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Q: Why does The Sci-Afric Publishers charge processing fee for publishing in its journals?

A: The Sci-Afric Publishers publishes its journals using the open access model. Anyone can unlimitedly and immediately access all full text content, meaning The Sci-Afric Publishers does not have any income from selling print or online versions of its journals or from charging "pay-per-view" fees. As such, she uses the handling fees paid by authors in her day to day operations such as payment of different categories of staff, electricity generation, internet subscription, research, training and retraining, web hosting, awareness campaign, capacity building, technology transfer, sustainability and funding of international offices, organization of conferences, corporate social responsibility, other production expenses etc.

It costs money to produce a peer-reviewed, edited, and formatted article that is ready for online publication, and to host it on a server that is freely accessible without barriers around the clock. We ask that as a small part of the cost of doing the research, the author, institution, or funding agency pays a modest fee to help cover the actual cost of the essential final step, the publication.

Authors are charged a handling fee for each accepted manuscript. Manuscripts are only published after the handling fee has been received. Publication fees may be paid by several different ways (we will send you the details of the bill and payment options after your manuscript is accepted for publication).

Q: Who Should Submit Manuscript (s) to Sci-Afric Publishers?

A: Submissions are sought from theorists, corporate professionals, research institutes, academics/scholars, researchers, scientists and educators. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts especially manuscript (s) co-authored with their academic advisor.

Q: Is Sci-Afric Publishers a Close Access or Open Access Journal?

A: The Sci-Afric Publishers provides instant open access to its content in such a way that makes research articles freely available to the international community, meaning;
Everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of articles published in SAP; manuscripts are freely available without subscription or price barriers;
Papers are immediately released in open access format (no long waiting periods);
Open Access publication is supported by authors' institutes or research funding agency by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Fee (APF) for accepted articles

Advantages of Open Access for Authors
High Visibility and High Availability - free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions.
Frequency of citation -open Access publications are more frequently cited due to their high publicity and availability.
Ease of Access -Publications are also more easily accessible and searchable in search engines and indexing databases.
Less Costly - the cost of editorial processing and editing fee of each accepted paper is charged to authors' institutes or research funding agency. The cost of processing and the publication of an article is covered through the one-time payment of an Article Processing Fee (APF) for each accepted article.
Rapid Publication - accepted papers are immediately published online

Indeed, Open Access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. Sci-Afric Publishers is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

Q: Why Sci-Afric Publishers (SAP)?

A: Sci-Afric Publishers ensures timely publication of your academic work using a Friendly Online System. Accepted papers are immediately published online. Our goal is to notify authors of the decision on their manuscript within two to four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue.

Sci-Afric Publishers also ensures high visibility and high availability, free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions to the international community. Our objective is to bring the highest quality research to the widest possible audience.

Q: Can advertisement be done on the Sci-Afric Publishers website?

A: The Sci-Afric Publishers offer versatile and effective marketing and education solutions to reach your target audience. To place a commercial ad or any announcements about conferences, symposia, meetings, upcoming books etc. on Sci-Afric Publishers web page, please e-mail us at info@sci-africpublishers.org

Q: What is the time frame for publication by Sci-Afric Publishers?

A: The Sci-Afric Publishers publishes manuscript(s) on a monthly basis after an accepted review within two to four weeks.

Q: What is Sci-Afric Publishers Impact Factor Status?

A: For any journal to have an Impact Factor, it must have published articles for a at least three years and the articles published must have citation counts. The number of citation for the past two years is divided by the number of articles published within the two years to arrive at the impact factor for the current year been the third year. To this effect, Sci-Afric Publishers has impact factors for most of her journals. Kindly visit the homepage of each journal to see their impact factor.

Q: When and how shall I receive a proof of my article?

A: A proof of most papers published will be sent to the corresponding author within 2 weeks, generally by e-mail in PDF format.

Q: My manuscript is online—when will it be published?

A: All manuscripts that appear online are considered published. The date it appears online is the definitive publication date. The publication date of your article will appear centered at the top of the first page of the work.

Q: Why are changes made to my article after it was accepted?

A: All papers are subject to copy-editing after acceptance to ensure that articles conform to journal style, that there are no spelling or grammatical errors etc.

Q: When do you need my proofs back?

A: We require proof corrections to be returned within two working days.

Q: Has my paper been accepted? Please could you send an official letter of acceptance?

You would receive a letter of acceptance from the Editors of the journal once your paper has been accepted. If you have any doubts over whether your paper has been accepted, please contact the Editorial Office.

Q: When will I receive online access to my article?

A: Corresponding authors will be sent URLs for their online papers once they are published.

Q: Can we receive partial waiver for our article's charges?

A: If you are coming from a developing Country, you may receive partial waiver of publication charges. You are entitled to apply for partial waiver if you know you cannot pay the full amount. Contact our account section at accounts@sci-africpublishers.org for request of partial waiver to your manuscript if you cannot pay the stipulated amount of processing charges. Other reasons for applying for a waiver should be directed to the Editor of the journal, who may have the discretion to grant a waiver.

Q: In a situation where a board member decides to submit a manuscript for publication, will he also pay the processing fee when such paper is accepted for publication?

A: Before now, Editorial board members do not pay processing fees/publication charges for their manuscripts. But to put it quite frankly, we which to express the view that all through the years, this concession has been dastardly abused a great deal as many reviewers now capitalize on it as a veritable avenue to publish manuscripts belonging to their colleagues with a seemingly untenable predisposition to hide under the guise of corresponding authors.

In view of the above submission, the Publication Committee of the Sci-Afric Publishers decided that the first manuscript sent by an editorial board member be published free of charge. Any other submission after then shall attract some moderate charges in the form of a waiver.

Q: Who owned Sci-Afric Publishers?

A: The Sci-Afric Publishers is an international publishing house that is govern by various fields professionals for the celebration of general knowledge contribution.

Q: Why is my supplementary material not online?

A: Supplementary material should be uploaded within 24 hours of online publication of your paper. If it does not appear 24 hours after your paper is published online, please contact Sci-Afric Publishers.

Q: How do I cite an article that is available in Advance Access but not in an issue?

A: Papers published in Advance Access uses the doi and publication date ('doi' stands for 'digital object identifier' and is unique to each paper; for more about dois, please visit http://www.doi.org or http://www.crossref.org).

Q: What is/where do I find the manuscript number to put on my licence/offprint form?

A: Manuscript number (or article ID number) It can be found on any correspondence from Sci-Afric Publishers and on your PDF proofs. If you have not yet been assigned a Journal article ID number, but you have a manuscript number assigned by the Editorial Office, you may use that number on your license form.

Q: Can I make another correction to my article?

A: Please contact the production editor to see if this is possible. You will need to check the status of your paper with us, but if it is soon after you returned your first corrections, generally yes. You should ensure that you check your proofs very carefully to avoid this situation arising.

Q: How do I open my proofs? What should I do if I want to make changes to them?

A: You will need Adobe Reader to open your PDF proofs – this software is freely available at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. You can make changes by printing out the PDF and faxing the marked up pages back to Sci-Afric Publishers, or if you have Adobe Acrobat, you can electronically mark your corrections and e-mail the PDF back to us.

Q: When do you need my proofs back?

A: We require proof corrections to be returned within two working days.

Q: I was out of town and couldn't return the proofs within your deadline—is it too late to return them for inclusion in the next issue?

A: This depends on how quickly the journal is published. You should always return your proofs as soon as possible, even if you miss the deadline. If you know you will be away, please let us know so we can accommodate this, or arrange for someone to handle the proofs in your absence.

Q: Figures: What format should figures be supplied in?

We prefer figures to arrive as TIFFs, although we can accept most figure formats. Please note that JPEGs generally do not meet our requirements and should be avoided. For production, images must be at a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) for line drawings (black and white) and combinations, and 300 dpi for colour or greyscale. Colour figures must be supplied in CMYK not RGB colours. Please ensure that the prepared electronic image files print at a legible size and are of a high quality for publication. For useful information on preparing figures, visit http://cpc.cadmus.com/da where you can also test whether your figures are suitable for production by using the preflight tool at http://cpc.cadmus.com/da.

Q: Will I receive any free offprints?

Unless stated in the journal or on the offprint form, you will receive paper offprints. Most journals do, however, offer authors free, permanent access to the online version of their articles. Any exceptions to this rule will be outlined on individual journals' offprint forms.

Q: When will I receive my paper offprints?

If applicable, offprints are normally dispatched within 4–6 weeks after print publication.

Q: How do I pay for colour/excess charges?

A: You will be invoiced for any costs relating to publication after print publication.

Q: What is the difference between offprints and reprints?

A: Offprints are ordered before publication of an article, and are printed the same time as the issue. Reprints are printed after publication and may incur an extra cost.

Q: Why do I have to pay for colour/excess pages?

A: Colour figures cost more to print than black and white figures to produce. For some journals, therefore, we must charge authors a fee to defray costs. For details about colour charges for your journal, please contact your Editorial Office or Sci-Afric Publishers Production Editor.

Q: Where are my offprints?

If you do not receive your ordered offprints 6 weeks after publication of the journal, please contact Sci-Afric Publishers so we can investigate what has happened.

Q: Can you send the invoice for my paper to someone else?

A: Invoices can be addressed to whomsoever you wish—please address the contact

Conflicts of interest

Q: What is a ‘Conflict of Interest’?

A: Any financial interests or connections, direct or indirect, or other situations that might raise the question of bias in the work reported or the conclusions, implications or opinions stated – including pertinent commercial or other sources of funding for the individual author(s) or for the associated department(s) or organization(s), personal relationships, or direct academic competition.

Q: How can I be sure if I should declare something?

A: Please consider the following Conflict of Interest test: Is there any arrangement that would compromise the perception of your impartiality or that of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it?

Q: Who should make the declaration?

A: The corresponding author is expected to obtain the relevant information from all co-authors

Q: How should the declaration be made?

A: This journal requires declaration of any Conflict of Interest upon submission. This information will be available to the Editors. If your manuscript is published, this information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

Note: Depending on the journal, you may also be asked to submit signed Conflict of Interest form if your article is accepted for publication. In both cases the corresponding author has to be in a position to report for all co-authors.

Q: What happens if I do not know about any potential Conflict of Interest for my co-authors?

A: On submission any potential Conflict of Interest should be clearly stated for each author – the Editors reserve the right to require further information before the paper is reviewed. As corresponding author it is your responsibility to confirm with your co-authors whether they have any conflicts to declare. If you are unable to do this you will need to co-ordinate the completion of written forms from all co-authors, and submit these to the editorial office before the manuscript can be processed.

Q: Are referees and Editors covered by a similar code?

A: All referees are either asked to decline to review a manuscript if they have a potential conflict or declare any potential conflict. All Editors have submitted a Conflict of Interest statement to the publisher. Editors would not handle the review of a manuscript if there was a potential Conflict of Interest, and instead would pass it on to another editorial colleague.


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