Transparent price setting

Eco-Vector publishes journal articles under two separate models to suit author preferences:

  1. Subscription articles funded by payments for reading made by subscribing individuals or institutions.
  2. Open access articles funded by payments for publishing made by authors, their institution or funding bodies, commonly known as Article Publishing Charges (APCs).
We calculate pricing for each of these models separately. Subscription prices are set excluding open access articles; in other words, open access articles are not factored in when setting subscription prices. This fundamental principle is enshrined in our strict no double dipping policy.

Article Publishing Charges (APCs)

Irrespective of the publishing model chosen by the author, our goal is to ensure articles are published as quickly as possible, subject to appropriate quality controls, and widely disseminated.

Where an author has chosen to publish open access, which typically involves the payment of an article publishing charge (APC) by the author, their institution or funding body, we make their article freely available immediately upon publication on Eco-Vector Publishing Platform in perpetuity with the author’s chosen user license attached to it (usually, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International). 

Eco-Vector’s APCs are set on a per journal basis, fees range between approximately $300 and $1500 USD, excluding tax, with prices clearly displayed on journal homepages.

Adjustments in Eco-Vector’s APCs are under regular review and are subject to change. We set APCs based on the following criteria which are applied to open access articles only:

A small percentage of titles may support more than one APC, for example when a journal supports one or more article types that require different APCs.

We do not vary the APC prices for our proprietary journals based on the user license chosen by the author. However, we also publish journals on behalf of learned societies or other third parties that reserve the right to determine their own prices and pricing policies. Any deviations in pricing from Eco-Vector’s standard APC price list per journal will be clearly displayed on the journal’s homepage.

Fee Waivers to support researchers

Our goal is to effectively bridge the digital research divide and ensure that publishing in open access journals is accessible for authors in developing countries.

We grant waivers in cases of genuine need, therefore we automatically apply APC waivers or discounts to those articles in gold open access journals for which all author groups are based in a country eligible for the Research4Life program. When publishing in fully open access journals, we fully waive all APCs for authors from Editorial Borad and regular Peer-Reviewers of the appropriate journals.

If an author group from a non-Research4Life country cannot afford the APC to publish an article in a gold open access journal and they can demonstrate they had no research funding, we will consider individual waiver requests on a case-by-case basis.

Our waiving policy does not apply to hybrid journals. Authors publishing in hybrid journals can publish under the subscription model at no cost and make use of the Elsevier Eco-Vectorsharing policy.

For patients and caregivers, we will consider individual waiver requests on a case-by-case basis. 

Reimbursement policy

To ensure Eco-Vector does not charge twice for the same article, we will fully refund an APC when alternative funding is provided for the open access article. For example, where an open access article is part of a Special Issue which is later made available in its entirety on an open access basis, such as through sponsorship by an organization, we will fully refund individual APCs paid by an author or on their behalf.

Eco-Vector will offer a credit for use against a future open access publication in the following circumstances:

No refund or credit will be offered in the following circumstances:

Subscription prices

Eco-Vector publishes subscription articles whose publication is funded by payments that are made by subscribing individuals or institutions. Subscription prices are set independent of open access articles and open access articles are not included when calculating subscription prices. Subscription prices are calculated and adjusted based on the following criteria:

These criteria are applied only to subscription articles, not to open access articles, when setting list prices.

Purchasing options

Eco-Vector provides a range of purchasing options for subscription articles which are tailored for a wide variety of people. These include:

No double dipping

Eco-Vector does not charge subscribers for open access articles; when calculating subscription prices, we only take into account subscription articles — we do not double dip.

Concerns around double dipping are often premised on the expectation that open access articles are replacing the number of subscription articles being published and therefore that prices should be changing to correspond to this. 

List prices for journals that publish both open access and subscription articles

Adjustments in individual journal subscription list prices will be based only on criteria applied to subscription articles.  Open access articles will not be considered in the individual journal list price. Similarly, the APC per journal will only be determined based on the criteria applied to open access articles.


As with journal list prices, collection prices reflect subscription articles only; they are linked to the prices of individual titles in a collection, which do not count open access articles when setting prices.

Retrospective open access

To ensure we uphold our no double dipping policy and separate calculations regarding list prices from open access articles, we do not offer authors the option to make a subscription article gold open access retrospectively after publication as a general rule.

However, we appreciate that there are sometimes exceptional circumstances and we want to assist authors where possible. In such instances, authors can make a subscription article, published in a hybrid journal, gold open access up until 31 January of the following year. For example, if the article is published in March 2022, the author can make it open access up until the 31 January 2023. This cut-off date is necessary to accurately assess the open access uptake in each individual hybrid journal for the previous year which ensures we do not charge subscribers for open access content. To request retrospective open access or for further details, please contact us.

Article-related Paid Services for Authors 


The Fast-Track is a special time-schedule for peer-review process and editorial workflow to authors seeking a very fast editorial decision and rapid publication at a higher submission fee to compensate the extreme fast referees and editorial work. Not all journals can offer this service to authors For the Fast-Track users:

The “Fast-Track” option does not guarantee a positive peer-review and acceptance of a manuscript itself. It's only brings an extreme fast time scedule for manuscript processing thrue all editorial procedures. Thus, if the manuscript receives negative reviews, and if the editorial board will take the side of peer-reviewers, the manuscript will be rejected. If the reviewers recomend revisions of the manuscript, the final decision on publication will be only after revised manuscript submission and the second (third, fourth ...) round of peer-review.

In opposite to the Fast-Track option authors can use the standart protocol for manuscript selection in any Eco-Vector journal (peer-review and editorial workflow). 

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