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Open Access

Civic Sociology is an Open Access journal, sustained by low Article Processing Charges (APCs). Open Access means that all articles are freely and openly available, and liberally reusable, immediately upon publication. Additionally, it means that:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work


If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $600.00 USD to cover publications costs. These can normally be sourced from your funding body, grant, or institution. This fee covers all publication costs in perpetuity (editorial processes; web hosting; indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration etc.) and ensures that all of the content is fully open access. This approach maximizes the potential readership of publications and allows the journal to be run in a sustainable way.

Many academic and research institutions are now making funds available to support open access publications by their faculty and staff. Please see this useful list of institutions from our friends at the Public Library of Science

If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and/or institutional library, as funds may be available to you.

If published, you will receive an APC request email along with information on how payment can be arranged. If you need to waive the APC, you will also have an opportunity to do it then.


If you do not have funds available to pay such fees then we can offer a full waiver to authors whose institutions/funders are unable to cover the fee. Please contact us should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general. However the official moment to request a waiver is when you are contacted about the APC, if your article is accepted.

Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.

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