EDP Sciences supports the transition to Open Access for many of their publications. In this context and to facilitate this transition, EDP Sciences proposes the Liberty APC, a model of “Pay What You Want”, for the publication of accepted articles in 4open.
This means that each author is invited to fix his/her own level of Article processing charges (APCs) based on his/her individual situation regarding funding for his/her research and publications and other financial circumstances. 4open uses this model for all articles submitted since 2017.
It reflects the situation of a journal that is in its launch period, and therefore allowing discounts on its APCs. During its first years of publication, the choice of the discount will be at the discretion of each author.
The full APC the journal aims to attain in the future is of 1500 €.
Choosing an amount of 0 € is allowed.
However choosing an APC above this amount will be a clear statement of the author to support the dissemination of science as widely as possible through open access publishing as well as supporting this new journal 4open.
This model of payment is fully compliant with the requirements of funding agencies.
4open is supported by a prestigious Editorial Board, carrying out rigorous and independent peer review.
Financial support for the journal is immediately used for maintaining and improving:
- an up-to-date infrastructure for the article submission and evaluation process,
- the publication of its content using various formats adapted to different reading habits,
- tools for indexation and discoverability,
- and establishing long-term content access and preservation.
The author of an accepted article is invited to select from different scales the APC he/she is willing to be invoiced. After choosing his/her amount, the author will receive the corresponding invoice for the publication of their accepted article.