Open Access policy

Open Access policy

  • Open Access is a publication model by which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers.

    Open Access publishing contributes to the maximum dissemination of contents providing access to anyone with an interest in your work and this translates into increased citation and impact. At the same time, it allows open access to innovative and often ground breaking information.

    Authors who publish with AboutScience retain the copyright of their work and AboutScience protects the authors against misuse of their work, as they manage permissions for commercial use of the author’s published paper. Licensing is clearly embedded within each article, in all its formats (print, ePub and online).

  • We apply two main licensing models. Most articles are published under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International ( CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which allows users to read, print and download, Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, Translate (for private use only), Reuse portions or extracts from the  article in other works as long as the original source is fully quoted.

    Articles receiving public funding are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license which allows users to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

  • Authors may share their work following these indications.

    The submitted version (Author Original Manuscript) before peer review, which an author can share freely, including social media or scholarly collaboration networks, personal websites or preprints servers intended for non-commercial use. Posting on a preprint server is not considered duplicate publication. If you post your submitted version anywhere, we ask you that, upon acceptance, you will provide an acknowledgment as follows:
    “This article has been accepted for publication in [JOURNAL TITLE], published by AboutScience”. Please note that a DOI is available upon acceptance and we encourage you to use it.”

    The accepted version (Accepted Manuscript) including revisions after peer review but before copyediting or typesetting by the publisher may be shared on any website, through social media channels or distributing electronic copies for personal, non-commercial use.
    We recommend that after publication you add an acknowledgement to your post as follows:
    “This is the accepted version of an article published by AboutScience in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], DOI:[add article doi]”

    The final published PDF (Version of Record) after copy-editing and typesetting, may be freely shared using the DOI and a link to the publisher’s own copy and a citation in a format similar to this:
    “Author(s), article Title, Journal Title (Volume Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © 2024 (Copyright Holder). DOI: [DOI number]”

  • All manuscripts are submitted under Open Access terms. Upon acceptance, after peer review under the responsibility of the Section Editor, authors receive payment information for publication processing fees. Article processing fees cover all costs connected to publication and no additional charge will be due (e.g. extra page charge,  colour illustrations, or other).  Where applicable, article processing fees are subject to VAT.

    Publication fees are based on article type and vary for each publication. For full information please visit each journal’s Publication Fees page: