Dr Andrew Shore, Editor of RSC Advances, says: "Maintaining the current high quality standards of RSC Advances is hugely important – our associate editors will continue to apply RSC Advances's rigorous acceptance criteria and only accept work that offers a significant advance in the field. My priority is for the impact factor to remain competitive and attractive to new researchers."
The Royal Society of Chemistry believes that open access publishing needs to be available to everyone and therefore our article processing charges (APCs) are some of the lowest in the industry. For Indian authors the APC is currently £250 ($300), and it is also possible to apply for a waiver.
It is important to have advocates within the community and we are delighted that Professor Amitava Das (CSIR-Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar) will continue on the RSC Advances editorial board. We are also delighted that Professor Giridhar Madras (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) has agreed to join the editorial board, having previously been an associate editor for the journal. We will also continue to have strong representation from India within our associate editor team and reviewer panel.
Professor Madras says that the changes will help to make research accessible to all. "I think the most important benefit of open access is that published research can reach all institutions in India. Many institutions cannot afford to buy access to journals and thus their researchers are deprived of current research. I think RSC Advances bridges that gap in ensuring that the best research is available open access."
You can find more information on open access on our open access page. If you have any specific questions regarding RSC Advances and open access, please contact the team.