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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 their articles on the publisher's website. "Gold" open access for individual articles is funded by authors, institutions, funders, or sponsors who pay an open access article-processing charge (APC) after acceptance.

What types of articles will Cancer Care Research Online publish?
Cancer Care Research Online will feature the original work of cancer nursing and multidisciplinary cancer care researchers in the global community to advance the findings of evidence-based research on multiple aspects of cancer care delivery practices worldwide. Original work will include reports of pilot and feasibility studies, new instruments or instrument translations, and new conceptualizations that can be predictors of future research focus in cancer care research, representing early efforts and ideas about what could become influential research.

Why do authors pay article-processing charges (APC)?
Cancer Care Research Online is an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal. To provide open access, the journal charges publication fees for each article published. These fees cover the expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, and hosting and archiving fees. The APC is charged on acceptance of the article and should be paid within 30 days by the author, funding agency or institution. Payment must be received in full for the article to be published.

What costs does the APC cover?
As costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, from peer review to copy editing and hosting the final article on dedicated servers, authors will be asked to pay an APC to help cover publication costs that will not be earned with post-publication re-use fees due to CC-BY licensing allowing for republication with no fees (see below). With the combined APC and CC-BY licensing,​ authors can post the final, published PDF of their article on a non-commercial web site, institutional repository or other non-commercial free public server, immediately on publication.

Are there any APC waivers available?

CCRO offers full or partial equitable waivers for accepted articles from low-income and middle-income economies. Eligibility is based on the Research4Life eligibility criteria. Countries listed in Group A are eligible for the full waiver and countries listed in Group B are eligible for the partial (50%) waiver. The waiver is automatically applied based on the Corresponding Author's country information provided during submission. To determine your eligibility, visit the Research4Life criteria page.

How will readers know articles are open access?
All open access articles will be marked with an icon bearing 'Open' 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.

Who retains copyright of the open access articles?
Authors retain copyright of their content. Open access articles will be freely available to read, download and share from the time of publication. Cancer Care Research Online publishes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Non-Derivative 4.0 license. If your research is funded by an organization who requires a CCBY license, you may opt for the Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY 4.0 license.

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs: CC BY-NC-ND

This license is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share it with others as long as they credit you, but they can't change the work in any way or use it commercially.

Attribution: CC-BY

This license 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.

If I publish in Cancer Care Research Online, does this make me compliant with my funding body requirements?
Cancer Care Research Online's services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide.

Is Cancer Care Research Online online-only?
Yes, Cancer Care Research Online is available online, with no print edition.

How do I subscribe to Cancer Care Research Online?
Cancer Care Research Online is an open access journal, so no subscription is needed to read it.

Does Cancer Care Research Online have an impact factor? Is Cancer Care Research Online indexed in PubMed Central or MEDLINE®?
As a brand-new journal, Cancer Care Research Online does not yet have an Impact Factor and is not yet included in PubMed Central or MEDLINE®. As soon as the required application criteria are met, the journal will submit the appropriate applications. When accepted, indexing will be retroactive .

Does Cancer Care Research Online have clear editorial and ethical policies?
Yes, Cancer Care Research Online editorial and ethical policies can be found in the Information for Authors. The publisher, Wolters Kluwer, is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE).