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AZojono - Journal of Nanotechnology Online


What is the "AZo" publishing model?
Why are the operators of www.azonano.com providing this facility?
How do the "AZo" publishing model & the revenue sharing arrangements operate?
How much will authors and peer reviewers receive?
Where will the content reside?
Will a separate "Journal" website be set up?
How will the content be searchable?
Where do authors stand on copyright?
Can I receive a monthly e-mail newsletter telling me about the latest papers?
How will I be able to reference papers?
Can I also use the published work on my own website?
Who are the founding editors?
Will you add other founding editors?
What will be the role of the founding editors?
The revenue distribution model may favour "populist" general articles, isn't this a negative?
When is the journal going to launch?
How do I submit a paper or article?
What Subject areas will the journal cover?
Will the payment of authors "taint" the scientific purity of the publication?
Will I be able to see the popularity of specific articles?
How will you prevent repeated clicking of articles?
Will site visitors have to subscribe or log-in to view the articles in the journal?
Is there any protection on the intellectual property relating to this model?
Who are the site operators?


What is the "OARS" publishing model?

  • Authors contribute a paper.
  • The paper is peer reviewed by a qualified editorial panel.
  • The paper is published on-line
  • The publication is 100% free to access on a global basis.
  • The authors and peer reviewers then receive a percentage of the revenue attributable to the publication.

OARS - Open Access Rewards System

 

 


Why are the operators of www.azonano.com providing this facility?

There are several reasons:

  • We think it's the right thing to do to encourage true open access to nanotech science.
  • We believe an open access publishing model with financial rewards for authors without any author publishing costs is a significant improvement on existing scientific publishing models.
  • We believe this model will encourage the rapid publication and dissemination of the latest scientific ideas.
  • It will make access to new scientific research much wider, much easier and more inclusive.
  • It will hugely broaden the readership of nanotechnology articles; and lead to faster technology transfer.
  • The success of AZoNano.com means that we have already captured a large global audience interested in nanotechnology.
  • It will enable bright scientists to be rewarded for their efforts, and may be highly motivational to young researchers especially.

How do the "AZo" publishing model & the revenue sharing arrangements operate?

Author and peer reviewers receive financial rewards based on the following assumptions:

  • The published paper benefits from "indirect" general advertising as a consequence of publication on www.azonano.com e.g. site sponsorships, conference & exhibition promotions and features.
  • The published paper is also anticipated to attract "direct" advertising e.g. a paper or article on microscopy techniques would be of interest to microscope manufacturers who may wish to list their services alongside the related paper or article.
  • The revenue received from this journal related direct and indirect advertising is then distributed according to the following general criteria:
    1. The popularity of the paper in relation to the other publications in the journal. The more popular the paper the more pro-rata revenue share it receives.
    2. Authors receive a revenue share of 50% of the direct revenue and the relevant indirect revenue.
    3. Peer reviewers receive a revenue share of 20% of the direct revenue and relevant indirect revenue.
    4. The site administrators receive 30% of the direct revenue and relevant indirect revenue.
    5. This revenue share will apply for a period of 3 years from the date of publication of the individual article or paper.
    6. Author and peer reviewer payments are scheduled for 12 monthly intervals.

As can be seen from the mechanism described above, authors, peer reviewers and the site administrator all receive what we believe is a fair and equitable distribution of the revenues received, whilst at the same time allowing global open access to quality nanotech science.


How much will authors and peer reviewers receive?

Although we have set out above the mechanisms relating to the distribution of revenues, the ultimate amounts payable obviously depend on the amount of revenue the journal papers attract (both indirect and direct advertising revenue).

The revenue received depends on popularity of the journal and the site.

The worst case scenario is that we, as operators of AZoNano.com, will subsidise the journal, whilst the authors and peer reviewers receive only minimal rewards. However, the published works will still be freely available to a very large audience, which is a big improvement on existing publishing options.


Where will the content reside?

The content will reside in a digital format on the AZoNano.com servers.


Will a separate "Journal" website be set up?

No. We see no need to do this. Hosting the "journal" papers as an integral part of the existing AZoNano.com portal makes a lot of sense as it will expose the publications to a large audience from day one. We will however be adding an additional "journal" search field so that researchers can search only "journal" articles as opposed to general or news articles.


How will the content be searchable?

All the content will be keyworded and indexed by the peer reviewers and editors as per the existing AZoNano.com content. This means the content will be "searchable" and "browsable" via several routes. For example: searches on Keywords, Materials , Applications, and Industries.

The unique site architecture which has been designed to be search engine friendly also enables papers published on the AZoNano Journal to be indexed and found by the likes of Google. This provides yet another mechanism for authors and institutions to disseminate and publicise their findings and achievements.


Where do authors stand on copyright?

The authors retain the copyright but grant the legal owners and operators of the AZoNano.com website and Journal a royalty-free, perpetual license to display their work, plus exclusive publication rights for 12 months from the date of publication. The authors must also accept that their content may be distributed and copied by third parties provided it is for legitimate study and not for re-sale.


Can I receive a monthly e-mail newsletter telling me about the latest papers?

Yes. All site visitors will be able to subscribe to a monthly newsletter, MyAZoNano where site visitors will be able to select their subject areas of interest.


How will I be able to reference papers?

All journal papers will contain a unique Digital Object Identifier, both within the paper and the related URL. This will ensure the longevity of the identification system.


Can I also use the published work on my own website?

Yes, authors may post copies on their personal or institution/company web sites.  


Who are the founding editors?

Please visit the founding editors page.


Will you add other founding editors?

Additional editors will be added when the workload demands such an action. The recruitment of new editors will be subject to the approval of a majority of the current founding editors.  


What will be the role of the founding editors?

Primarily, to ensure the highest standards of scientific publishing; and also edit, validate, and propose keywords for the papers received for publication .  


The revenue distribution model may favour "populist" general articles, isn't this a negative?

It may be the case that "review" or "generalist" articles and papers are attractive to authors who wish to maximise their earning potential. However, although the subject areas may be broad, it is the responsibility of the editors to ensure the scientific quality of all the papers and articles approved for publication and to ensure there is not substantial duplication in the journal content.


How do I submit a paper or article?

Send your paper in word.doc form with both included and separate individual images/diagrams to journal@azonano.com. We are not restrictive in terms of guidelines for authors as we encourage both long and short communications, review articles and multimedia offerings. Our primary principle is that the article or paper should be of high quality and of benefit to the body of knowledge on Nanotechnology Science, the social implications of Nanotechnology and the Applications of Nanotechnology.

If you would like to submit a paper or article, please use this word document template.


What Subject areas will the journal cover?

It is anticipated that the journal will cover all areas of Nanotechnology, from social and ethical issues through to the applications of Nanotechnology and in-depth Nanotech Science. Unlike printed publications we do not have to be restrictive with regards to the subject areas the journal will cover. 


Will the payment of authors "taint" the scientific purity of the publication?

We don't believe this to be the case. Authors can request that their earnings are paid to their Institutions if they wish.  


Will I be able to see the popularity of specific articles?

Yes. We will publish the page view popularity of all published works. 


How will you prevent repeated clicking of articles?

We have technology available to monitor and disallow such fraudulent activity.


Will site visitors have to subscribe or log-in to view the articles in the journal?

No, access to all content on AZoNano will be free, consistent with true open access publishing. 


Is there any protection on the intellectual property relating to this model?

Yes. AZoM.com Pty. Ltd. has filed international patent applications to cover the software, platform and business method algorithms outlined in general terms above.


Who are the site operators?  

The site is operated under a joint collaboration agreement by AZoM.com Pty. Ltd. Contact details are provided below:

Dr. Ian Birkby
CEO
AZoM.com Pty. Ltd.
journal@azonano.com
Tel: +61 2 9999 0070