Article Processing Charges (APC)— Open Access Journal
What is APC?
Open access publishing proposes a relatively new model for scholarly journal
publishing that provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of
all published articles.
Open access allows all interested readers to view, download, print, and redistribute
any article without a subscription, enabling far greater distribution of an author's
work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model. Many authors in a
variety of fields have begun to realize the benefits that open access publishing can
provide in terms of increasing the impact of their work world-wide.
In addition, authors who publish in Horizon open access journals retain the copyright of their work, which is released under a “Creative Commons Attribution License,” enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.
Horizon publishes all its journals in full open access, meaning unlimited use and reuse
of articles, in addition to giving credit to the authors. All our articles are published
under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.
In addition, authors who publish in Horizon open access journals retain the copyright
of their work, which is released under a “Creative Commons Attribution License,”
enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article in any
medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.
Article Processing Charges
Article Processing Charges replace subscription charges and allow publishers to make
the full-text of every published article freely available to all interested readers.
JHSSR is the flagship publication that runs on not-for-profit basis. It operates through
the voluntary services of board members and editors.
As an open access journal, JHSSR is committed to ensuring permanent and universal
free access to all published articles, unlike closed-access journals which limit their
readership to those able to pay subscription fees. This means that JHSSR does not
receive any income from either subscriptions or article views/downloads. As
publishing is not without its costs, JHSSR needs to offset all production costs through
article processing charges.
Authors pay a one-time heavily subsidized article processing fee of USD.100 (plus
VAT, if applicable) per article upon acceptance. There is no charge for rejected
articles, no submission charges, and no surcharges based on the length of an article,
figures or supplementary data.
Here is a breakdown of how our APCs are used. In calculating these values, we have
followed recommendations from the Fair Open Access Alliance, an organization that
promotes sustainable and transparent scholarly open access publishing. This also
makes Horizon fully compliant with the requirements of Plan S, a key funder initiative
to promote Open Access.
Article processing charges contribute to the running of the journal and allow us to
guarantee that articles will remain freely accessible to all readers. These charges are
used to finance the whole publication and archiving process, including peer review,
editing, proof-reading and copy-editing, and hosting and maintenance of the
journal archives. Without proper financing for such necessary expenses, the journal
would be unable to provide the rigorous and professional service upon which we
Numerous universities and funding agencies allocate funds to cover article
processing charges, and authors are advised to check with their departments and
libraries whether funds are available to cover open access publication costs.
This journal also offers further discount on Article Processing Charges to authors
based in any of the countries which were classified by the World Bank as Low-income
economies or Lower-middle-income economies. All requests can be sent directly to