All of the articles published in the journal are open access. To download the PDFs, users must register at no cost in the journal’s database. This will also enable table of content alerts. Open access ensures that everyone has access to new knowledge, both professionals, patients, and stakeholders. We are advocates of open communities that share instead of putting up paywalls between people and knowledge. However, publishing a high-quality scientific journal entails costs, and since there is no public financing to help us, we must charge author fees.
Given our high rejection rate, and the significant work that the editorial office puts into managing the whole peer review process, we have decided to charge a fixed fee of USD 100 to all manuscripts submitted to our system. We call this the Submission fee. We do not grant discounts on this fee except when a manuscript is authorized to proceed without any charges, based on specific reasons that must be approved by the editor-in-chief.
If the submitted manuscript is accepted to be published in the journal, the corresponding author will have to ensure that a fee of USD 850 is paid. This is the publication charge. Publication fee for research protocols is USD 500. Publication fee for letters to the editor is USD 100, unless the letter refers to a topic that has been recently covered in the journal, wherein no charges will be levied.
When an author submits a manuscript through our online OJS system, he or she will have to declare that the authors are willing to pay the USD 100 submission fee. This will ensure that the manuscript is sent out for peer review. If the submitted paper is not aligned with the journal’s purpose, scope or aims, it will be archived and no charges will be made.
Once the editorial office verifies that the submitted manuscript is consistent with the journal’s purpose, it will notify the authors that they have to pay the submission fee. The authors will receive a PayPal invoice for USD 100. Only after the office has checked that the amount has been paid, the manuscript will be assessed to see whether formal requisites are complied with. After verifying compliance, the manuscript will go out to peer-review.
If the manuscript is accepted, the authors will receive another PayPal invoice for USD 850. The article will be copyedited and prepared for publication only after payment has been received.
Authors may request that invoices be issued to their institutions or to whomever they instruct. Medwave Estudios Limitada, the Journal's publisher, will issue the invoice through PayPal.
We urge all authors to make an effort to contribute to the financial sustenance of the journal, as this benefits us all. If there is an author, or a group of authors, that do not have sufficient funds to pay the full fee, we will request a contribution according to their means. Authors must express their requests at the beginning of the submission process in the cover letter. We will decide on a case-by-case basis.
Authors who wish to submit letters to the editor should request discount in the cover letter attached to the submission. Letters will be peer-reviewed if the editor-in-chief deems appropriate. Letters that critically comment published articles in the journal will be especially considered for discounts or waivers in article processing charges. The following discounts apply only to publication fee; submission fee does not consider discounts or waivers.
If, according to the journal's editorial waiver policies, as expressed in the following table, you are entitled to a discount, you must request the waiver in the cover letter that accompanies the initial submission, otherwise, no waiver or discount will be granted. You must also include the justification for the waiver or discount, according to the reasons shown below.
|Reason||Waivers and discounts||Observations|
|Corresponding author comes from a low-income country according to the World Bank classification*||100%||Automatically applied upon submission, authors will receive a letter from the assistant editor stating that no charges are due|
|Corresponding author comes from a low-middle-income country according to the World Bank*||60%||Automatically applied upon submission, authors will receive a letter from the assistant editor stating that no charges are due|
|Corresponding author peer-reviewed one or more manuscripts for the journal in the previous 12 months||25%||Applies to one submission and must be requested in the cover letter upon submission; only applies to publicacation fee, not submission fee|
|Corresponding author is associate editor or a member of the editorial board||50%||Applies to all submissions during period of appointment and must be requested in the cover letter upon submission; only applies to publicacation fee, not submission fee|
|First author is an undergraduate student||40%||Must be requested in the cover letter upon submission and must be backed by a recently-issued certificate issued by the student’s institution that accredits undergraduate status; only applies to publication fee, not submission fee|
|Former author program: corresponding author has a published paper in the past 12 months for which a full author processing charge has been paid||25%||Applies to one submission and must be requested in the cover letter upon submission; only applies to publicacation fee, not submission fee|
First author has abstract accepted to congress proceedings published in Medwave and was invited to submit the manuscript
Discount applies only to manuscript presenting full results of the abstract that was published in the journal; author should request discount in the cover letter upon submission; only applies to publicacation fee, not submission fee
|Collection COVID-19||No publication fee will be charged||
Medwave has issued a Call for Papers for manuscripts reporting results of COVID-19 studies with data from the Ibero-American region (observational studies, clinical trials, descriptive cohorts with more than 100 cases); analysis with epidemiological projections of the pandemic for the countries of the Ibero-American region; and literature reviews with a synthesis of evidence on the clinical epidemiology of COVID-19 whose first or corresponding author is from the Ibero-American region and the protocol is registered in PROSPERO. Any manuscript that meets these criteria will undergo a fast track evaluation process to ensure quality and timeliness of publication. Any manuscript that meets these conditions will be exempted from the publication fee, but will have to cover the submission fee (USD 100). On the contrary, narrative reviews, opinion pieces or essays, methodological notes on COVID-19, studies based on secondary information sources, case reports, among others, will not be exempted from the publication fee, but will be moved through the editorial process as swiftly as possible without compromising the quality of our publications.
July 14, 2020.