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IGI Global Open Access
As an academic publisher at the forefront of advancement for over 30 years, IGI Global OA provides quality, expediate OA publishing with a top-of-the-line production system backed by the international Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). With a streamlined publishing process, flexible funding options, and more, researchers can freely and immediately share their peer-reviewed research with the world.
  • Rigorous and Expediate Publishing Process
  • Research Is Fully Free and Accessible to All (Creative Commons BY License)
  • Increased Discoverability of Published Content (89% Higher Download Rate)
  • Acceleration of Citation Impact & Increased Indexing Potential
  • Greater Visibility & Wider Professional Recognition
  • Opportunities for Networking & Collaboration
  • Supports Overall Career Advancement
  • Affordable Article/Chapter Processing Charges (APCs/CPCs) (Starting at US$ 500)
  • And More.
Open Access Journals
IGI Global Offers Over 170 Fully Gold OA Journals and 1 Platinum OA Journal Across 11 Core Subjects, Including Business, Education, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences, and More
Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC)
Journal of Organizational and End User Computing (JOEUC)Open Access
Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM)
Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM)
Open Access
International Journal of eSports Multidisciplinary Research (IJEMR)
International Journal of eSports Multidisciplinary Research (IJEMR)Open Access
International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (IJDET)
International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (IJDET)Open Access
Why Choose IGI Global?
As one of the few independent academic publishers remaining in the industry, we offer tremendous flexibility, innovation, and agility which provide us a high level of sensitivity toward the needs of our stakeholders. This includes throughout the publishing process, title acquisitions, and beyond. Under our Open Access (OA) Journal Publishing Program, we offer the following benefits:

Editorial Support

  • Full publishing support from an experienced editorial team.
  • Free use of IGI Global’s eEditorial Discovery submission system to manage projects.
  • Authors and editors can easily connect their publications with their ORCID iD in the eEditorial Discovery submission system.
  • Supplemental editorial services including professional line-by-line English language copy editing and proofreading.
  • IGI Global is a full member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which supports the credibility and notoriety of all its published works.

Rights and Distribution

  • All OA journal content is published under a CC BY license where the copyright remains with the article authors.
  • The DRM free journal PDF files are clearly identified as open access.
  • The full content can be downloaded for free, read immediately, and shared anywhere including Academia.edu and ResearchGate.
  • All OA journal content is available for free download at www.igi-global.com and in IGI Global’s InfoSci online platform upon publication. There is no embargo of content.
  • All OA journals are included in IGI Global’s e-collections where libraries and individual customers will not be charged for the titles.
  • Authors are welcome to deposit their article file into their institutional repository or archive, citing and providing a link to the published version.

Marketing, Promotions, and Discoverability

  • All OA journals receive strong marketing and promotion programs to encourage usage among the academic and research community, which includes international direct marketing.
  • All OA journals are provided to Scopus, Web of Science, Ei Compendex, among other indices to be reviewed for possible indexing. IGI Global has numerous titles indexed in these and other prominent indices.
  • All OA journals carry ISSNs.
  • Metadata sharing with third-party discovery products and services.
  • All OA journals are indexed by mainstream search engines.
  • All OA journals are archived through CLOCKSS and LOCKSS.
  • MARC records will be provided to libraries for free.
Publication Models
IGI Global scholarly journals have two open access publication models:
gold oa lock The Gold Open Access publication model is used for journals that publish only OA content, however, do not have outside funding to cover the article processing charges (APCs) for authors of accepted work.
  • These journals are accompanied by an APC that the author or a funding body will be expected to pay following the double-blind peer review process, should their work be accepted. (Note: Authors of rejected articles will not be expected to pay an APC).
  • Ideal for researchers looking to make their work freely and immediately available online without any subscription fees
DISCLAIMER: All Open Access Articles follow rigorous double-blind peer review and revision processes before a formal decision.
Below is an example of the process for Open Access Publishing in a Gold OA Journal:
Submit
Manuscript to
Gold OA Journal
Peer ReviewProcess
Peer ReviewProcess
ArticleAccepted
OR
ArticleAccepted
Pay APC
APC Waived
Article Freely Accessible with a CC BY 4.0 License Held by Author
Below is an example of the process for OA Publishing in a Gold OA Journal:
Submit
Manuscript to
Gold OA Journal
Peer ReviewProcess
Peer ReviewProcess
ArticleAccepted
ArticleAccepted
Pay APC
OR
APC Waived
Article Freely Accessible with a
CC BY 4.0 License
Held by Author
platinum oa lock The Platinum Open Access publication model is used for journals that publish only OA content and have received outside funding (from one or more sources) to cover the article processing charges for authors of accepted work.
  • Because the journal already has OA funding secured, authors who are accepted to be published in Platinum OA Journals are not expected to pay an APC and thus can publish their work as OA for free.
  • IGI Global provides interested funding organizations the ability to combine their budgets together to provide formal funding to a formerly established Gold Open Access Journal to convert it to Platinum OA.
  • Ideal for researchers looking to make their work freely and immediately available online without any subscription fees
Below is an example of the process for Open Access Publishing in a Platinum OA Journal:
Submit
Manuscript to
Platinum OA Journal
Peer ReviewProcess
ArticleAccepted
Journal APCCovered byFunding Body
Article Freely Accessible with a CC BY 4.0 License Held by Author
Below is an example of the process for Open Access Publishing in a Platinum OA Journal:
Submit
Manuscript to
Platinum OA Journal
Peer ReviewProcess
ArticleAccepted
Journal APCCovered byFunding Body
Article Freely Accessible with a
CC BY 4.0 License
Held by Author
Journal Special Issues – All IGI Global journals accept special issues for consideration that may be published under any of the open access publishing models indicated above. To propose a special issue, please utilize the Journal Special Issue Proposal Form.
IGI Global carefully checks each accepted article to ensure that the authors are awarded APC waivers and discounts when applicable. Learn More
Peer Review
The peer review process is the driving force behind all IGI Global books and journals. All IGI Global reviewers maintain the highest ethical standards and each manuscript undergoes a rigorous double-blind peer review process, which is backed by our full membership to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The full publishing process and peer review are conducted within the IGI Global eEditorial Discovery® online submission system and on average takes 30 days. Learn More
Open Access Policy and Licensing
A portion of IGI Global journals operate under a Gold Open Access (OA) Model. As Gold OA, authors receive the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licensing arrangement. The copyright for the work remains solely with the author(s) of the article. Others may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, without asking prior permission from the publisher or author and so long as they credit the author for the original creation. All authors are required to sign an author's warranty stating that the materials are original and unpublished elsewhere. These journals will not publish any material that has been previously published elsewhere. Learn More
Article Processing Charges

IGI Global Article Processing Charges (APCs) range from US $1,050 to US $2,800.

Why is an APC Necessary?

An APC is necessary to offset the price of publication. OA Journals (both gold and platinum) are not dependent on subscriptions any longer and as such, to fund the publication of the journal and its content, IGI Global must collect APCs from the authors or a funding body of accepted articles in the journal.

What Do OA Processing Charges Cover?
The fees authors pay for OA publishing support the extensive work that goes into the rigorous processes and protocols that ensure that the published research is both reliable and fully accessible.
High Visibility & Discoverability OA content is freely available online upon publication with no embargo periods.
OA Licensing OA content is published under Creative Commons licensing (specifically, CC BY 4.0) giving freedom to the authors and researchers worldwide to post and disseminate the content widely.
OA Compliance IGI Global supports authors in meeting funder's OA policy requirements and OA mandates.
Online Hosting & Content Distribution Content is distributed and hosted on websites, database platforms, and numerous discovery outlets worldwide.
Archiving All of IGI Global's content is archived via the CLOCKSS and LOCKSS initiative.
Content Indexing & Abstracting Content is submitted for consideration to prominent abstracts, directories, and indices.
Digital Tools, Systems, & Third-Party Software Numerous technology innovations are used to support the manuscript management, peer review, and production processes.
Editorial Support & Services Rigorous editorial processes are executed such as manuscript tracking, communications, editing, quality assurance checks, etc.
Formatting, Layout, & Typesetting In-house production of the work including the distribution of proofs to authors.
Promotional Support & Activities Includes metadata distribution, press releases, web content, ads, fliers, brochures, postcards, etc.
IGI Global, in Partnership with China Educational Publications
Import & Export Corporation Ltd., Proudly Offers SOCOpay!
Our Chinese authors can use SOCOpay as an alternative method of payment for their APC. A convenient and easy to use payment system, SOCOpay allows authors in China to make secure payments online in RMB, avoiding the need to pay in foreign currency!
  • Quickly and securely pay online upon acceptance of your article.
  • Pay your APC in RMB and avoid exchange rates and fees.
  • Pay with WeChat, Alipay, UnionPay or bank transfer (mobile banking supported, B2B transfer supported).
  • Receive a VAT invoice for the full amount you paid.
Agreements & Discounts
The Open Access (OA) Movement has been an ongoing uncertainty for libraries and researchers. IGI Global is committed to eliminating these doubts by providing flexible options for institutions and libraries to participate in OA publishing. Learn More >
IGI Global’s Options Include:
IGI Global Options
Researchers: Interested in publishing support under Open Access? Be sure to recommend your Scholarly Communication Librarian or library discuss these options with IGI Global.
Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Corresponding authors affiliated to a low- or middle-income country may request a waiver or discount for the Article Processing Charge (APC) should they be unable to secure funding from an alternate body. A list of eligible countries appears below.
Items to Consider:
  • Only manuscripts submitted to full Gold IGI Global journals will be considered.
  • Authors must request a waiver or discount at the point of submission by filling out and submitting the form below. Requests filed during the review process or after manuscript acceptance will not be reviewed.
  • Requests will be reviewed in order of receipt.
  • Submittal of request form does not guarantee that a waiver or discount will be approved.
  • Submittal of request form does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.
Request Form
Eligible Countries (Applicable For Gold Open Access Journals Only)
  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Additional OA Funding Resources

Find below common OA funding resources that provide additional information on country funding, OA standards, and more.

  • Refer to IGI Global's list of foundations and institutions that provide Open Access
    Funding Resources
    .
  • Sherpa Juliet  is a searchable database of research funders' OA policies.
  • The Open Access Directory maintains a list of institutional funds for OA publishing.
  • SPARC  maintains a list of North American universities and university libraries with OA funds.
Latest Open Access Articles
IGI Global Open Access Collection

Access All IGI Global Open Access Research Through IGI Global Open Access Collection

IGI Global Open Access Collection provides all of IGI Global’s open access content in one convenient location and user-friendly interface that can easily searched or integrated into library discovery systems.

Archiving

All of IGI Global's content is archived via the CLOCKSS and LOCKSS initiative.

Contact
Inquiries regarding IGI Global’s Open Access Publishing Program can be directed to:
IGI Global’s Open Access Division
openaccessadmin@igi-global.com