Frequently Asked Questions

On 1st January 2021 animal flipped from a subscription model to become a wholly Gold Open Access journal. ‘Flipping’ is a term to describe the change from one business model (subscription) to another business model (Open Access).

Open access is the route by which content is made freely available, as an online publication, under a Creative Commons licence, usually on payment of an article publishing charge (APC).

This is a journal article for which the author has agreed to permit perpetual, unrestricted online access, to readers, immediately upon publication of the final version of their article.

Gold open access is an alternative to subscriptions and other access payments. Content is published under a Creative Commons Licence.

It provides the highest level of visibility for published works and facilitates increased citation and further dissemination of the information, all of which aligns with the vision of animal to be the world’s most respected resource for animal sciences, increasing the diffusion of scientific results amongst the scientific community.

Also, expectations of the academic community and publishing trends are moving in the direction of free availability (no cost to the reader) of research findings, especially when funded by government entities.

Flipping animal to gold open access will strengthen its position as a highly influential publication in its field, and thus support its mission to better serve its communities.

Benefits to authors include:

  • Public access and engagement:
    Open Access democratises access across all institutions – regardless of size or budget. It means greater access for society at large and potentially greater engagement with research, thus accelerating the return on the public’s investment in research and advancing the scientific process. Open access can help professionals outside of academia who rely on research, such as R&D workers, industry, teachers and policy makers, benefit from access to the latest findings.
  • Impact of research:
    Publishing via Open Access means anyone anywhere in the world can read, use and cite the research, encouraging wider impact, collaboration and visibility of work.
  • Compliance with funder mandates:
    An increasing number of funding bodies require authors to publish under a (wholly) gold open access model.
  • Discoverability, dissemination and citation:
    As an author, you directly benefit from the open availability of your research to others. In turn the flip helps increase the journal’s competitiveness.

Yes, the author retains the copyright, the article is freely shareable worldwide when it is first published online. The author also retains all rights to patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights. The author keeps the right to decide how his article will be used, subject to the licence he selects. The author will be able to choose among the Creative Commons licenses, which define how readers and other users to use, copy and distribute (parts of) the article.

Elsevier presented the best overall proposal, offering the best package and support for editorial processes, strategic planning, ethical, financial and judicial issues. Elsevier also proposed the best systems for author support and for improving the efficiency of the review process. They are well positioned to support animal’s transition to OA, have considerable experience in transitioning journals from subscription models to OA and are highly committed to increasing the status of animal in the Animal Science publishing sector.

No, there is no page limit on Open Access articles.

Yes, authors will be charged an APC of 1400 Euros (2021).

An article publishing charge, also known as a publication fee, is a fee which is charged to authors to make a work available open access in an open access journal. This fee may be paid by the author, but in the majority of cases is paid by the author’s institution, or their research project or funder.

A growing number of research funding institutions and companies providing grants to scientists are now requesting Open Access to increase the availability of the research they choose to support financially. It is our belief, based on such trends, that funders will have allocated funds for such charges and you should ask them directly.

Yes, Elsevier operates waiver policies in line with other leading publishers. Elsevier grants 100% waivers to papers where all authors are based in Research4Life ‘Group A’ countries and 50% discount to those who are all based in ‘Group B’ countries. There is a 50% discount to a mix of authors from ‘Group A and Group B’

No, the OA articles will only incur the appropriate APC

All articles are Open Access so users will be able to access the full text instantly. 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 licence will be available on all article formats and listed in the article metadata.

Yes, Elsevier also uses Editorial Manager as a submission and peer-review system. We will keep you up to date if there are any changes to how we operate.

There will be no significant changes to the presentation of manuscripts. The Editorial Office or Publisher will advise you of any changes that do occur.

No, initially there are no major editorial process changes in the peer-review process, though current improvements are being made to facilitate bringing journal articles to press more quickly. All submissions will remain subject to the same high peer-review and ethics standards as applied prior to the flip.

Beyond a natural increase in awareness, discoverability, dissemination and citation, the journal and its publisher will work with authors to provide the appropriate tools and support to fully exploit the value in your published research. Your article will benefit from Elsevier’s regular marketing support including a range of activities such as: social media, conferences, and email.