Open Access

Best Practice Policies

The Dougmar Publishing Group is a fee-based Open Access publisher whereby authors pay an APC (Article Processing Charge) for articles that are accepted for publication (after a rigorous peer review process). These fees differ from journal to journal. Please see individual titles for actual price.

The Editor-in-Chief of the respective journal first considers all articles submitted, to it to ensure the content is suitable and aligns with the journals focus and scope. Once reviewed, the Editor elects to either move the article through to the peer review process or rejects the article, based on quality and the editorial contribution the article provides the reader.  Once the Editor feels an article meets the publishing criteria of the Journal, the article will move on to peer review.  All peer review is double blind. Reviewers can elect to reject the article, accept the article with changes, or accept the article as is.  Reviewer comments are shared with the author and once the author has made any suggested changes to the article, the Editor gives final approval for publication. At this point the author is then charged the APC.  Please see peer review process for more details.​

Archiving Through Portico

DPG is proud to partner with Portico, a digital preservation service, to ensure all articles published are archived for future use. 

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Criteria for Publishing

Dougmar Publishing Group Open Access journals publish original research, select review articles, case-reports, conference abstracts, letters-to-the editor, book reviews, and special supplemental issues. All content must be accepted by the Editor-in-Chief and is subject to plagiarism-checking and the peer review process.


All articles published in Dougmar Publishing Group Open Access journals are licensed under Copyright Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Copyright of articles published in all DPG titles is retained by the author. The author grants Dougmar the rights to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. The author grants Dougmar exclusive commercial rights to the article. The author grants any non-commercial third party the rights to use the article freely provided original author(s) and citation details are cited.

Peer Review and Editorial Control

​The Managing Editor for each journal fists completes an initial in-house quality control check considering issues such as competing interests, financial disclosures, plagiarism, etc. Submissions may be returned to authors for queries, and will not be seen by our Editor, Editorial Board or peer reviewers until they pass this quality control check.

After the quality control check, the Editor of the journal considers the article, and decides if the article is accepted for peer review or rejected.  In some cases, where an article is submitted in English, by an author not fluent in English, the article may be sent back with the recommendations to have the article edited for English, and resubmitted.

Once an article has been accepted, it will be sent to a selected editorial board member, based on experience and expertise.  The Editorial Board member will then either act as one of two peer reviewers, or will select two peer reviewers to review the article.  Reviews are double blind.

Questions, comments, and suggestions from peer reviewers will be submitted to the Editor for consideration, after which the article and peer review remarks will be sent to the author.

Once the peer reviewer, Editorial Board member, and Editor are satisfied with the author's changes, the article will be published.

In the event the Editor of the journal submits an article, this article will be sent by the Managing Editor to either an Associate Editor (if in-place) or Editorial board member.  The article would be blinded and the Associate Editor or Editorial Board member would consider the article related to relevance, focus and scope.  At this point the Associate Editor or Editor can elect to move the article to peer review or reject.  If the article is moved to peer review, it will go through the same double blind review process as all articles.

It is our goal to have accepted articles published within 45 days, depending on the level of response from the authors.

Articles are published in both a web version and PDF format.