FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is open access?
Open Access (OA) means that scholarly content can be freely accessed online, independent of a subscription to a journal. It is differentiated between Green Open Access (e.g. self-archiving) and Gold Open Access.
With Acta Acustica united with Acustica
Green Open Access allows authors to self-archive or deposit the accepted version of the author-prepared manuscript following peer-review (author’s post-print version, i.e. final draft post-refereeing)
(i) on his/her own personal website immediately after the article was first published, and
(ii) after an embargo period of 12 months from the date of publication on his/her institution’s repository for scholarly purposes and/or on his/her funder’s (designated) repository.
(iii) Pre-prints previously posted on a non-commercial pre-print server can remain on these servers and can be updated with the author’s post-print version 12 months after publication.
Note: The final published journal article (PDF) may not be used for any of the above purposes. (See: Copyright & Self-Archiving Policy).
Gold Open Access means that the article is made freely available online immediately on publication on the journal’s content hosting platform for payment of an article processing charge (APC) or fast track fee. Authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their open access article on his/her own personal website, his/her institutional repository, on his/her funder’s (designated) repository or other free public server, immediately on publication. There is no embargo period.
What is the hybrid open access publishing model?
With the hybrid publishing model a subscription-based journal offers authors the choice to pay for open access publication as an alternative to subscription articles which are without publication fees. Subscription Articles are accessible to individuals or institutions subscribing to the journal, or by pay-per-view. Open Access Articles are freely available online to anyone.
For which articles does a paid open access option apply?
Authors can make use of the immediate open access option for:
Accepted scientific papers, technical and applied papers, review papers, and fast track articles. Please note that in these cases an article publication charge (APC) respectively fast track fee applies.
How much is the article publication charge (APC) respectively fast track fee?
When is value added tax (VAT) applicable?
VAT (value added tax) is applicable only for residents in any European Union country. The tax differs per country (See listing). If the APC or fast track fee is paid by research institutions or funders on behalf of the authors, many of these have a VAT registration number, in which cases no tax needs to be added.
Why is a publication charge respectively fast track fee necessary?
Costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, for instance for the submission-system for authors and editors, copy-editing and typesetting, production, server costs for making the final article available on the internet, and customer services.
Is it possible to get a discount or a waiver on the article processing charge (APC)?
Not at this time. APCs only apply for open access publication. Any accepted manuscript can alternatively be published as a subscription article without any fees.
Will there be additional fees, if an article contains colour images?
Figures in the print version of the journal are usually reproduced in black-and-white. Inclusion of coloured figures in the print version requires a special fee to be paid to the publisher.
In the online version of the journal colour figures can be included at no extra cost, provided that the information contained in them is clearly recognizable and distinguishable when printed in black and white in the print version.
To see the conditions/prices for colour reproduction in print, please click here.
How is it ensured that the payment of an article publication charge by an author has no influence on whether the article is accepted for publication?
Authors will only be asked upon acceptance of their research papers, if they wish to make use of the open access publication option. Thus the reviewing and decision process is independent of whether or not an author wishes to make use of this option. Editors and reviewers are not aware of an author's intention.
When will authors need to decide, if they opt for open access or fast track (open access) publication for their research paper?
Open Access publication option for research articles: Upon acceptance of a manuscript authors will be asked, if they wish to choose paid open access publication. Five working days after receiving the acceptance notification, at the latest, authors must inform the publisher, if they choose this option.
N.B. The Fast Track article type (with mandatory fast track fee) is chosen upon submission of an article. Only upon acceptance the fast track fee is due.
For each article to be published Open Access (including Fast Track Articles) the submitting/corresponding author needs to fill in and sign the Open Access Agreement.
When and how do I need to arrange payment?
For Open Access publication of Research Papers:
When a submitting/corresponding author informs the publisher on acceptance of his paper that he chooses open access publication, he will be asked to complete an Open Access Agreement which also asks for details in case payment shall be made by an author’s institution or research funder on his behalf. Payment can either be made directly by the author online by credit card or with a bill/invoice request. Receipt of payment is a prerequisite of publishing the article open access immediately upon publication of the respective issue.
For Fast Track Articles:
On acceptance of the manuscript the submitting/corresponding author will be asked to complete an Open Access Agreement which also asks for details in case payment shall be made by an author’s institution or research funder on his behalf. Payment can either be made directly by the author online by credit card or with a bill/invoice request. All information will be given to the authors during the submission and acceptance process on Editorial Manager. Receipt of payment is a prerequisite of publishing the article fast track and open access.
Payment by institution or research funder on an author’s behalf: Upon request, invoices for the article publication charge (APC) respectively fast track fee can also be made out to your institution or research funder. Many of these have a VAT registration number, in which cases no tax needs to be added. See also "When is value added tax (VAT) applicable?".
Who retains copyright of an Open Access Article and what license is it published under?
For Open Access Articles, including Fast Track, and provided an article publication charge (APC) or respectively fast track fee is paid, authors will not be required to transfer but will retain their copyright. In addition the submitting/corresponding author will need to print out, fill in and sign the Open Access Agreement of the journal and return it to the publisher. All Open Access Articles, including Fast Track, are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) which permits unrestricted commercial and non-commercial re-use of an open access article provided the author is properly attributed. Creative Commons licenses are irrevocable.
N.B. For articles not published open access (i.e. Subscription Articles) the submitting/corresponding author will need to print out, fill in and sign the exclusive Copyright Transfer Statement for the journal and return it to the publisher.
What can I do with my published Open Access Article?
You can post the final, published PDF of your Open Access Article on your own personal website, your institutional repository, your funder’s (designated) repository or on any other free public server, immediately on publication. There is no embargo period.
N.B. For articles not published open access (i.e. Subscription Articles) the Copyright and Self-Archiving Policy applies.
What can others do with my published Open Access Article?
All Open Access Articles, including Fast Track, are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0). Creative Commons licenses are irrevocable.
Others can (i) share: copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, (ii) adapt: remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, under the following terms:
Attribution: appropriate credit must be given, a link to the license must be provided, and it must be indicated, if changes were made. This may be done in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses the other or his/her use.
For more information, see creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ (human readable summary) and creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode.
N.B. For articles not published open access (i.e. Subscription Articles) our "General Terms and Conditions of Use for Online Access" apply. (See Online User Licence).
How will readers know which articles are available open access?
On the journal’s hosting platform, your article will be marked as "OA". In addition, your article will have the following note both in print and online: Reuse allowed by a CC-BY 4.0 licence, see creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ (human readable summary).
Where can I direct any further question I may have?
Please e-mail your inquiry to: ActaAcustica@hirzel.de