Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is an Open Access?

Open Access refers to the scientific data which is made freely accessible on the web without any restrictions.

More formally an Open Access publication is one that meets two conditions:

  • Both the author and copyright holder grants readers a freeaccess to the data, and a licence to it, to use and disseminate the work among scientific society, contingent on proper attribution of authorship, and to make print copies in limited quantity for their personal use.
  • A full version of the scientific work in a standard electronic format is made available instantly upon publication in at least one online repository / database that is backed by a scholarly society and has long term archiving.

2. Why should I publish in Open Access?

  • An increasein the number of research councils, funding agencies and institutions designate that funded research should be published in Open Access which is a Mandate.
  • If you publish Open Access, your research is freely accessible to as broadersection of scientific society whichincreases views, downloads and citations.
  • Many institutions often promote Open Access as they have separate Open Access allocation in place that their affiliated researchers have access to.
  • Open Access adds to the monologue between disciplines and research fields and enables a compact scholarly network that everyone ultimately benefit from.

3. What types of research do Starling Science’s Open Access journals publish?

The journals publish peer-reviewed, well-reported, well-structured, original research papers including studies that make cumulative addition to the understanding of a field.

4. What is the average time to receive a first decision?

Starling Science Publications endeavours to provide a first decision to the author within 10 working days after receipt of the manuscript.

5. What is the average time from receipt of a manuscript to publication?

This depends on many factors, some of which include, the time taken by authors to return a revised manuscript and the time to return the proofs. Starling Science Publications endeavours to provide its first decision within 10 working days and to publish the final copy within 3 weeks of a final decision. If revisions are required, Starling Science Publications also aims to return a final decision within 48 hours unless the paper has undergone major revisions.

In case of major revisions, the paper will be sent back to the original reviewers to ensure that all the comments have been addressed properly—in this case the journal strives to return a final decision within 10 working days of receipt of a revised version. The estimated time to publication after a final decision may be longer than three weeks if the author does not provide the proofs within 48 hours.

6. Can an author resubmit a revised paper that has been rejected for reasons of formatting or English?

Yes, provided the paper was not rejected for reasons of scientific immorality or scientific quality.

7. What type of peer review process does your journal practice?

In general Open Access journals follow double-blind peer review process, however, a small section of journals implement a single-blind peer review process. For journal specific information on the review process please look for the respective authors guidelines.

8. How do I submit a manuscript to Starling Science Publications?

First, we request you to go through the Publication Criteria, Preparing a Manuscript as per the author guideline, Editorial Policies, and How to submit aManuscript to find out more about our submission requirements and help formatting your manuscript. Once you are ready to submit your manuscript, please visit Editorial Manager at: http://www.editorialtracker.com/. For any technical difficulties you encounter, please feel free to contact contact@starlingscience.com.

9. How much does it cost to publish open access?

Author Publication Charges (APCs)may vary from journal to journal. Kindly check the author guidelines on the journal homepage to find out how much does it costs to have an article published open access.

APCs apply to accepted papers only; no fees will be charges for rejected manuscripts.

10. Areany waivers or discounts provided for authors from developing countries?

Authors from developing countries are eligible for a significant discount on Author Publication Charges based upon the scientific merit of a manuscript.

11. How can someone become a reviewer for Starling Science Publications?

Anyone who is interested in becoming a reviewer for Starling Science Publications may contact the Editor-in-Chief or one of the Associate Editors and provide his C.V and area of expertise. Upon getting approval from Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor he will be considered as a reviewer.

12. How can I receive content alerts?

You can receive content alerts by signing up as a reader on the journal website.

13. If our paper has been published in other journal, can we still publish it with Starling Science Publications?

One of our journals criteria is that the "submissions should report original research and are not published / submitted elsewhere" Thus, we cannot consider any paper if it has already been published in another journal.

14. Can I order reprints for my published article and how much does it cost?

The cost depends on the number of pages of a reprint and number of reprints ordered, whether the reprints contain colour images, and depending on 'custom' options such as addition of your university/institute information or logo.

If you have any further queries or concerns, please feel free to drop a mail at contact@starlingscience.com