The Journal of Philosophical Criticism (JPC) recognizes that exceptional circumstances may present barriers to publication for some authors. To ensure equitable access, the JPC offers limited waivers for article processing charges (APCs) for eligible authors. This policy outlines the criteria for waiver eligibility and the application process.
1. Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for a waiver, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
- Financial hardship: Applicants must demonstrate significant financial hardship that would make paying the APC a substantial burden. This could include, but is not limited to, lack of institutional support, limited personal resources, or unexpected financial emergencies.
- Merit of the submission: The submitted manuscript must be of high academic quality, judged to be a significant contribution to the field of philosophy, and deemed appropriate for publication in the JPC.
- Citizenship of a low-income country: Applicants who are citizens of a country classified by the World Bank as low-income or lower-middle income are automatically eligible for a waiver.
- First-time author: Applicants who have not previously published in a peer-reviewed academic journal are given higher consideration.
2. Application Process:
Applicants should submit a waiver request along with their manuscript. The request should include the following information:
- A brief statement explaining the applicant's financial hardship and why paying the APC would be a burden. This statement should be accompanied by supporting documentation, such as a letter from a financial advisor or proof of income.
- A justification for why the manuscript is a significant contribution to the field of philosophy and appropriate for publication in the JPC.
- Confirmation of citizenship in a low-income country (if applicable).
- Confirmation of first-time author status (if applicable).
3. Evaluation Process:
Waiver requests will be reviewed by the JPC editorial board on a case-by-case basis. The board will consider the applicant's financial hardship, the merit of the manuscript, and the overall availability of waiver funds. Applicants will be notified of the board's decision within 4-6 weeks of submitting their request.
4. Scope of Waivers:
Waivers will cover the full APC for accepted manuscripts. However, authors are still responsible for any other publication costs, such as page charges for exceeding page limits.