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About WorldScientificOpen

At World Scientific, we are committed to disseminating high quality research to as wide an audience as possible. Leveraging on the open access movement, WorldScientificOpen gives you unprecedented access to top-tier journals, books and proceedings.

WorldScientificOpen is in full compliance with the latest open access mandates so authors can ensure their research is freely available online, freely redistributed and reused.

WorldScientificOpen Journals

World Scientific and Imperial College Press currently publish more than 120 journals offering 'Gold' publishing options in either dedicated Open Access or hybrid journals.

For authors who wish to have their articles published under these hybrid journals, please indicate your open access preference preferably during the submission stage.

World Scientific's Policy on Gold Open Access Publication

With the support of the open access Article-Processing Charge (APC), World Scientific enables authors to have their final version of their papers published on an open access basis, granting on publication, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of the paper. This is made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) or (CC BY-NC) licence. It also allows immediate deposit of the final published version in other repositories without restriction on re-use.

The Article-Processing Charge (APC) of Open Access is US$1500 but can vary across journals. When authors choose WorldScientificOpen, they will retain the copyright to the article and sign a "Open Access Licence to Publish" with us. Each WorldScientificOpen article will be clearly identified with an "Open Access" icon in the e-version.

List of Full Open Access Journals:

World Scientific's Policy on Self Archiving & Green Open Access

Authors can post the preprints of their research papers anywhere at any time. Authors can also post the accepted author manuscripts of their research papers freely available at the end of an embargo period of 12 months following official publication or later, by placing them on personal websites, subject or institutional repositories or as stipulated by the Funding Agency.

For more details, please check out our Author Rights page.

Contact Us

Please email to openaccess@wspc.com if you have any specific queries.

WorldScientificOpen Books

Guidelines for Authors - Book proposals & Peer Review

Please indicate your intention to publish your book as Open Access in the book proposal form under "Specific Remarks Pertaining to Proposal" and submit the proposal to us at openaccess@wspc.com.

Upon submission, all Open Access book manuscripts will be subjected to our standard peer review process to ensure that the titles are of high academic quality and fit within our genre of books. The review comments are anonymously shared with our authors so they have a chance to respond to the feedback received. The reviews are an important part of our decision making process in acquisitions. Upon acceptance, these manuscripts will receive the same high level of production and publishing service standards as per our non-open access titles.

Open Access standards

  • DRM free ebook PDF file clearly identified as "Open Access"
  • Available immediately for free download at www.worldscientific.com upon publication.
  • World Scientific Open Access Books are published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license, so they can be reused and redistributed for non-commercial purposes as long as the original author is attributed.

Marketing and promotion

  • All Open Access books will receive the same level of marketing and promotion enjoyed by all of our books including submission to journals for review, international direct marketing, online promotion and conference exhibitions.
  • Open Access books are included in World Scientific ebook collections where libraries and individual customers will not be charged for these titles.
  • Marc records will be provided to libraries for free.
  • We will specifically carry out usage promotion campaigns to encourage higher usage among the academic and research community.
  • For interested parties, a print edition will also be available for purchase. Authors are entitled to royalty payments on the print copies sold.
  • We partner with major book agents and distributors around the world, including Amazon, Baker and Taylor, Gardners and Bertrams to promote your book.

Search, Discovery and Indexing

  • Our Open Access books will be sent to the Book Citation Index (BCI) to be reviewed for possible indexing.
  • Besides being available on the WSPC platform, Open Access books will also be listed in the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB).
  • The unique identifiers (DOIs) for each book and chapter will be registered with Crossref allowing citation linking to the book and chapter.
  • All Open Access books will be catalogued at the Library of Congress and OCLC WorldCat.
  • To allow full text search through library systems, we share the metadata of our books with third party discovery products and services including Primo Central, EBSCO's Discovery Service and Summon.
  • Our books are also indexed in various discipline specific Abstract & Indexing databases including NASA ADS, REPEC to ensure wider reach to researchers, more points of access to the books hence driving up readership and citations.
  • All World Scientific books are indexed by mainstream search engines such as Google, Baidu.
  • Authors may deposit their file to either an institutional repository or discipline specific repository or archive, citing and providing a link to the published version.

Preservation

The Open Access book will be archived at Portico, an electronic archiving service for preserving electronic content for future preservation and access.

Types of books accepted as Open Access Publication

We accept monographs and edited volumes. Please let us know if you have other special project types in mind.

Open Access Publication Fees

Fees for publication vary by subject area, length and book type. Discounts are available for individuals at institutions subscribing to our current year collection through World Scientific website.

Please contact us at openaccess@wspc.com for more details.

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