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BMC Research Notes

, 7:238

First Online: 15 April 2014Received: 30 July 2013Accepted: 09 April 2014DOI: 10.1186-1756-0500-7-238

Cite this article as: Uddin, R. BMC Res Notes 2014 7: 238. doi:10.1186-1756-0500-7-238


BackgroundOpen access initiative is a -talk of the town- in scientific community in recent years. Many open access publishers have an auto-waiver policy for resource limited countries. It is still not documented that whether submissions from auto- and non-waiver countries take the same time to be accepted by the editorial office or a sense of priority works for non-waiver groups.

FindingsAnalyzing 248 articles published in BMC Research Notes in 2013 we have found that average 143.8 ± 5.134 and 138.4 ± 12.01 days respectively for non-waiver and auto-waiver countries were required by the editorial office to accept a submission p = 0.6983.

ConclusionFrom this current investigation it is quite evident that both categories of submissions, coming from auto- and non-waiver countries, are equally treated by the for-profit open access journals and thus it can be concluded that no sense of priority works in case of submissions those come from non-waiver countries.

KeywordsArticle processing charge OA publication Publication ethics Transparency Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1756-0500-7-238 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Riaz Uddin


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