What is SCIRP?
Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) is one of the largest Open Access journal publishers. It is currently publishing more than 200 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. SCIRP serves the worldwide academic communities and contributes to the progress and application of science with its publication. More than 5000 professional editorial board members support our publishing activities, and 30587 articles have already been published with SCIRP (2013-12-31).
Where and How is SCIRP Registered?
Scientific Research Publishing Inc. is a registered corporation in the federal state of Delaware, USA. It was first registered on 2007-09-18. The registration was renewed on 2012-03-14 under file number 5124220.
The registration can be confirmed online: http://corp.delaware.gov/onlinestatus.shtml.
Place of Public Relation: Scientific Research Publishing Inc., P. O. BOX 54821, Irvine CA 92619-4821, USA.
Place of Customer Service: Building 5, Headquarters Space of Optical Valley, Tangxun Lake North Road #38, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan 430223, Hubei Province, China.
The Advisory Board Chairman of Scientific Research Publishing Inc. is Professor Kuo-Chen Chou.
The Editor-in-Chief of Scientific Research Publishing Inc. is Ilia Brondz PhD.
As a way to cut the cost, our operation office is located in China.
Why is SCIRP located in China?
We have to accept that we live in a globalized world. People of different nationalities travel for business and education and try to find optimum conditions.
a) We see many US or European companies that are run by people with US or European passport but do all their business in China, which will enable them to minimize their expense of both living and routine operation and thereby maximize their gain.
b) In this regard, people with Chinese background (e.g. Chinese Americans) have indisputable advantages in terms of language skills, cultural adaptation, and business network. If they start a company which has an international outreach (like OA publishing), it comes only natural for them to base the company in the US (because it has a marketing advantage) and base the production (in this case text production/editing ...) in China.
It looks like "the world" is more used to a) than to b) in spite of the fact that b) sometimes makes more sense, especially in this particular case. SCIRP is obviously a company of type b). As a registered corporation in the USA, it has in China everything that requires major expenses so as to cut costs and, so doing, offer OA at a very compatible price to the benefit of authors (some have to pay for themselves), research funding organizations, and/or OA funding schemes.
Delaware, USA offers very favorable conditions for corporation (Inc.) registrations. For example, the Delaware government does not require that the "principle place of business" be located within the USA. It requests the provision of a real address instead of a PO Box.
What SCIRP does is to seize the current global trade possibilities to ensure its legitimate freedom with regard to where to do what.
What is Open Access?
All original research papers published by SCIRP are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. To be able to provide open access journals, SCIRP defrays operation costs from authors and subscription charges only for its printed version. Open access publishing allows an immediate, world-wide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of research papers, which is in the best interests of the scientific community.
• High visibility for maximum global exposure with open access publishing model
• Rigorous peer review of research papers
• Prompt faster publication with less cost
• Guaranteed targeted, multidisciplinary audience
SCIRP is striving for membership in the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), adheres to its CODE OF CONDUCT, and follows its Membership Criteria and supports OASPA's Statment on open Access.
How Open is SCIRP on the "Open Access Spectrum"?
SCIRP supports the Budapest Open Access Initiative and shows its “openness” clearly in the standardized form on the Open Access Spectrum.
Open Access embraces 6 core components related to: 1.) Reader Rights, 2.) Reuse Rights, 3.) Copyrights, 4.) Author Posting Rights, 5.) Automatic Posting, 6.) Machine Readability.
SCIRP tries to be as open as practically possible on all 6 Open Access components:
1.) SCIRP is fully open on Reader Rights.
2.) Starting with 1st April 2013 SCIRP is fully open on Reuse Rights by granting a Creative Commons license Attribution (CC BY). As such all SCIRP journals have qualified for the SPARC Europe Seal for Open Access Journals. For authors who want to be more protective SCIRP offers only on special request the Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) as an alternative. Also this license fulfills OASPA Standards on Reuse Rights. Original copyright and reuse rights are indicated on the paper depending on the author-selected CC license as: "Copyright (c) 2014 by author(s) and Scientific Research Publishing Inc." together with icon or
3.) SCIRP asks authors to grant SCIRP a nonexclusive copyright. In this way authors continue to hold copyright with no restrictions. This makes SCIRP a fully open publisher also in this component.
4.) Only the authors hold copyright for their manuscripts before peer-review (“preprints”) and after peer-review (“postprints”). For this reason authors are allowed to post their raw manuscripts on any repository or website. SCIRP does not ask authors to waive this right. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication (after peer-review) authors grant SCIRP a nonexclusive copyright (see 3.). Based on this copyright SCIRP produces the final paper in SCIRP’s layout. This version is given to the public (and hence also back to the authors) under the Creative Commons license (see 2.). For this reason authors may also publish the final paper on any repository or website with a complete citation for the paper. When linking to their paper, authors should make use of the link that SCIRP has established with crossref.org. It is a pointer to the full text of the final paper. The URL provides a persistent link which will never break.
This link has the form http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/YourPaperNumber.
5.) Articles are made available online directly without any delay.
6.) SCIRP strives to make articles as much Machine Readable as possible with current technology. SCIRP is providing metadata for all articles to the DOAJ, who will then make the metadata OAI-compliant.
Publication Ethics Statement
SCIRP is committed to maintaining high standards through a rigorous peer-review together with strict ethical policies. Any infringements of professional ethical codes, such as plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, bogus claims of authorship, should be taken very seriously by the editors with zero tolerance.
SCIRP follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and follows the COPE Flowcharts for Resolving Cases of Suspected Misconduct.
The submitted manuscript should not have been previously published in any form and must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.