- Information for Authors
- Useful Resources for Authors
- Manuscript Submission & Instructions for Authors
- Funding of APCs and BPCs
- General Peer-Review and Editorial Procedures
- Editorial Decision and Revision
- Long-Term Archiving
Information for Authors
Betasciencepress Publishing (BSP) is a publisher of scholarly gold open access journals. All our journals have a peer-reviewed, rapid, and rigorous manuscript handling and editorial process.
BSP gold open-access journals are the professional platform for you to publish your work under an open-access license, all in a fast and straightforward manner.
Useful Resources for Authors
- Betasciencepress Publishing Author Services
- Reference list and citations style guide
- Article Processing Charges (APC)
- Terms and Conditions
- Policy regarding corrections and retractions
- Statement on controversial articles
Manuscript Submission & Instructions for Authors
- maintain a quick publication procedure — manuscripts are published within 5-9 weeks of submission, provided that no major revisions are required
- publish full open access journals — readers can access all articles published on this platform for free, including state-of-the-art review articles
- publish citation-tracked journals — Betasciencepress Publishing is working towards quick coverage and citation-tracking of all journals in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Scopus.
Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English and should be according the manuscript layout described in the author guidelines. Authors are advised to use the BSP Author Services prior to submission, publication or manuscript revision. A reduction of the Author Services fees is possible in combination with the submission of a manuscript to one of the journals published by BSP.
Funding of APCs and BPCs
Many funding agencies and institutions explicitly allow the use of research grants for the payment of APCs for publishing open access articles and books. For more information on APC and BPC funding see the following page.
Discounts on APCs
BSP provides discounts for authors under the following conditions:
APC Waive (Full/partial)
Limited financial funds
For scientists with limited financial funds (solely reserved for payment of publication fees), a (partial) waive of APC is possible when he/she can prove this limitation.
Low/middle income countries
Reduction/waiver of the Article Processing Charge is possible.
We use data from the gross national income (GNI) per capita for the previous year defined by the World Bank.
Income classifications by GNI per capita are for the year 2019 as follows:
Low income: $1,025 or less
Lower middle income: $1,026 to $3,995
Upper middle income: $3,996 to $12,375
High income: $12,376 or more.
Waivers may be granted at the Publisher’s discretion and should be discussed with the editorial office when submitting the article. The editorial decision making is decoupled from the authors’ ability to pay the Processing Charges, however, authors should consider in advance whether they have sufficient funds to cover the full APC/BPC.
To apply for APC Waive the APC Waiver Application Form needs to be completed and mailed to the Editorial Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
General Peer-Review and Editorial Procedures
All manuscripts sent for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts (this includes research and review articles, spontaneous submissions, and invited papers). The Managing Editor of the journal will perform an initial check of the manuscript’s suitability upon receipt. The Editorial Office will then organize the peer-review process performed by independent experts and collect at least two review reports per manuscript. We ask our authors for adequate revisions (with a second round of peer-review if necessary) before a final decision is made. The final decision is made by the academic editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief of a journal or the Guest Editor of a Special Issue). Accepted articles are copy-edited and English-edited.
Editorial Decision and Revision
All the articles, reviews and communications published in BSP journals go through the peer-review process and receive at least two review reports. The in-house editor will discuss each step of the process with the external academic editor and communicate decisions to the authors regarding the following:
- Accept in Present Form: The paper is accepted without any further changes.
- Accept after Minor Revisions: The paper is in principle accepted after revision based on the reviewer’s comments. Authors are given five days for minor revisions.
- Reconsider after Major Revisions: The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. The author needs to provide a point by point response or provide a rebuttal if some of the reviewer’s comments cannot be revised. Usually, only one round of major revisions is allowed. Authors will be asked to resubmit the revised paper within ten days and the revised version will be returned to the reviewer for further comments.
- Reject and Encourage Resubmission: An article where additional experiments are needed to support the conclusions will be rejected and the authors will be encouraged to re-submit the paper once further experiments have been conducted.
- Reject: The article has serious flaws, makes no original contribution, and the paper is rejected with no offer of resubmission to the journal.
To ensure permanent access to our publications, we work with different partners to archive our content:
- A full archival copy of all publications is deposited in electronic format into Dutch National Library (www.kb.nl)
- Life science-related journals are added into PubMed Central once eligible.
- Authors are encouraged to self-archive the final version of their published articles into institutional repositories (such as those listed in the Directory of Open Access Repositories).