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What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the Internet to peer-reviewed scholarly research. Open access journals provide 'gold' open access, meaning immediate open access to all of their articles on the publisher's website. Typically open access journals have an article processing charge (APC) to authors associated with publication, but ACG Case Reports Journal does not charge an APC.

Who retains copyright of the open access articles?
Authors retain copyright for their article, with content licensed under one of two Creative Commons 4.0 licenses.

  • Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND. This license allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change them in any way or use them commercially.
  • Attribution: CC-BY. This license is available to authors funded by RCUK, Wellcome Trust, Austrian Science Fund (FWF), World Health Organization (WFO), and the World Bank and lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered.

Is there an article processing charge (APC) to publish my manuscript?
ACG Case Reports Journal is open access, but does not charge an APC for publication. Submission, publication, and access to the journal is free.

How will readers know articles are open access?
All open access articles will be marked with an icon bearing 'Open Access' on the full-text and PDF formats of the published work, and information on the type of creative commons license will be available on all article formats and listed in the article metadata.

Are open access articles indexed?

Yes. A list of indexing and abstracting services that include ACG Case Reports Journal content is available on the About the Journal page of this website.

What is the difference between free and open access?
'Free' is generic, for any content at no cost, like a website, YouTube videos, free abstracts, or articles that are made free for promotion. Though the content is free to read, reuse and sharing is limited by standard copyright and licensing restrictions that applies to all non-open access content. 'Open access' content is free permanently on all online locations and allows users to link, read, download, store, use, and data-mine the digital content of that article without copyright or licensing restrictions. The open access licenses (the Creative Commons licenses detailed below) set some restrictions on commercial and derivative uses of open access content.

Is ACG Case Reports Journal online only?
Yes, ACG Case Reports Journal is only available online, with no print edition.

How do I subscribe to ACG Case Reports Journal?
ACG Case Reports Journal is an open access journal, so there is no subscription.