Open access journal

Heliyon is a fully open access journal. Once published, your article will be immediately and permanently available for readers to read, download, and share. Readers will be able to access your article freely on both and ScienceDirect.

The article publishing charge (APC) that authors, their institutions or funding bodies pay, covers all expenses needed to support the publication process. The APC to publish a paper in Heliyon is $1,250 (plus VAT and local taxes where applicable).

If you or your institution can't afford the APC, we'll consider your request to waive the fee. We do this on a case-by-case basis, and we may be able to grant waivers in some instances. If you're from a country that's eligible for the Research4Life program, we'll give your application priority. Please make any requests to waive the APC upon the submission of your paper to Heliyon.

Copyright and licenses
You decide how readers distribute and copy your work through a choice of two Creative Commons licenses. We provide authors with a choice of publishing under the Creative Commons licenses CC-BY and CC-BY-NC-ND:

Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0)
This license allows readers to distribute and copy your article as long as they credit you (with the DOI link to the publication). They can create extracts, abstracts and different versions, such as translations. Under this license, readers can also include your article in a collective work, and mine the text and data - including for commercial purposes. All of these uses are possible, as long as they don't claim that you endorse their adaptation, and don't damage your reputation.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0)
This license allows readers to distribute and copy your article, as long as it is not done for commercial purposes. Under this license, readers cannot change or edit your article for distribution in any way. They are able to distribute and copy your article as long as they give appropriate credit (with the DOI link to the publication), provide a link to the license, and don't claim that you endorse their adaptation of your work. Under this license, readers are also able to mine the text and data.

If you do not indicate a preference when prompted by our editorial team, the default license will be CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Funding body agreements
As a Heliyon author, you'll be complying with your funding body's requirements, and may be eligible to get your APC refunded by your funding body. Visit Elsevier's Funding Body Agreements list for details about agreements and arrangements.

Author Rights
For open access publishing this journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will retain copyright alongside scholarly usage rights and Elsevier will be granted publishing and distribution rights.

Publishing Schedule
Heliyon is a daily publication; content is made available without delay.

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