Publishing fees

Open Access provides free and immediate online access to scholarly literature for anyone in the world to read, distribute and reuse. Frontiers, as a Gold Open Access publisher, offset all the costs associated with our high-quality publishing service through Article Processing Charges (APCs): articles that are accepted for publication by our external editors following rigorous peer review incur a publishing fee charged to authors, institutions or funders.

Future Journals is a self-supporting organization and does not receive funding from any institution/government. Hence, the operation of the journal is solely financed by the processing fees received from authors. The processing fees are required to meet operations expenses such as employees, salaries, internet services, electricity etc. Being an Open Access Journal, FJ Journals does not receive payment for subscriptions as the journals are freely accessible over the internet. It costs money to produce a peer-reviewed, edited, and formatted article that is ready for online publication, and to host it on a server that is freely accessible without barriers around the clock. We ask that - as a small part of the cost of doing the research--the author, institution, or funding agency pays a modest fee to help cover the actual cost of the essential final step, the publication.

 

Article types

We offer a range of article types to optimally support our various academic communities in communicating their results and research advances.

A-Type Articles: Clinical Trial, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Original Research, Policy and Practice Reviews, Review, Systematic Review, Study Protocol, Technology and Code, Registered Report

B-Type Articles: Brief Research Report, Case Report, Community Case Study, Conceptual Analysis, Curriculum Instruction and Pedagogy, Mini Review, Perspective, Policy Brief

C-Type Articles: Data Report, General Commentary, Opinion

D-Type Articles: Core Concept (Young Minds), Correction, Editorial, Field Grand Challenge, New Discovery (Young Minds), Specialty Grand Challenge.

 

Review process time frame

The review process currently averages 30-45 days from submission to acceptance across our journals. It varies across journals for a number of reasons (e.g. some fields have reviewers who are on fieldwork and out of contact for a time, and some fields do more iterations in the discussion forum). The time period also depends on the article type selected from the broad range Frontiers offers its authors.

 Based on the surveys conducted with authors, reviewers, and editors regarding the review process, 73-76% of respondents “Strongly agreed” or “Agreed” that Future’ peer-review process is a significant improvement on traditional peer review, and 86-91% of respondents rated the peer-review process as “Excellent” or “Good” (view more details of the survey here).  But even with these exceptional survey results, we believe we can always improve.

 Based on feedback we get from the authors, reviewers and editors who use our Collaborative Peer Review platform, we are continuously releasing new features to make the process even more effective and engaging for all involved.

Article types: A; full manuscripts

                    B; Protocols& short notes

                   C; Data Report, General Commentary, Opinion

                   D; Core Concept (Young Minds), Correction, Editorial, Field Grand Challenge, New Discovery (Young Minds), Specialty Grand Challenge.

 

 

 

Processing fees/$

Processing time

Journal

A Type Articles

B Type Articles

A Type Articles

B, C,D  Type Articles

The future of Biology

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Agriculture

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Horticulture

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Zoology

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Applied Science

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Education

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Medical Science

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Economics

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Chemistry

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Public health

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Genetics

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Genetics

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Earth &Environment

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Computer Science

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Bioscience

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Applied Science

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

The future of Intelligence

500

Free

3-6 weeks

2 weeks

 

Fee support for authors

Future Journals is committed to helping researchers overcome financial barriers to publication. There are a number of options for authors to fund APCs through either funder, institutional, and publisher initiatives. F

Future Journals institutional memberships

As Open Access mandates are growing, many institutions, funding agencies, and foundations have created Open Access Funds to pay APCs. Future Journals is working with libraries, funding agencies, and research consortia to find ways to remove some or all of the responsibility for APCs from individual authors. You can see which institutions currently participate and learn more about how the Future journals  Institutional Membership can facilitate the payment of APCs for your institution.

Future Journals  Fee Support program

In order to provide a fair possibility for authors with limited or no available funding to publish their manuscripts in our journals, we have to prioritize among many applications with the funds that we have available.

Each fee support request is treated individually. The allocation of support follows strict criteria and looks into the profile of each author, the history of publications, country, field, previous support allocated, and so forth.
As we are limited by a budget we tend to allocate smaller %s so that we can support as many quality manuscripts as possible.

Fee Support applications are considered independently of the peer-review process.
Discounts cannot be influenced or disclosed to the editors or reviewers.

On submission of your manuscript, please complete

Publication charges common questions

Do I have any publication charges to pay?

Most of our publishing brings no costs for the author. However, there may be some charges for some articles:

  • Open Access: most journals charge a fee for Open Access publication.
  • Color figures: some journals charge for publishing a figure in color in print.
  • Pages: some journals have page charges.

For more information about whether these charges apply to your article, please check the Instructions to Authors page of the relevant journal.

 How do I pay for any applicable publication charges?

You can pay securely on the Author Services site using a credit or debit card. Access the Author Services site via the link sent to you when your manuscript was received at Oxford University Press.

Please pay for Open Access as soon as you have selected your license. We ask that you pay any charges or raise an invoice within two working days. Page and color charges can be paid once your article has been published. We will contact you with more information at that point.

Can you send me an invoice?

You can raise an invoice for yourself or your institution in the Author Services site. Invoices can take up to 48 hours to generate and will be sent to your registered email address. You can add PO to your invoice if needed. You can also send your invoice to somebody else by adding or changing the address details in the Author Services site once charges are available. Please note we are unable to raise pro forma invoices or receive payment in currencies other than the currency shown on your invoice except in cases of extreme hardship.

Can I still pay by card if I selected to raise an invoice?

Yes, if you select to raise an invoice but would like to pay by credit or debit card you can speak to our Customer Services team to pay over the phone.

Can you send me a receipt?

Yes, once payment is received online you will receive a receipt.

Can I get funding to publish my article Open Access? 

Future Journals  Press has agreed on Reading and Publish deals with several institutions, which allow authors to access institutional funding for Open Access publication. If you are affiliated with one of these institutions, you may be able to publish your article Open Access using this funding. 

Can I get my charges waived?

If the journal you are publishing in is fully Open Access and your country is listed on our developing countries list your publication charges will be waived. Other reasons for applying for a waiver should be directed to the Editor of the journal, please see the Editorial Board page of the relevant journal.

Can I order copies of my article?

After publication, the corresponding author will be sent a free-access link to the article. The link can be shared with co-authors and colleagues, and posted on the authors’ personal or institutional web pages.

You can order print copies of the journal issue at any time via Author Services at a 50% discount.

How do you subscribe?

Individual libraries and academic institutes (single and multi-site) and consortia can subscribe to the entire package, a subject subset, or a customized selection tailored to meet their needs. We offer a free subscription for our online and printed manuscripts.  Send an email To request a free subscription, send an email to info@futurejournals.org. The sales team will contact you within 24 hours to complete your subscription process.