What does publishing open access mean?

 

Open access is the opportunity for your research to reach more audience!

 

It means that your published paper will be freely available for everybody immediately upon publication. There are no longer obstacles such as subscriptions fees or registration barriers. The advantage is that authors' work will have a bigger audience and their papers will be shared and cited more. These are some advantages of publishing open access. Of course, publishing open access will also have a small price, authors will need to pay the Article Processing Charges (APCs), a handling fee to the publisher. Like all new things, this might be seen as a major change, but actually the advantages of open access outweigh this by far.

 

Who retains the copyright?

 

When publishing articles as open access the authors keep the copyright. The Creative Commons Attributions License - a copyright license - allow others to share, use and build upon the author's work, while still protecting your intellectual property.

 

Looking for funding to publish open access?

 

There are many options to cover article cover charges when publishing open access. CVIR Endovascular and Springer are able to give waivers for certain publications, click here to explore funding options.

 

How does open peer-review work?

 

We have chosen a new peer-review style: open peer-review model. During the review process, the author and the reviewer are aware of each other's identity. After a paper has been accepted for publication, review comments will be published together with the article and displayed for everyone to read and comment on.

 

The entire review process is out in the open, including the original manuscripts, the reviewers' comments and the authors's replies, making it very transparent. The reviewer's role changes from a "quick judge" to a mentor. The fact that they know they will have to defend their decision to their peers motivates them to do a fair and thorough job while reviewing. As a side benefit, reviewers will be acknowledged publicly for the work they complete.

 

Benefits of the open peer-review are also available for the readers. Firstly, by having access to useful information from reviews of published papers, which they can consider for their own work. Secondly, they have the possibility to comment on already published work and initiate fruitful discussions with their peers which will benefit all rereads.

 

What does open peer-review mean for authors and reviewers?

 

For some reviewers, open peer-review might look like a threat, but it is actually a sign of seniority: of an opinion leader helping the authors, as a teacher does, to finally publish the best scientific work. It means that a reviewer has to be an expert in the field with a sovereign and authentic position. If a good paper is published and you, as a reviewer, have been part of that as a supervisor, it is common for you to receive credits by being recognised as both the reviewer and supporter for this paper to get the best final result.

 

Authors, and sometimes readers, can look at the reviews in a separate section. To take away any misunderstanding, reviews are not subject for discussion. If a paper is not published, your review will not be available to the public but only to the authors.

 

Open peer-review is a way forward in bringing scientific discussions to a higher level. Open peer-review is not new; the high standing journal, BMJ, is also working on an open peer review model with positive outcomes thus far. It is expected that open peer-review is going to be the new standard in a couple of years. To get the best out of the open peer-review model, the review process needs to be structured according to a prefixed format.

 

How much is the APC for CVIR Endovascular?

 

Each article accepted for publication costs 1745.00 EUR / 1370.00 GBP / 2145.00 USD.

 

Who is responsible for organising the payment?

The corresponding author will be asked at the beginning of the submission process to choose how to pay or to indicate the funding option she/he thinks is entitled to.

 

When is the payment due?

The corresponding author will be notified that payment is due upon editorial acceptance. She/he needs to arrange payment unless a waiver has been granted, or your institution or employer will take care of the costs.

 

If I lack funds can charges be waived?

Springer considers individual waiver requests for articles on a case-by-case basis and they may be granted in cases of lack of funds. To apply for a waiver please request one during the submission process.

 

Does an author from a low-income country has to pay APCs?

Springer offers waivers to authors coming from countries, which were classified by the World Bank as Low-income economics or Lower-middle-income economies.
Please make sure to explore your funding options before you submit the paper.