enabled the JRBF publish research works without any cost to both the authors and readers of all economies.

This model of free publishing and open access benefited scientific workers of all nations, developing as well as advanced, and enabled them publish in the JRBF without financial commitment and avail scientific information freely from 2010 to 2014. However, beginning from year 2015 the JRBF could not retain this modus operandi due to depletion of financial support compelling it to seek modest APC’s from its authors to enable it continue publishing. Authors from lower/middle economies are entitled to a 50% discount on their APC.

Nevertheless, the JRBF will waive its APC for deserving authors from lower/middle economies provided their manuscript has been approved by the relevant Sub-Editor and Peer Reviewers. Likewise, the APC may also be waived for authors of all economies if they are unable to raise the APC due to circumstances beyond their control.