All ARCC journal publications are open-access and are free for anyone to read and download all over the world, immediately upon publication that subject to an article processing charge (APC) upon acceptance. This charge covers the costs of turning a manuscript into a published article through the peer-review process, editorial work, and technical infrastructure as well as the costs of hosting, distributing, indexing, and promoting an article.
APCs may be paid by the author, the author’s institution, or a funding agency.
We are committed to making the costs of publishing as clear as possible. The article processing charge for each journal is displayed on its journal homepage.
When a manuscript is submitted, it passes through the many different stages at ARCC to ensure the first assessment of the Editor (quality checks), peer review, revision, production, publication and promotion of the manuscript is carried out in a timely manner and to a high standard which takes time and cost for maintaining quality and standards of the journals.
We are committed to providing unrestricted access to the research we publish and have established the following policies regarding article publication charges (APCs):
Fees: We charge a fee for publication to cover the costs of editorial and production services, archiving, and promotion of our publications. We are transparent about our fees and provide clear information on our website and in our communication with authors.
Waivers or Discounts: We offer waivers or discounts on publication fees for authors who are unable to pay due to financial hardship or who are based in countries with limited resources. We also offer discounts for authors from institutions that subscribe to our journal.
Transparency: We are transparent about our APC policies and the use of funds collected from APCs. We provide information on our website and in our publications about how the fees are used and any surplus funds are reinvested to support the journal and its mission.
Refunds: We offer refunds of APCs in cases where publication is not possible due to issues beyond the control of the author, such as technical problems with the submission process.
Criteria: We base our APCs on the costs associated with the publication process, rather than the perceived value of the research. We aim to keep our fees reasonable and competitive with other open access publishers.
Promotion: We actively promote our open access publications to ensure that they reach the widest possible audience and provide maximum value to authors.
Following are the key stages on which basis we calculate APCs that contribute to the cost associated with the process from submission to publication:
Editorial Screening: The editor performs the initial assessment and quality checks
Peer Review Process: reviewers work with the Editors to manage the peer-review process
Article Revision: Revised article submitted by the author for the second round of the review process and editor approval.
Editorial Final Approval: Editors perform a final check to ensure that the manuscript and its review process adhere to the journal's guidelines and policies.
Article Composing: We further design and convert the manuscript to a professionally typeset article and formatted XML
Reprints/Proofing: Reprints/galley proof sent to the author for final approval through ARCC online web application.
APC: The author needs to remit the APC after final approval from the editor for further processing.
Online Publication / DOI Generation: DOI is generated through Crossref and the article is processed further for online publication with DOI.
Complete Publication: Final publication of article completed with volume, issue, and the page number.
Journal Development: ARCC team ensure that journals are indexed as widely as possible through indexing and social platforms so that the articles receive the attention they deserve.
The actual processing charge varies depending on the journal in which an article is processed. Some journals are more expensive due to the volume of submissions they receive.
ARCC Journals have different publication model that helps the author to choose according to the publication time, irrespective of the publishing model chosen by the author, our goal is to ensure articles are published as quickly as possible, subject to appropriate quality controls, and widely disseminated.
APC pricing and publication period
There are nominal publication charges which varies from journal to journals. Author may get all the information regarding APC on journal home page e.g. APC of Indian Journal of Agricultural Research is available on arccjournals.com/apc/indian-journal-of-agricultural-research
When to Remit
Author need to finalize the APC at the time of submission only and the agreed charge will not change, regardless of any change to the journal’s APC policies. Please note that APCs are subject to periodic revision. Author will receive official acceptance letter after remittance of publication charges. After acceptance the article will enter the production cycle and then author approve the reprints of the article for final online publication.
We advise prompt remittance of charges as journal is unable to publish approved articles until charges has been received.
APC can only be refunded before generation of the Acceptance Letter for the manuscript.
No refund will be given in the following conditions:
Misconduct or retraction: APCs will not be refunded when articles are retracted as a result of author error and later stage after online publication or misconduct.
Delays in review process resulting from editorial decisions: We always inform average time for review process and it may take some extra time due to non-avoidable circumstances. These are a standard part of the publishing process.
Delay resulting from author changes: Sometimes author fails to send the required supporting documents like copyright certificate etc on time and take much time in revision of the article.
Circumstance beyond our control: This may include, for example, where natural or other disasters prevent us from fulfilling our obligations.
Charges can be made by any of the following methods
Credit / debit card - charges can be made online using a secure payment gateway as soon as the manuscript has been editorially accepted. We send all the details through approval email.
Bank Transfer – charges may have remitted to the bank account; details will be given in charges information link in approval email.
PayPal – PayPal link will be provided in approval email for remittance through PayPal account.
Invoice – Invoice will be generated and will be provided in approval email. Charges is due within 20 days of the manuscript receiving editorial acceptance. Please note there may be some administrative surcharges at the time of remittance.
Article processing charge waiver policy
ARCC journals publishes articles based on the quality of the work rather than the authors’ ability to pay. Below is some information about how journal can help authors who do not have financial support for open access publishing.
ARCC support all researchers to publish. We grant waivers in cases of genuine need, therefore to apply for a waiver please request during or before the submission process, ensuring authors from low-to-middle income countries can easily understand what maximum support for article processing charges is available to them.
A decision on the waiver will normally be made within three working days.
Requests made during the review process or after acceptance will not be considered.
Qualifying for a waiver
Below mentioned Countries may request through email before or at the time of submission to receive a partial waiver of article processing charges.
Waiver requests outside of these countries will not be considered.
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
People’s Republic of Korea
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Moldova
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Syrian Arab Republic
United Republic of Tanzania
West Bank and Gaza Strip