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What author charges apply under the NAR Open Access model for 2008?
How will I know whether my institution has NAR membership and therefore whether I am eligible for discounted Open Access publication charges?
Where can I find the appropriate Open Access publication charge form?
My paper has been accepted by NAR and I have been directed to the non-member version of the publication charge form - I believe this to be in error, what should I do?
Will a personal subscription to NAR secure membership and therefore discounted author publication charges?
Why are there additional page charges for articles exceeding nine pages?
Will authors who do not have funds to pay publication charges be prevented from publishing in NAR?
How will you ensure that the payment of publication charges by authors has no influence on whether an article is accepted for publication in NAR?
Why is NAR electing to charge authors based in 'List B' developing countries an Open Access publication charge?
What about invited Survey and Summary articles?

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What author charges apply under the NAR Open Access model for 2008?

Open Access publication charges for all articles will vary as follows depending on whether the Corresponding author is based at an institution that has an active NAR membership:

All charges are per article:

* Corresponding authors based at NAR Member institutions - £685/$1335/€1025

* Corresponding authors based at non-Member insttitutions - £1370/$2670/€2050

* Corresponding authors in List B Developing Countries at NAR Member institutions
- £0/$0

* Corresponding authors in List B Developing Countries at non-Member institutions
- £460/$900

* Corresponding authors in List A Developing Countries - £0/$0

The Open Access charges as outlined above, will be applied to articles of up to nine published pages in length. Each page above nine will incur an additional charge of £100 / $195 / €150 per page. Colour figures will not be subject to an additional charge, although the use of colour will be subject to the Editor's decision.

How will I know whether my institution has NAR membership and therefore whether I am eligible for discounted Open Access publication charges?

Payment of Open Access publication charges is administered through completion of a publication form. A 'member' version of the publication form entitling Corresponding authors to discounted publication charges is available, but access to this form is restricted. Only Corresponding authors based at institutions with active NAR membership are able to access the member version of the form and thereby qualify for the discounted charge.

To find out whether your institution has active NAR membership please click the following link from an institutional computer - NAR Membership Test
Please note that NAR corresponding authors are required to complete an open access publication form UPON ACCEPTANCE of their manuscript. Therefore in order to qualify for the discounted open access charges your institution will need to be a member of NAR at the time your manuscript is accepted for publication in the journal. Once activated memberships are valid until the end of the calendar year.

If you are directed to the NON MEMBER institution page this may mean that your institution has not purchased membership, or that your institution has membership but has not activated this by registering the appropriate IP addresses with us, or that you are not using a computer within the registered IP range. In case of queries, authors should contact their librarian in the first instance to confirm that their institution is an NAR member.

Where can I find the appropriate Open Access publication charge form?

You will be sent a link to the form by email when your paper has been accepted for publication in NAR.

The charge form is also available online at http://www.oxfordjournals.org/nar/for_authors/openaccess/article

My paper has been accepted by NAR and I have been directed to the non-member version of the publication charge form - I believe this to be in error, what should I do?

First of all, please ensure that you are trying to access the form from a computer physically based at your institution. In this way our systems will be able to identify whether your institution is an NAR member. If you are still directed to the non-member form and believe this to be an error, please contact your librarian. Your librarian will be able to confirm whether your institution has active NAR membership and if necessary can contact our Customer Services team for advice (FAQs for librarians are also available).

Will a personal subscription to NAR secure membership and therefore discounted author publication charges?

No - only Institutional Memberships will secure discounted charges.

Why are there additional page charges for articles exceeding nine pages?

Many of the costs entailed in journal publishing are directly affected by the number of pages published - e.g. copyediting, typesetting, online production and many online hosting costs. Hence longer papers have higher associated costs. It is envisaged that the advertised author charges coupled with institutional memberships will be sufficient to cover costs for the majority of papers, but for papers over nine pages long, excess page charges of $170 per page will be levied.

Will authors who do not have funds to pay publication charges be prevented from publishing in NAR?

Some NAR contributors have raised concerns about the ability of some authors to pay publication charges. In a publication charge model, there is the risk that less well-funded groups or individuals will be disadvantaged by not being able to afford to publish in high quality journals like NAR. In response to this concern, an application form is available so that those in financial hardship may apply for a waiver of publication charges.

Any contributor wishing to submit a waiver application is required to submit the form, endorsed by a senior financial administrator or head of department, directly to Oxford University Press, after his or her manuscript has been accepted for publication. In addition, we have a special publication charge policy for authors from developing countries included in the OUP Developing Countries Initiative; for example, all corresponding authors based in List A countries will automatically be eligible for a full waiver.

The NAR Editors hope that authors will support NAR's bold experiment with the Open Access model by paying the publication charge if they are able to do so.

How will you ensure that the payment of publication charges by authors has no influence on whether an article is accepted for publication in NAR?

All manuscripts submitted to NAR will continue to be subject to the same rigorous process of editorial consideration and peer review, thereby ensuring that the high standards the community has come to expect from the journal are maintained. Under the Open Access model, the Editors of the journal will not be involved in correspondence with authors regarding payment of publication charges for their article. Instead, the author charge system will be administered by the publisher, Oxford University Press, once manuscripts have been accepted for publication. Contributors who choose to complete the waiver application form will be asked to submit the form directly to OUP after acceptance. In this way authors should be reassured that their ability to pay publication charges will not influence editorial decisions.

Why is NAR electing to charge authors based in 'List B' developing countries an Open Access publication charge?

For the poorest ('List A') countries (see a list of Qualifying Countries) Open Access publication charges will be automatically waived.

For middle-income ('List B') countries, authors based in NAR member institutions will also be eligible for a full waiver. Under OUP's Developing Countries offer, subscription prices for List B developing countries are deeply discounted. For middle-income ('List B') countries, authors who are not based at an NAR member institution will be asked to pay a reduced Open Access charge. After careful thought, NAR has decided to introduce this reduced charge to help towards establishing the value of publication for the longer term - there is a concern that if such services are freely given in all cases, as resources gradually become available in the future, it will be harder for researchers to make a case for money to be allocated to them for use in areas where funds have not been required previously. Applications for full waivers using the financial hardship form will be considered sympathetically for developing countries authors.

What about invited Survey and Summary articles?

The Executive Editor responsible for this NAR section, which is composed primarily of review articles, has the discretion to waive Open Access charges. He or she will use this discretionary power in cases where the article was specifically commissioned for publication in NAR.