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As an open access journal with no subscription charges, a fee is payable by the author or research funder to cover the costs associated with publication. This ensures your article will be immediately and permanently free to access by everyone. The gold open access publication fee for this journal is USD 2200 for Full Length Articles and Systematic Reviews, and USD 700 for full length Case Reports, excluding taxes. Letters to the Editor and Correspondence are free of charge.Prices are summarized in the following table:
|Type of article||Max. number|
|Max. number of|
tables & figures
|Full Length Articles||5000||6||USD 2,200|
|Short Communications||1400||2||USD 700|
|Letter to the Editor, Correspondence||1000||1||0|
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