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Open Access

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. '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 Global Reproductive Health publish?

  • Original Articles: A full-length report of completed basic and experimental research, technical reports, or clinical and translational research. Original articles should include a structured abstract (introduction, material and methods, results, discussion) of no more than 300 words. Original articles should be no more than 4,000 words, including the abstract, introduction, material and methods, results, and discussion sections.
  • Review Articles: A review article surveys and summarizes previously published studies. Review articles should be no more than 4,000 words in length. Brief Reviews can also be submitted, at no more than 1,500 words in length.
  • Video Articles: Videos articles can be developed from lectures, courses, or surgery. Vide articles are limited to 500 words, 5 references and up to 20 minutes of video (separated into no more than 4 video clips). Each video clip must be submitted under 100MB in size and in MP4 formatting. Standalone videos can also be invited at the discretion of the Editor.
  • Meeting Proceedings: Articles that present the aims, scope, and science presented at a satellite meeting may be submitted for consideration. Meeting Proceedings should be no more than 1,500 words in length.
  • Letter to the Editor: Letters submitted should be no more than 500 words. There are two types of letters:
    • Informational: a focused submission briefly discussion a significant clinical report or other high interest topic on a relevant subject matter.
    • Correspondence: Comments on articles previously published in Global Reproductive Health. The authors of the original publication will be given an opportunity to provide a paired response.

On occasion the Journal may invite submissions that fall outside of the above descriptions. In those cases, the author invitation letter will specify the format that must be followed for submission

Why do authors pay article-processing charges (APC)?
GRH is an open access, peer-reviewed 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. Fees vary by article type.

The APCs for GRH are $1,300 USD for Tier 1 manuscripts (original articles, reviews, courses) and $400 USD for Tier 2 manuscripts (brief reviews, video articles, meeting proceedings editorials, letters to the editor). The APC is charged on acceptance of the article and should be paid within 30 days by credit card by the author, funding agency or institution. Payment must be received in full for the article to be published.

What costs does the article-processing charge (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 in order for their article to be published open access. By paying the APC, 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.

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.

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. Global Reproductive Health provides authors the choice of applying any of the Creative Commons 4.0 licenses defined below, to be selected by the author after acceptance.

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-NonCommerical-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work noncommercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

Attribution-NonCommercial: CC BY-NC

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work noncommercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be noncommercial, they don't have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

Attribution-NoDerivs: CC BY-ND

This license allows for redistribution, commercial and noncommercial, of your work as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you.

Attribution-ShareAlike: CC BY-SA

This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.

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 GRH, does this make me compliant with my funding body requirements?
GRH's services and policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of major funding bodies worldwide.

Is GRH online only?
Yes, GRH is available online, with no print edition.

How do I subscribe to GRH?
GRH is an open access journal, so no subscription is needed to read it.

Does GRH have an impact factor? Is GRH indexed in PubMed Central or Medline?
As a brand-new journal, GRH 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 apply for indexing in these databases. When accepted, indexing will occur retroactively. Similarly, when application criteria are met, GRH will apply for an Impact Factor.

Does GRH have clear editorial and ethical policies?

Yes, GRH is a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics and adheres to their guidelines. More details on GRH's editorial and ethical policies can be found in the Author Instructions.