Best Practice Policies
DPG is a fee-based Open Access publisher and 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 reviews all articles submitted to it to ensure the content is suitable for the journal. Once reviewed, the Editor elects to either move the article through to the peer review process or reject articles, based on quality and the editorial contribution the article provides the journal. Once the Editor feel an article meets the publishing criteria of the Journal, the article will move on for 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
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Criteria for Publishing
DPG 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 DPG 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 DPG the rights to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. The author grants DPG 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
An initial in-house quality control check deals with issues such as competing interests, financial disclosures, plagiarism, etc. Submissions may be returned to authors for queries, and will not be seen by our Editorial Board or peer reviewers until they pass this quality control check.
After the quality control check, the Editor of the journal reviews the article, and decides if the article is accepted for 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.
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.