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Article processing charges (APC)

All articles published in The Heart Matrix are Open Access and freely available online. To cover the cost for providing our high-quality publishing service and free access to readers, an article processing charge (APC) of Eur 1200 applies to papers accepted after peer review. The APC covers provision of online tools for editors and authors, article production and hosting, liaison with abstracting and indexing services, customer services, etc.
 
The article processing charges will be waived in the following settings according to our waiver policy: 

APC Waiver Policy*

All invited articles

none

All articles submitted from presentation in RHICS Expert Forum

none

Articles submitted by members of the RHICS

600€

Discount based on author’s economic situation

600€

* Please specify in the cover letter that your submission falls within this category and provide a short explanation if necessary.

NOTE: The APC policy is subject to change if circumstances may require. Waiver decisions provided by the editor and editorial office are considered final.

* Specification regarding the APC waiver policy:
 
1. All invited articles are free of charge
This includes invited articles for ‘Expert Issues’ under the guidance of our Guest Editors.
 
2. All articles submitted from
presentations in any RHICS Expert Forum are free of charge

    
The Heart Matrix offers APC waivers to papers presented in any RHICS Expert Forum. Authors should state in the cover letter that the submission should be considered in this category. Requests made during the review process or after acceptance will not be considered. To request a waiver, please contact editor@theheartmatrix.de The decision will be based on internal and external review of the paper. 
 
3. Articles submitted by members of the RHICS
The Heart Matrix offers 50% discounts to papers submitted by members of the RHICS. Authors should state in the cover letter that the submission should be considered in this category. Requests made during the review process or after acceptance will not be considered. To request a waiver, please contact editor@theheartmatrix.de The decision will be based on internal and external review of the paper.
 
4. Waiver based on economic situation
The Heart Matrix offers 50% discounts of the APC to authors who cannot afford the full APC based on their financial situation. This includes corresponding authors from countries commonly classified as lower income countries. (Please refer to e.g. the World Bank classification of low-income and low-middle income economies:
 
(https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups)
 
Please request the waiver or discount at the time of submission. Requests made during the review process or after acceptance will not be considered. To request a waiver please contact editor@theheartmeatrix.de

The editorial office will provide a final decision about the waiver with the first decision letter after the first round of review.