JORS recognizes that there are various circumstances in which the authors of an accepted submission might not have access to sufficient funds to cover the publication fee assessed. To ensure that JORS's article processing charge is never a barrier to publication we therefore offer a simple way for authors to apply for a fee waiver. Please note that priority is given to graduate student researchers and early career researchers in the JORS waiver program.
Authors are expected to have explored all reasonable sources for paying the publication fee and may apply for a fee waiver once their submission has been invited for full peer review. Waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and should be accompanied by a brief justification from the corresponding author. Fee waiver applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following considerations:
The information that authors provide to support their waiver application will offer valuable insight into the availability of funds for publication fees. There are no strict criteria for a fee waiver because of the variety of circumstances that might lead to insufficient funds being available, such as: lack of support from the funder or institution, termination of a grant, career stage, geographic location, or a discipline with less funding.
All waiver requests will be treated confidentially, but we will highlight trends in the information as it accumulates to help inform funder and institutional policy with respect to the support of open-access publishing.
JORS reviewers have no access to information about waiver requests and a request for a fee waiver will not impact the review of any submission.