Waiver Policy

Financial barriers should never prevent researchers from publishing their research. With the need to make scientific research more publically available and support the benefits of Open Access, more institutions and funders have dedicated funds to assist their faculty members and researchers cover the Open Access Publishing Fees (OAPFs) associated with publishing in Open Access. Below we have outlined several options available to secure financing for your Open Access publication.

Who pays the OAPF?

At IntechOpen, most OAPFs are paid by an author’s institution or funding agency (Institutions vs. Authors 73% : 23%). The first step in obtaining funds for your Open Access publication begins with your institution or library. IntechOpen’s publishing standards align with most institutional funding programs, so we invite you to petition your institution for help in financing your Open Access publication.

As Open Access becomes a more commonly used publishing option for the dissemination of scientific and scholarly content, in addition to institutions showing support, there are a number of funders who allow the use of grants/research grant money for covering OA publication costs or have established separate funds for the same purpose.

Take a look at our Open Access Funding page to explore some of these funding opportunities and learn more about how you can possibly finance your IntechOpen publication. Keep in mind this is not a complete list, while we are constantly working on updating and informing our authors of funding opportunities, it is always recommended to check with your institution first.

IntechOpen waivers in action

For authors who cannot obtain funding from their institutions or research funding bodies, and still need help in covering publication costs, IntechOpen offers the possibility of applying for a waiver.

In our mission to support authors get their research published and make an impact within the scientific community, 14% of authors receive full waivers, and 6% of authors receive partial waivers.

We aim to support all of our international authors, however, partial or full waiver priority will be given to our authors with proof of residence in countries that are classified by the World Bank as low-income economies. In this way, we can help ensure that the scientific work being done, no matter where in the world, can make an impact within the worldwide scientific community.

How to apply for a waiver

The application process is only open after your submitted manuscript is accepted for publication. To apply, fill out a waiver request form and send your completed form to your Author Service Manager. If you have an official letter from your university or institution showing that funds for your OA publication are unavailable, you may send that as well. The waiver request will normally be addressed within one week from the application date. All chapters that receive waivers or partial waivers will be marked as such online.

Download Waiver Request Form

Feel free to contact us at oapf@intechopen.com for questions about funding options or our waiver program. If you are already in the process, contact your Author Service Manager, they are there to assist you!

Note: All data represented above was collected by IntechOpen from 2013 to 2017.