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Open Access Editorial

Article processing charges, funding, and open access publishing at Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction

Eric Scott Sills12*, Tina Thibault Vincent2 and Gianpiero D Palermo3

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia USA

2 Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction, Atlanta, Georgia USA

3 Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York USA

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Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction 2005, 2:1  doi:10.1186/1743-1050-2-1

Published: 13 January 2005

Abstract

Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction is an Open Access, online, electronic journal published by BioMed Central with full contents available to the scientific and medical community free of charge to all readers. Authors maintain the copyright to their own work, a policy facilitating dissemination of data to the widest possible audience without requiring permission from the publisher. This Open Access publishing model is subsidized by authors (or their institutions/funding agencies) in the form of a single £330 article processing charge (APC), due at the time of manuscript acceptance for publication. Payment of the APC is not a condition for formal peer review and does not apply to articles rejected after review. Additionally, this fee is waived for authors whose institutions are BioMed Central members or where genuine financial hardship exists. Considering ordinary publication fees related to page charges and reprints, the APC at Journal of Experimental & Clinical Assisted Reproduction is comparable to costs associated with publishing in some traditional print journals, and is less expensive than many. Implementation of the APC within this Open Access framework is envisioned as a modern research-friendly policy that supports networking among investigators, brings new research into reach rapidly, and empowers authors with greater control over their own scholarly publications.