[Frequently Asked Questions]
How can this journal be free of charge for both authors and readers?
Publishers make scientists and scientific organizations believe that publishing is expensive and that someone has to pay for the publication process, either the reader in subscription models or the author in open-access models. We believe that there is a third option if the job of the publisher is taken over by scientists, i.e. the people who have put the most energy into a journal. It is true that we need some technical infrastructure and manpower to keep the journal running, but compared to the activities of scientists provided free (non-reimbursed) as referees and editors, which make commercial publishers even richer, the additional costs for publishing activities are moderate and they are covered by our institutions. We also take advantage of the Open Journals Systems platform, which is an open-source software for the management of peer-reviewed academic journals.
Why don´t you need a commercial publisher?
Scientists spend much of their time for reviewing and editing, and with these activities they increase the publisher´s profit without getting reimbursed. On the other hand, traditional activities of the publisher have included guiding the editor, promoting the journal, maintaining the journal website, copyediting and layout of submissions following acceptance. In the past, these activities were time-consuming and required considerable technical skills. Now they have been automated, streamlined or outsourced. We think that even though traditionally not being considered scientific activities, enthusiastic scientists who are involved in the scientific area of the journal can do better here than employees of a commercial publisher. And they do the job for science, not for stockholders of the publisher.
Is Free Neuropathology included in PubMed and Science Citations Index?
We realize that covering by indexing services such as PubMed and Web of Science is imperative for a high-quality journal. However, as for any new journal, it takes some time before Free Neuropathology will be considered and eventually included in these databases. We work hard to fulfill the requirements as soon as possible, but we need your support as author and reader in the infancy of the journal.
What is Diamond Open Access?
Green Open Access means self-archiving of the accepted version of the manuscript in the authors´ format. In the Gold Access model articles are made immediately and freely available, while the author must pay an article processing fee. Diamond Open Access (also referred to as Platinum Open Access) means that the process, including submission, peer review, handling by the editorial team, copyediting, layout and reading by everyone, is completely free. That means that neither authors nor institutions nor readers have to pay. This is realized by sponsors or by volunteers, providing high quality editorial, peer review and publishing services. Free Neuropathology´s Diamond Open Access model is based on the enthusiasm of volunteers who love to be engaged in the scientific publication process, thereby serving science and society. We also believe that Diamond Open Access volunteers will enjoy career benefits, prestige, and recognition from institutions for doing the work.