Open Access Policy

Open Access (OA) publishing is an emerging publishing model that aims to make scholarly research and publications freely available to the public without any barriers to access. It allows researchers to disseminate their research findings to a wider audience and encourages collaboration among researchers worldwide. This policy outlines the Open Access policy of a Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences Journal and the benefits of Open Access publishing.

Open Access Policy:

Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences is committed to promoting Open Access publishing to provide free and unrestricted access to high-quality research articles. The journal recognizes the importance of making research findings widely available to promote knowledge exchange and support the advancement of research in social sciences.

The journal is fully committed to the principles of Open Access, and as such, all articles published in the journal are made freely available to the public without any barriers. Authors of articles published in the journal retain copyright, and their work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.

Benefits of Open Access Publishing:

  1. Increased visibility and readership: Open Access publications are freely available to all, making research findings more visible and accessible to a wider audience. This increased visibility can lead to greater citation rates and increased readership.
  2. Accelerated knowledge exchange: Open Access publishing encourages the rapid dissemination of research findings, accelerating the pace of knowledge exchange and increasing the impact of research.
  3. Greater collaboration and interdisciplinary research: Open Access publishing promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration by breaking down the barriers between different disciplines and making research findings more accessible to researchers in different fields.
  4. Public engagement and societal impact: Open Access publishing promotes public engagement with research findings, making research more accessible to policymakers, journalists, and the general public. This can lead to the creased societal impact of research findings.
  5. Cost savings: Open Access publishing can lead to cost savings for researchers and institutions, as they no longer have to pay expensive subscription fees to access research articles.
  6. Enhanced reproducibility and transparency: Open Access publishing promotes reproducibility and transparency in research by making research data and findings freely available to the public.

Open Access Models:

There are different Open Access models that publishers can adopt to make their research findings freely available to the public. Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences Journal adopts the Gold Open Access model, where articles are made freely available to the public immediately upon publication, and the author retains copyright.

Article Processing Charges:

To support Open Access publishing, the Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences charges Article Processing Charges (APCs) for articles published in the journal. The APCs cover the costs associated with peer review, editorial services, copyediting, typesetting, and online hosting of the article. The APCs are competitive and reflect the quality of the journal and the services provided to authors.

Waivers and Discounts:

Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences recognizes that some authors may not be able to afford the APCs associated with Open Access publishing. To support authors from low- and middle-income countries, the journal provides waivers or discounts for APCs upon request. The journal also provides discounts to authors who are members of institutions that have an institutional membership agreement with the journal.

Archiving:

WAJSS ensures that all published articles are archived in a secure and accessible repository, such as PubMed Central or the journal's institutional repository. This ensures that articles published in the journal are preserved for the long term and can be accessed by future generations of researchers.

Conclusion:

The Open Access policy of WAJSS reflects its commitment to promoting Open Access publishing and making research findings freely available to the public. The benefits of Open Access publishing, such as increased visibility and readership, accelerated knowledge exchange, and public engagement, make it an essential publishing model for social sciences research. The adoption of the Gold Open Access model, coupled with competitive APCs and waivers and discounts for authors from low- and middle-income countries, ensures that the journal is accessible to all researchers, regardless of their financial circumstances. The archiving of all published articles ensures that research findings are preserved for the long term and can be accessed by future generations of researchers.

WAJSS is committed to supporting Open Access publishing and promoting the benefits of Open Access to the wider academic community. The journal recognizes that Open Access publishing is still an emerging publishing model and that there may be challenges in its implementation. However, the journal believes that the benefits of Open Access publishing far outweigh the challenges and that the long-term impact on the research community will be significant.

In conclusion, the Open Access policy of Wah Academia Journal of Social Sciences reflects its commitment to promoting Open Access publishing and making research findings freely available to the public. The benefits of Open Access publishing, such as increased visibility and readership, accelerated knowledge exchange, and public engagement, make it an essential publishing model for social sciences research. WAJSS is dedicated to supporting Open Access publishing and promoting the benefits of Open Access to the wider academic community.