The publishing fee for each book chapter in an edited volume is either USD 500 OR USD 700, depending on the choice of hardcover copy of the book.

USD 500: Online plus electronic version of the book (eBook) to all authors. If you prefer open access online publication plus eBook, the cost is USD 500. There are no other hidden costs. The chapter will be published online in three different formats – pdf, html and xml. It will be open access, freely available to the public and the authors will retain the copyright of their work. Each chapter will be assigned a doi and deposited with Crossref. The authors can monitor the download and citation statistics of their chapter, which are available below the abstract of each chapter. Also, all the authors will receive the eBook in pdf format. We will send it to the author for correspondence and it is the responsibility of the corresponding author to share it with the co-authors.

USD 700: Online plus hardcover copy of the book. In addition to the open access online publication and eBook, if you wish to have a hardcover copy of the book, the cost is USD 700. The books are printed in Australia and sent via DHL to the author’s destination (only one copy to the primary author for correspondence of each chapter irrespective of the number of authors of a chapter). Being non-commercial, Exon Publications does not sell books. Copies are printed exclusively for the authors. For example, if there are 10 chapters in a book, and seven authors order a copy each, only seven copies will ever be printed.

How does our cost compare?

The following, unedited, comment of an author who published with us is self-explanatory:

It will cost at least US$1500 or even more for publishing an open access journal article (some are not even PubMed-indexed) nowadays. $700/per article, including a hardcover copy of the book, is not that expensive given its open access and PubMed-indexed.

What is the manuscript length included in the cost?

Number of words: 7000 - including abstract, figure legends and references
Number of figures: 4 - all can be in color and multi-panel
Number of Tables: 2

How is the fee paid?

The author for correspondence of each book chapter is responsible for making, or arranging, the payment (for example, via the institution). An invoice will be issued to the author for correspondence after the editorial acceptance of the chapter with instructions for payment. 

Why is a fee charged?

A fee is charged to cover the costs of book production and making it freely available to the public. The typical costs associated with the production of a book include book processing, hard cover copies of the book, international postage and handling via DHL, unrestricted free open access, technology and post publication activities.

Book processing: Receiving book proposals, preliminary check of manuscripts to ensure adherence to guidelines, plagiarism check, communicating between authors/editors, organizing peer review, receiving revised manuscripts, copyediting, implementing corrections by authors, type setting, layout editing, proof reading, graphic design, cover design, assigning DOI to articles, reference checking, assigning DOIs to references, indexing, file conversion to XML in accordance with NCBI bookshelf guidelines, adding metadata to agreed industry standards, purchasing ISBN and barcodes, printing and binding, postage and handling, and project management.

Hard cover copies of the book and international postage and handling via DHL: Production of hard cover copies of the book and mailing them to authors and editors.

Unrestricted free open access: All publications are freely available to the public. Anyone with an access to internet can access, read, and download the chapters without any restrictions. 

Technology: Online presence requires a publishing platform, hosting, necessary security features and email services. 

Post publication activities: Permanent preservation using Portico and other service providers, applying for indexing in various repositories, book promotion, marketing and continued online presence.

Fee waiver policy 

Low-income economies: If a chapter in an edited volume is contributed by authors from countries listed as low-income economies by the World Bank, we offer complete fee waiver upon producing proof from their institutions that all authors reside in that country, and that the research was done in that country or another lower-middle income economy. The list of countries is given below: 

Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Korea (Dem. People's Rep), Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Lower-middle- income economies: If a chapter in an edited volume is contributed by authors from countries listed as lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank, we offer 50% fee waiver upon producing proof from their institutions that all authors reside in that country, and that the research was done in that country or another lower-middle income economy. The list of countries is given below: 

Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo (Rep), Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt (Arab Rep), El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesothom, Mauritania, Micronesia (Fed. Sts), Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen (Rep), Zambia.