Journal of Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering (JGTTE) is an Open Access journal accessible for free on the Internet. At JGTTE, we guarantee that no university library or individual reader will have to buy a subscription or pay any pay-per-view fees to access articles in the electronic version of the journal. There is hence no revenue at JGTTE neither from the sale of subscriptions to the electronic version of the journal nor from pay-per-view fees. Yet, the online publication process does involve costs including those pertaining to setup and maintenance of the publication infrastructure, routine operation of the journal, processing of manuscripts through peer-reviews, editing, publishing, maintaining the scholarly record, and archiving. To cover these costs, the journal depends on Article Process Charges, also called Publication Fees. This fee is due when a manuscript has been accepted for publication. There is an additional fee for the authors who are interested to receive a hard-copy of the journal in addition to the electronic version of the accepted papers. This additional fee is because of the printing and hard-copy publication, and shipment charges. Details of this fees are as follows:
JGTTE does not request Article Submission Charges, also called Submission Fees. These are due at the time of submission of the manuscript. Nor JGTTE charge per page or for color figures or for any other items for the electronic version (e-version), for which other publishers are known to charge. The papers accepted for publication in e-version will be published online in full color without any extra charges. All the hard-copy versions will be in black and white. The authors who are interested that their paper be published in color in the hard-copy journal, can contact the publisher to discuss about this matter.
Please note that JGTTE's regular publication fees are well below average. All the while, JGTTE never ceases to seek to improve the quality guaranteed to its authors and its readers in all kinds of ways, including 1) generating article level metrics, 2) generating journal metrics, e.g., by calculating a 2-year Google-based Journal Impact Factor, and 3) archiving all articles at cloud. Authors should also keep in mind the cost effectiveness, or value for money, of publishing Open Access. JGTTE believes that it would score well on cost effectiveness.
Authors of an article are responsible for arranging the payment. That typically does not mean that authors end up paying for the publication of the article. The cost of the publication fee is very often assumed either by the organization funding the research, or by an Open Access Publishing Fund, or by the institution at which the author is employed.
Research funded by an agency that has an Open Access mandate will most probably cover the “publication fee" by the agency. For a database of Open Access mandates, please visit:
• Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies (ROARMAP):Funder Mandates
Lists of Open Access Publishing Funds that could financially support your publication with JGTTE could be found at:
• Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity: Signatories
• Open Access Directory: OA journal funds
• Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC): Open Access Funds (look under "Funds In Action")
• Co-Action Publishing: Institutes and Funders Covering Open Access Fees (APCs)
Please also approach your local university or organization to inquire about ways of supporting Open Access publication.
JGTTE's Open Access Publishing Fund
JGTTE offers very generous publication fee. This is because JGTTE is free of any bureaucratic or administrative barriers. When an author submits a manuscript for review at JGTTE, the submitted manuscript should not have been previously published in any form and must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The manuscript should also not be submitted to any other journal during the review process at JGTTE. In case the review process at JGTTE takes much longer than stated and the author wishes to end the review process at JGTTE, he/she should get in contact with the Editors of the journal at JGTTE and come to an agreement suitable for both sides after looking at the stage of the manuscript in the review process. With the publication fees specified above, the author is given an indication what the fees will be. JGTTE is charging Publication Fees but not Submission Fees. This is to the benefit to authors because payments are only due once the author knows the manuscript is accepted. JGTTE with editors and reviewers puts much effort in dealing with the manuscript and expects the authors to stick to the common plan of publishing the paper, which is linked to payments of the publication fee as given above at the end of the review process. The author is not legally bound at this time, but it would be seen as a strong breach of academic conduct to back off from the publication process. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, JGTTE will issue an invoice in the Paper Submission and Manuscript Tracking System. This is JGTTE's legal offer and will state the regular publication fee of the journal. The Corresponding Author is expected to arrange payments of the amount stated at this time.