Open Access Publishing at IGI Global

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Publishing your work under open access makes your work freely and immediately available online without any reading or subscription fees.

IGI Global publishes open access (OA) books and journal articles across a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Business & Management
  • Computer Science & IT
  • Education
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Government & Law
  • Library & Information Science
  • Media & Communications
  • Medicine & Healthcare
  • Science & Engineering
  • Security & Forensics
  • Social Sciences & Humanities


All IGI Global open access content receives the same rigorous high-quality review process and production as our non-open access books and journal articles.

Open Access Journal Publishing

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All IGI Global journals are published under hybrid open access, allowing the author to select whether to publish their article manuscript via the traditional, subscription-based model, or as an open access article which will be made freely available upon publication.

Licensing & Author's Warranty

Creative Commons

IGI Global open access journal article manuscript publishing offers authors 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, 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All authors are required to sign an author's warranty stating that the materials are original and unpublished elsewhere. IGI Global will not publish any material that has been previously published elsewhere.

Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs)

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If the author selects the open access option, an article processing charge (APC) (currently $2,000 USD per article) must be paid by either the author or a funding body. The APC covers the costs associated with publishing the article and in turn, allows the published article to be freely read online, distributed, and reused.

Articles published via the traditional, subscription-based model (not open access) do not require the payment of an APC as the publication costs associated with these articles are covered by the revenue generated through journal subscriptions.

Why is an APC necessary?
In the traditional subscription-based model, the cost to the publisher to produce each article is recovered through the revenue generated by journal subscriptions. Because open access articles are made freely available, article processing charges are necessary in order to recover the costs to the publisher to produce the article.
What does the APC cover?
Article processing charges defray the cost to the publisher of preparing the article for publication. This includes the cost to develop and maintain the digital tools used to manage the article manuscript submission and review process, typesetting the publication, online hosting, and the overall production of the article.
When is payment due?
Article processing charge payment will be required after the article has undergone the double-blind peer review process and has been accepted for publication. Please note that IGI Global cannot schedule the article for publication or publish the article until payment has been received.

The Process

Journal Articles
  • Submit a Journal Article
  • Editor-in-Chief Conducts Initial Assessment
  • Desk Accept or Reject
  • If Accepted - Peer Review Process
  • Editor Decision (Accept, Reject, or Revise)
  • Revision Phase (If Applicable)
  • Additional Round of Peer Review (If Applicable)
  • Formal Acceptance - APC Charge Requested
  • APC Charge Paid
  • Copy Editing & Proofreading
  • Pre-Production Author & Editor Proofing
  • Final Typesetting
  • Creative Commons License Assigned
  • Article Immediately Available - PDF, ePub, and HTML
  • Online Hosting - InfoSci®, etc.
  • Sent to Print (as Part of Printed Issue)
  • Content Submitted for Consideration to Indices (If Eligible)
  • Promotional Campaign

Published Open Access Journal Articles

Funding Support

IGI Global's Open Access Fee Waiver (Read and Publish Model) Initiative for Journal Article Publication:

Learn more about this initiative by viewing IGI Global's recorded 2018 Charleston Conference Neapolitan Panel Session.

For any library that invests in IGI Global's InfoSci®-Databases, including InfoSci®-Books (5,300+ e-books), InfoSci®-Journals (185+ e-journals), and/or their discipline/ subject-focused subsets, IGI Global will match the library's investment with a fund of equal value to go toward subsidizing the OA APCs for their patrons.*

  1. When a library subscribes or perpetually purchases IGI Global's InfoSci®-Databases, including InfoSci®-Books (5,300+ e-books), InfoSci®-Journals (185+ e-journals), and/or their discipline/ subject-focused subsets, IGI Global will match the library's investment with a fund of equal value to go toward subsidizing the OA APCs for their patrons.
  2. When a student, faculty, or staff member submits a paper and it is accepted (following peer review) into one of IGI Global's 185+ scholarly journals, the author will have the option to have their paper published under a traditional publishing model or as OA.
  3. When the author chooses to have their paper published under OA, IGI Global will notify them of the OA Fee Waiver (Offset Model) Initiative. If the author decides they would like to take advantage of this initiative, IGI Global will deduct the US$ 2,000 APC from the created fund.
  4. This fund will be offered on an annual basis and will renew as the subscription is renewed for each year thereafter. IGI Global will manage the fund and award the APC waivers unless the librarian has a preference as to how the funds should be managed.

These subscriptions will ultimately subsidize all publication costs associated with the development, formatting, typesetting, printing, online hosting, promotion and distribution of the final contents. (Note: The journal article processing charge is not requested until after the article manuscript has undergone a double-blind peer review and is formally accepted for publication)

*The fund will be offered on an annual basis and expire at the end of the subscription period. The fund would renew as the subscription is renewed for each year thereafter. The open access fees will be waived after the student, faculty, or staff's paper has been vetted and accepted into an IGI Global journal and the fund can only be used toward publishing OA in an IGI Global journal. Libraries in developing countries will have the match on their investment doubled.

Low- and Middle-Income Countries

For authors from low- and middle-income countries, IGI Global automatically waives 100% or 50% of journal APCs depending on the author's affiliated country regardless of their library's investment in IGI Global's journal database and/or book database. In addition, IGI Global honors article processing charges for all authors if one or more authors are based in a low to middle-income countries, even if one or more of the co-authors are based in higher income countries.

Please note that all article processing charge waivers are processed by IGI Global's administrative staff and not the journal's editorial team in order to maintain the integrity of the peer review process. We kindly ask that authors do not disclose any information regarding article processing charge waivers and discounts to the journal Editor-in-Chief or the Editorial Advisory Board.

Eligible Countries

IGI Global automatically waives 100% of the journal article processing charge for authors based in any of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

IGI Global automatically provides authors with a 50% discount if one or more authors on the article are based in any of the following countries:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Macedonia
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • West Bank and Gaza Strip

Open Access Book Publishing

IGI Global welcomes authors (authored scholarly monographs) and editors (edited scholarly monographs) to submit manuscripts for open access publication.

Open Access Book Processing Charges (BPCs)

As with any peer-reviewed publication, activities such as a robust evaluation process, copy editing/proofreading as well as the typesetting, online hosting, promotion and distribution of the final contents requires certain human labor and technology support. When work is published under open access, there are no paywalls associated with the access of the content that are offsetting these costs and as such a Book Processing Charge (BPC) is issued in order to support the publisher's cost to produce the work. The BPC can be paid by either the author(s)/editor(s) or a funding body.

IGI Global offers the option for authors/editors or their funding body to either pay the entire Book Processing Charge (BPC) upfront or in separate installments as the book moves through each stage of the development process. For authored monographs, at least one payment installment must be made before the book can proceed into evaluation (if the book for any reason is canceled, the unused funds will be returned to the author).

Please note that for both authored and edited monographs, IGI Global reserves the right to cancel the publication at any time. Any relevant unused BPCs collected at the point of cancellation will be returned to the author(s)/editor(s).

What Does the BPC Cover?

For Authors (Authored Scholarly Monographs):
For authors (of authored scholarly monographs), they will be granted access to the IGI Global eEditorial Discovery® (EED) Manuscript Submission System, one central location to submit and manage their work. The BPC will also go toward the evaluation of the manuscript by expert evaluators. These evaluations will be made available to the author(s) so that they may improve upon their work. Additionally, the BPC covers the development processing, formatting, copy editing, proofreading, typesetting, distribution, and appropriate hosting and promotion of the work.
For Editors (Edited Scholarly Monographs):
For editors (of edited scholarly monographs), they will be granted access to the IGI Global eEditorial Discovery® (EED) Manuscript Submission System, one central location for their contributing chapter authors to submit their work. The editors can facilitate the entire peer review process through the eEditorial Discovery® system (or if peer review has already been conducted, submit the reviews through the system). The BPC also covers the development processing, formatting, copy editing, proofreading, typesetting, distribution, and appropriate hosting and promotion of the work.

Scholarly Monograph Pricing

Short-Form
50,000 to 80,000 Total Words$10,000 USD (plus applicable taxes)*
Long-Form
80,000 to 100,000 Total Words$16,000 USD (plus applicable taxes)*
100,000 to 150,000 Total Words$20,000 USD (plus applicable taxes)*
150,000 to 200,000 Total Words$25,000 USD (plus applicable taxes)*
200,000+ Total WordsContact for Pricing
For questions regarding pricing, please contact: acquisition@igi-global.com
*Pricing may be subject to change based on the complexity of the project


The Process

Authored Monographs
  • Submit a Book Proposal
  • Proposal Evaluation
  • Publication Agreement
  • 1st Manuscript Draft Submitted
  • 1st BPC Installment or Full Amount Paid
  • Formal Manuscript Evaluation
  • Revision Phase
  • Final Manuscript Submission
  • 2nd BPC Installment (If Applicable)
  • Copy Editing & Proofreading
  • Pre-Production Author Proofing
  • Final Typesetting
  • Creative Commons License Assigned
  • Book Immediately Available - PDF, ePub and HTML
  • Online Hosting - InfoSci®, etc.
  • Sent to Printer (For Sale at Discounted Rate)
  • Submitted for Consideration to Indices
  • Promotional Campaign
Edited Monographs
  • Submit a Book Proposal
  • Proposal Evaluation
  • Publication Agreement
  • Chapter Submission Process
  • Peer Review Process
  • 1st BPC Installment or Full Amount Paid
  • Revision Phase
  • Final Manuscript Submission
  • 2nd BPC Installment (If Applicable)
  • Copy Editing & Proofreading
  • Pre-Production Author Proofing
  • Final Typesetting
  • Creative Commons License Assigned
  • Book Immediately Available - PDF, ePub and HTML
  • Online Hosting - InfoSci®, etc.
  • Sent to Printer (For Sale at Discounted Rate)
  • Submitted for Consideration to Indices
  • Promotional Campaign

Licensing & Author's Warranty

Creative Commons

IGI Global open access book publishing offers authors 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 manuscript.

Others may distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, 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. IGI Global will not publish any material that has been previously published elsewhere.

OA Book Hosting and Distribution

Open access eBooks are automatically included as part of IGI Global's InfoSci databases*, so if your library currently perpetually owns or subscribes to one or more of IGI Global’s book databases, the book will be fully searchable as part of that collection.

A print edition of the book publication will be produced at a reduced rate.

*Open access book publications are not included in the overall cost or title counts of InfoSci®-Databases.
Last Updated November 6, 2019