Open access business model |
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
LUMEN journals are Open Access journals and use an Open access business model that is based on the principle whereby the journal’s publication expenses (including the free availability of the content for the readers, either individual or institutional) are covered by the authors through open access fees.
LUMEN publishes all its journals in full open access, which means unlimited use and reuse of articles, in addition to giving credit to the authors.
APCs are used by LUMEN journals in replacing the subscription fees that libraries and readers traditionally have paid to gain access to research articles in electronic online format. Using APCs shift the burden of journal production costs to authors from readers.
The APC model implies that authors pay a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) in order to cover the journal production costs (editing, peer review, hosting, archiving, preservation), professional production of articles in PDF and other formats, and dissemination of published papers in selected databases etc.
There are no charges for rejected articles, no submission charges, and no surcharges based on the length of an article, figures or supplementary data.
However, services such as supplementary iThenticate Similarity Check (starting from the 2nd check) and extensive authorship (from 5th to 8th author) are charged independently - check below the charges.
A series of selected items (Editorials, Corrections, Addendums, Retractions, Comments, etc.) are published free of charge.
LUMEN journals' articles are published under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.
LUMEN charges the following charges:
Article Processing Charges
Starting with July 10th, 2023
Article: 500 euro (the APC includes the APA style formatting for the references system)
Book review: 300 euro
- iThenticate Similarity Check fee: 10 euro (applied for the 2nd check of the same article)
- extensive authorship fee of 50 euros /author for articles that have more than 4 (four) authors, paid for each author starting from the 5 (fifth) author to the 8 (eight) author (maximum 8 authors in authorship).
- subscription for printed edition of the journal for both individual and juridical person (education and research centers, institutions)
#1 subscription – 4 regular issues = 1500 euro/year
#2 subscription - 4 regular issues + supplementary issues = 1900 euro/year
- proceedings paper open access fee
- resulting from institutional agreement with specific institutional partners in co-organizing scientific events/ becoming partners in publication for the events partners management
- the fee is established in accordance with the partner and the authors who benefit from the reduced fee based on the institutional agreement are informed by the event organizer or by LUMEN - as partner in publication.
Publication fee waivers
If an author genuinely can't afford the fees to get his/her article published open access, then individual waiver requests are considered by LUMEN on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of genuine need.
LUMEN may offer waivers for open access fees for papers whose corresponding authors are based in low-income countries.
LUMEN may offer waivers to papers whose corresponding authors are based in countries classified by the World Bank as low-income economies as of July 2021.
Please request your waiver or discount at the point of submission. Each submission open access fee waving will be discussed case by case. The waiving decision will be based on the affiliation country of the most of the authors. Consult below the list of the countries of affiliation of the authors that may benefit from open access waiving:
Low-income countries |
Central African Republic
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Syrian Arab Republic
Lower-middle-income countries with GDP below $200 billion (USD)|
Micronesia, Fed. Sts.
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
West Bank and Gaza