Zendo Academic Publishing Journals (ZAP Journals) is committed to the principles of open access, which promote the widespread dissemination of scholarly knowledge, fostering a global academic community where research is accessible to all. We believe that open access enhances the visibility, impact, and societal benefit of research. This Open Access Statement reflects our dedication to open access publishing.

2. Definitions

  • Open Access: Open access refers to the immediate, unrestricted online availability of scholarly research articles, allowing anyone with internet access to read, download, copy, distribute, and use the content for non-commercial purposes without financial, legal, or technical barriers.

3. Open Access Models

ZAP Journals employs the following open access models:

3.1. Gold Open Access:

  • All research articles and scholarly content published in ZAP Journals are freely accessible to the public upon publication.
  • Authors retain copyright, and articles are typically published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license, allowing for maximum reuse and dissemination.

3.2. Hybrid Open Access:

  • Some journals may offer a hybrid model, where authors have the option to make their articles open access by paying an article processing charge (APC). Non-open access content remains available to subscribers.

4. Archiving and Preservation

ZAP Journals ensures the long-term archiving and preservation of all published open access content. We collaborate with recognized digital archiving services and maintain in-house digital archives to safeguard research articles for future generations.

5. Author Rights and Responsibilities

Authors publishing in ZAP Journals retain copyright to their work. They grant ZAP Journals the right to publish their articles while allowing for maximum reuse and dissemination, in line with the chosen open access license.

6. Funding and Support

ZAP Journals may provide financial support to authors who face financial constraints to cover open access publication charges. Our commitment to open access extends to making research available regardless of financial barriers.

7. Ethical Considerations

ZAP Journals follows rigorous ethical standards in open access publishing, including addressing issues related to plagiarism, authorship, and conflicts of interest, in line with industry best practices.

8. Sustainability and Accessibility

We strive to make open access sustainable by balancing the need for financial support with our commitment to affordability and accessibility. We continually explore innovative ways to reduce publishing costs while maintaining high-quality standards.

9. Open Access Awareness

ZAP Journals actively promotes open access principles and practices within the global academic community, collaborating with institutions, organizations, and researchers to advance open access initiatives.

10. Feedback and Improvement

We value feedback from authors, readers, and the academic community regarding our open access policies and practices. Feedback helps us improve and adapt to the evolving needs of the scholarly publishing landscape.