OA Publishing London has adopted the Ethical Rules of Disclosure of the Association for Medical Ethics for all its journals.
After consultation with our chief scientific and clinical advisors OA Publishing London has taken the unilateral action of becoming the first global publishing house to help address the perceived lack of disclosure in medicine. It is suggested that the precise amounts of money from industry received by those influencing medicine by their research and opinions are infrequently and incompletely revealed. It is felt that those holding certain positions in medicine should be expected to have limited or no financial interests. There is a paucity of explicit transparency which is strongly warranted for the sake of patient care and which should be held as the highest single priority.
We agree that:-
1. Biomedicine depends upon eliminating confounding factors/ bias.
2. It is recognised from research into unconscious and conscious persuasion that financial associations and financial inducements present incontrovertibly compelling interests that may result in unintentional bias, and potentially intentional bias.
3. The latent perception that bias could have occurred may damage the integrity of science and medicine even when there has been no confounding bias but a financial conflict has occurred.
4. Due to the real or apparent risks of bias, financial transparency regarding interests is critical for clinicians and scientists, for the public and policy makers to weigh the true validity of research findings, policy decisions, and practice guidelines developed by professional medical societies.
5. Scientists and clinicians, editorial board members, and medical society officers are viewed as a source of unbiased scientific data and education. They should have no substantive financial interest that creates unacceptable conflicts.
6. All clinicians and scientists should publicly disclose in our publications and presentations the precise nature and amount of any financial conflicting interests. Such disclosure will enhance the validity of a manuscript.
OA Publishing London will not obtain article processing charges from submitting authors who belong to institutions in countries classified as low income, lower middle income and upper middle income according to the World Bank Country Classification. OA Publishing London will obtain administration charges from submitting authors who belong to institutions in countries classified as upper middle income according to the World Bank Country Classification. The administration charges are £12/€15/$20. These charges are expected to be paid prior to the publication of the article.
OA Publishing London will obtain article processing charges from submitting authors who belong to institutions in countries classified as high income according to the World Bank Country Classification. The article processing charges varies from £100/€125/$162 to £750/€925/$1200. These charges are expected to be paid prior to the publication of the article. The article processing charges per journal can be found here.
The article processing charges doesn’t include any taxes. Authors based in European institutes (including the UK) will be asked to pay the Value-Added Tax (VAT, 20% according to European Laws). The VAT may be refundable. Except for the UK, providing us with a VAT registration number will allow the institute to avoid paying this Tax.
Full list of the countries, level of income and information on the article processing charges are provided here.
OA Publishing London may on an individual basis provide APC waivers in cases of need. Submissions from members of OA Publishing London will already have their processing charges covered entirely or partially by their host organisation. We recommend that authors check whether their organisation is a member and if necessary direct their librarians to our membership page.
For waivers and support, please email: Editor@oapublishinglondon.com.