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Policies & Ethical Guidelines
For more information on Open Access best practices for IGI Global publications, please view our policies:
OA Policy & Licensing
Under Open Access (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 All authors are required to sign an author's warranty stating that the materials are original and unpublished elsewhere. The journal will not publish any material that has been previously published elsewhere.
IGI Global's Open Access Advisory Board
  • Aaron Brower, University of Wisconsin, United States
  • Acheampong Owusu, University of Ghana Business School, Ghana
  • Arnab Kundu, Bankura University, India
  • Boqiang Lin, Xiamen University, China
  • Daniel Alemneh, University of North Texas, United States
  • Dayananda Pruthviraja, JSS Academy of Technical Education, India
  • Debarun Chakraborty, Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Nagpur, India
  • Efosa Idemudia, Arkansas Tech University, United States
  • Fahri Özsungur, Mersin University, Turkey
  • Giovanni Vincenti, University of Baltimore, United States
  • Karen Howells, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
  • Leven Zheng, Hong Kong Metropolitan University, Hong Kong
  • Lincoln Wood, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Maiendra Moodley, Maiendra Moodley and Associates, South Africa
  • Pooya Taheri Gharagozloo, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Pratap Mandal, Indian Institute of Management Shillong, India
  • Saibal Saha, Christ University, India
  • Sovik Mukherjee, St. Xavier's University, India
  • Xiaochun Cheng, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Zhonggen Yu, Beijing Language and Culture University, China
Archiving & Indexing
It is the ultimate goal of all of IGI Global’s publications to be heavily indexed and recognized by prominent indexing and abstracting organizations. Our scholarly journals are striving to be included in a number of prestigious indexes, such as Web of Science, Scopus®, and Ei Compendex, among others. Our reference books are striving to be included in prestigious indexes, such as Web of Science, Scopus®, ERIC, and PsycINFO®, among others. The selection criteria is very strict and to ensure that journals and books are accepted into the major indexes, IGI Global closely monitors publications against the criteria that the indexes provide to publishers .
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*All of IGI Global's content is archived via the CLOCKSS and LOCKSS initiative.

OA Funding Resources
IGI Global’s Institutional Open Access Agreements
IGI Global offers flexible institutional Open Access Agreements to support institutions' faculty and researchers in garnering higher usage and potential for indexing for their work when publishing under the open access model. Learn More >
IGI Global’s Options Include:
  • Discounts and funding support for faculty processing charges (this includes no-cost options as well as investment options suited to your institution’s needs).
  • Support of a full open access publication (platinum open access) led by your faculty.

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
Editor and Contributor Discounts and Waivers
  • Journal Editor-in-Chief APC Waivers: Any Editor-in-Chief of an IGI Global journal receives two APC waivers, per editor, per journal, per year, to publish under open access in IGI Global journals. Editors may use each of these waivers on their own work or distribute it to another author.
  • Retrospective OA: Any IGI article or chapter contributor can receive a 20% APC/CPC discount on converting their previously published works to OA via IGI Global's Retrospective OA Program.
  • Submission Date Waivers: Contributors who submitted their article to any recently converted OA journal (2023 conversion) prior to September 1st, 2022, are eligible for an APC waiver.
  • Journal Invited Papers: Editor(s)-in-Chief may wish to invite specialized papers (invited papers) by prominent authors in the field to contribute to their journal. On a limited basis, these authors are eligible for an APC waiver. The Editor-in-Chief must fill out an Invited Paper Appeal Form for consideration of each case.
  • 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.

*Disclaimer: Any discounts off of APCs or CPCs must be applied at time of purchase and cannot be retroactively applied for manuscripts that have already been paid for. Discounts are not automatically applied and must be mentioned to our customer service department prior to payment.

Did you know that you can take a crowdfunding approach to OA publishing and have multiple funding bodies supporting your publication? No matter where the funding is secured from, the full amount does not have to come from just one source. If an editor is looking to publish a full open access book for instance, a portion of the funding may come from their institution’s library while the other portion is secured from a government funding agency. This concept can be applied to full books, full journals, journal special issues, journal articles, and book chapters. Multiple funders can support new works and/or the retrospective opening of publication projects so that work previously published under standard access can be converted to open access.
There are a number of crowdfunding platforms that authors and editors can use to generate funding for their publication projects – examples include: Kickstarter and, which are specifically designed to engage readers and provide funding to support publications.

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.
Open Access Processing Charges
IGI Global OA publications (articles, full books, or book chapters) operate with open access processing charges paid by the author or another funding source or sources (unless waived). Book Processing Charges (BPCs) would not be requested until AFTER the book proposal has been accepted and formally contracted (with the book still undergoing a full double-blind peer review process during development). Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Chapter Processing Charges (CPCs) are not requested until AFTER the article or chapter manuscript has gone through a double-blind peer review process and is accepted into its respective publication. Authors of rejected manuscripts will not be expected to pay an APC or CPC.
US $1,300
to $3,300
US $13,000
to $32,500
US $2,550+
*BPCs are determined based on the size and complexity of the book project. Contact to receive a price quote.
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.
Open Access Processing Charges exist to offset the fees of publication that were originally covered by subscription or reading costs of IGI Global’s publications. Since these publications are no longer bought or subscribed to by outside individuals or institutions, OA processing charges are crucial to sustain the publications and the publisher’s workflow. IGI Global's OA processing charges are under regular review and are subject to change. OA processing charges are set based on factors such as citation impact (journals), the publication's technical and editorial processes, competitive considerations, market conditions, as well as factoring in any other revenue streams that are currently associated with the publication. Below are some of the many things that the OA processing charges cover for both books and journals at IGI Global.
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.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that simultaneous manuscript submissions will not be considered. The simultaneous submission of article or chapter manuscripts includes, but is not limited to:
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter to many different IGI Global publications at the same time.
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter to many different publication outlets
    across publishers
  • Submitting the same or slightly altered version of an article or chapter that has already been published elsewhere to an IGI Global publication outlet.
Last Updated April 4, 2023