Open Access

"Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions."

Peter Suber, Senior Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College and Senior Researcher at SPARC.

At HBKU Press, we believe that your research should be available and accessible to the broadest possible audience, without barriers. This is why we have chosen the open access model for all our journals.

All articles on QScience.com are published under a Creative Commons 4.0 CC-BY licence. This means that the articles are immediately and permanently available online, in an easily readable format and archived wherever possible in internationally-recognized open access repositories, such as PubMed Central.

Unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium is permitted provided the article is properly cited. 

Anyone is free to:

  • copy, distribute, and display the work
  • make derivative works
  • make commercial use of the work

Under the following conditions: 

  • the original author must be given credit
  • for any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are
  • any of these conditions can be waived if the authors gives permission

Statutory fair use and other rights are in no way affected by the above.

Article Processing Charges are associated with accepted articles to cover the costs of making the final version of the manuscript freely available via open access. Typically they cover part of the costs of the following:

  • Editorial costs, including peer review management
  • Copyediting
  • Electronic composition & typesetting
  • Manuscript submission systems
  • Journal hosting systems
  • DOI assignment & article preservation 
  • Customer service
  • Overheads & administrative costs

We also have many of these costs for all submitted articles that are subsequently rejected so must cover for those costs too.

We believe that researchers and their host institutions and funding agencies are willing to pay reasonable and affordable article processing fees for the sake of faster and fairer access and greater exposure of their work. Therefore we tailor our APCs to each individual field, realizing that some scholars have less access to research funds than others.

For further details on the CC licence, please see the Creative Commons website.

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