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Why Article processing Charges (APCs)?
As a rule of open access publishing and because of the reason that scientific community and the general public can unlimitedly and immediately access all content published in our journals for free as soon as it is published on the Internet, we kindly request all our dear authors to help us to compensate a part of our economical matters. This means that the journal does not have any income from selling subscriptions to print or online versions of its journals or from charging "pay-per-view" fees. Therefore, we need to defray its editorial and production costs by collecting article processing charges from authors' institutes or research funding bodies. Besides, journal charges—if calculated per page—are much lower than the revenues per published page that traditional, subscription-based academic publishers can generate. Paying the article processing charge in an Open Access journal is a replacement with the normal subscription charges used by most journals and allows journals to make the full text of every published article freely available to all interested readers.
Workflow of AF in a journal
Diagram of AF is uploaded below.
Which journals have APC?
There are 3 ways to find out that which journal requires payment (article processing charges):
To know the exact fees read the related page in our journal website (Journal Website > Help > Instruction for Authors > Payment Instructions > Article Processing Charges)
Acceptance Fee (AF)
Author(s) agrees to pay the required "Acceptance Fee" in the first step of submission (see below image). They have to act just based on the journal policy and regulations after accepting their articles in the journal. Those manuscripts which are still remained in the "Pending" step of payment and need payment, are not allowed to be submitted elsewhere. It means that without payment, a manuscript is not allowed to submit in any other journals.
How to order AF?
Acceptance fee will be ordered only via journal website when your article is primarily accepted by EIC. Just wait till this phase, then you will be able to pay it online.
Corresponding Author is able to pay "Acceptance Fee". To pay, s/he must sign in to the journal website and refer to "Needs Payment" menu under "With a Decision" (see below image)
How to Pay APCs?
If you choose correct button (Buy AF or FTF or PF), then you will be able to see these wizards: