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Open Access

Benefit from advantage of Open Access policy.

Kowsar Open Access Policy

All articles published by Kowsar are made available under an open access license worldwide immediately. This means:

  1. free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles
  2. free to re-use the published material given proper accreditation/citation of the original publication
  3. open access publication is supported by authors' institutes or research funding agency by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Charge (APC) for accepted articles.

Economy of Publishing

Introduction: In a dependent economy, the destiny of journals is in the hands of political and economical changes. In the modern journals, there are two publishing revenue models named open access and closed access. In the first model, publishing fees are provided by authors, and in the second model readers should provide publication fees. Kowsar Corporation is proud of providing different up-to-date publication services to make journals financially independent, after a certain period of time and by partnership and investment agreements.

Aims: The main aim of the open access method is to increase the scientific validity and financial independency of journals, and the final attempt of Kowsar team is the publication of journals with high scientific reliability, generating revenue to administrate publication affairs, and improving the scientific quality of journals. Financial independency of journals, especially in the current situation of medical sciences universities that are facing cuts in a big part of their research budget, is important more than ever before. Kowsar Corporation aimed to help journals to increase their scientific reliability and financial independency to prevent applying tastes in the case of administrating scientific journals.

Performances: Defining a policy and strategic plan, and creating necessary infrastructures to receive copyrights from local authors (through local banking system) or international authors (through Credit Cards, PayPal, Master or Visa Card) is one of the main principals in journal autonomy which will be facilitated by Kowsar trading system. Now, the indexed journals of this corporation have achieved considerable incomes, in accordance with their activity, by following the open access policy and receiving article processing fee. Our final goal is reaching the full financial independence of journals after two years. Revenues are receivable from authors by the four following boxes:

1. Acceptance Fee

2. Fast Track Fee

3. Publication Fee

4. English Editing Fee
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Meaning of Open Access

Kowsar defined open access as below:

  1. peer-reviewed literature is freely available without subscription or price barriers
  2. literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period)
  3. published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given.

Since 2012 all articles published by Kowsar contained the note "© Year Scientific Owner; Published by Kowsar Corp. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited."

This means that all articles published in Kowsar journals, including data, graphics and supplements, can be linked from outside in, crawled by search engines, re-used by text mining applications or websites, blogs, etc. free of charge under the sole condition of proper accreditation of the source and original Publisher. Kowsar believes that open access publishing can foster the exchange of research results amongst scientists from different disciplines, thus facilitating interdisciplinary research, whilst providing access to research results to researchers world-wide, including from developing countries, as well as to an interested general public.


Advantages of Open Access for Authors

High Availability and High Visibility of open access articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the Internet without any restrictions. Everyone can freely access and download the full-text of all articles published with Kowsar. Readers, mostly other researchers, of open access journals do not need to pay any subscription or pay-per-view charges to read articles published by Kowsar. Open access publications are also more easily included and searchable in search engines and indexing databases.

Higher Citation Impact of open access articles due to their high publicity and availability. It has been demonstrated that open access publications are more frequently cited.

Less Costly — Open Access Publishers cover their costs for editorial handling and editing of a paper by charging authors' institutes or research funding agency. The cost of handling and the production of an article is covered through the one-time payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) for each accepted article. The APC of Open Access Publishers are only a fraction of the average income per paper that traditional, subscription-based Publishers have been earning. Kowsar's Article Processing Charge (APC) is regardless of the length of an article, because we wish to encourage publication of long papers with complete results and full experimental or computational details.

Faster Publication in Kowsar's open access journals is achieved by the online-only availability. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly in Kowsar journals than traditional, subscription-based and printed journals.


Links and Notes

  1. Main text is written based on MDPI
  2. Open access citation impact advantage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_access#Authors_and_researcher. For example, a standard research paper "Shutalev, A.D.; Kishko, E.A.; Sivova, N.V.; Kuznetsov, A.Y. Molecules 1998, 3, 100-106" has been cited 51 times, the highest number among all the papers published so far by the same author.
  3. Lin, S.-K. Editorial: Non-Open Access and Its Adverse Impact on Molecules. Molecules 2007, 12, 1436-1437 (PDF format 16 K, HTML format).
  4. Recently a research paper of 30 pages has been published: Molecules 2008, 13(5), 1081-1110.
  5. Some well written papers have been peer reviewed and published in less than two weeks from manuscript submission, see for example: Molecules 2006, 11(4), 212-218.


Other Open Access Resources

If you are new to the concept of open access, you may visit one of the following websites:

  1. Wikipedia article on 'Open Access'
  2. Peter Suber's 'Open Access Overview'
  3. Information Platform Open Access
  4. SHERPA's 'Authors and Open Access'