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 41981 articles have already been published with SCIRP
Where and How is SCIRP
Scientific Research Publishing Inc. is a registered corporation in the 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.
Principal Place of Business: Building 5, Headquarters Space of Optical Valley, Tangxun Lake North Road #38, East Lake High-Tech Development Zone, Wuhan 430223, Hubei Province, China.
For ease of communication: Scientific Research Publishing Inc., P. O. BOX 54821, Irvine CA 92619-4821, USA.
SCIRP was founded by Professor Huaibei Zhou and a few other scholars.
The Advisory Board Chairman of Scientific Research Publishing Inc. is Professor Kuo-Chen Chou. Please read more about the Advisory Board of SCIRP and its members.
Why is SCIRP located
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 who have US or European
passports, but do all their business in China, which will enable them to minimize
both their expense of living and routine operation and thereby maximize their
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 that has an international outreach (like OA publishing),
it is 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
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, in so doing, offer OA at a
very competitive 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 does request 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, worldwide,
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
• Rigorous peer review of research papers
• Prompt faster publication with less cost
• Guaranteed targeted, multidisciplinary audience
Please find an introduction to the Open Access movement, the advantages of publishing through Open Access, and suggested further reading on SCIRP's Open Access Page.
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 Statement on Open Access.
How Open is SCIRP
on the "Open Access Spectrum"?
SCIRP has signed the Budapest Open Access Initiative and shows its “openness”
clearly in the standardized form on the Open Access Spectrum (which is supported by SPARC and OASPA).
Open Access embraces 6 core components related to: 1.) Reader Rights, 2.) Reuse
Rights, 3.) Copyrights, 4.) Author Posting Rights, 5.) Automatic Posting,
and 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
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 © 2014 by author(s) and Scientific
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3.) SCIRP asks authors to grant SCIRP a nonexclusive copyright. In this way,
authors continue to hold the copyright with no restrictions. This makes SCIRP a
fully open publisher in this component also.
4.) Only the authors hold the 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 that 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 Machine Readable as possible with current
technology. SCIRP provides metadata for all articles to the DOAJ, who will then
make the metadata OAI compliant.
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, or 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
The submitted manuscript should not have been previously published in any form and
must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Organization of Boards
All board members receive an Appointment Letter and are expected to return a signed copy. All members of the SCIRP Advisory Board and all Editors-in-Chief of a journal are appointed by the President of SCIRP. Other members of the Editorial Board are appointed by the Editor-in-Chief of that journal. Guest Editors for Special Issues are appointed via e-mail. The Appointment Letter details rights and responsibilities. SCIRP uses Appointment Letters for Editorial Board members already since 2010. Appointment Letters have been improved and extended over the years. Given here are the latest versions. Privileges increased with time. SCIRP grants the same high privileges to all Editorial Board members as detailed below.
The Editorial Assistant will help to solve any open questions that may arise in running the journal. The Editor-in-Chief will send his/her complaints to the Director or President of SCIRP. Editorial Board members should discuss their complaints first with the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. If Editorial Board members can not work out a solution together with their Editor-in-Chief they may also send their complaints directly to SCIRP’s Director.
SCIRP's Preservation Strategy / Archiving
For readers and authors alike, it is important that journal papers remain available with a high probability. Two preservation time frames have to be distinguished:
Short to medium term preservation strategy is understood as a publisher's in-house activity. There are two aspects:
• Backup: SCIRP performs a real-time backup in multiple locations.
• Access System Redundancy: At SCIRP access is possible via more than one server. This ensures that there is little interruption and services are available with high reliability.
Long term preservation strategy is understood as a protection against discontinuation of the publisher as a whole, single journals, or single back issues. This can be due to business interruption or failure (bankruptcy, insolvency), some kind of catastrophic failure, technical failure, or natural disaster. Preservation services are offered by various organizations and national libraries. Many of these offers are not suitable to SCIRP’s needs.
SCIRP decided to archive all journal papers with Portico. Details are shown on SCIRP's Page at Portico. Portico maintains a dark archive for SCIRP. A dark archive is normally not visible. The archive will become available open access on Portico’s site only when a trigger event occurs:
(A) The publisher is no longer in business.
(B) One title is no longer offered.
(C) Back issues are not available for a period longer than 90 days.
(D) Catastrophic failure: The publisher has stopped providing online access to its publication for a period longer than 90 days.
For triggered content the Document Identifier (DOI) will link to the content now available on Portico’s site.
Migration: Portico converts the original source files of electronic journals to an archival format. Portico assumes responsibility for future content conversion. In this way, it will be possible to read SCIRP’s journal articles also in the future no matter what format future technologies might require.
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) conducted a preservation audit of Portico in 2009 and certified Portico as a trustworthy digital repository.
In summary, authors can be assured that their effort of writing a journal paper will not be in vain and the paper will be available for generations to come. Readers can be assured an article will be provided when calling the persistent link to the paper also in the future.
SCIRP Retraction Policy
SCIRP recognizes the importance of the integrity and completeness of the scholarly
record. The historic record of published research articles shall remain available
and unaltered as far as possible. However, circumstances may arise where a paper
got published based on misconduct or honest error. It may become necessary to correct
the scholarly record in the most appropriate form:
• Expression of Concern
• Correction (Erratum or Corrigendum)
Guiding principles for these measures are COPE's Retraction Guidelines and other accepted scholarly
principles. The responsibility of correcting the records is with the editor of the
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articles, review articles, case reports and short communications, in all areas of
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Formal complaints are handled in a systematic way. They have to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The person making the complaint must be willing to be identified to SCIRP and supply a valid contact email address. The complainant must be as specific as possible and provide as much objective evidence as available.
Receipt of a complaint is recorded and acknowledged timely by email@example.com. Complaints not fulfilling requirements are rejected without detailed investigation. Accepted complaints related to a journal are forwarded to the journal Editorial Office. The Editorial Assistant will investigate the circumstances and will contact SCIRP's Director as well as the Editor-in-Chief or Editorial Board members for information and judgment. The Editorial Assistant follows the status and keeps in touch with all relevant people. The complainant is informed about the progress. The complainant is notified by the Editorial Assistant of the decision and given the opportunity to appeal.
Newly provided evidence is taken into account. The case will be reevaluated and handled by SCIRP's Director, the Editor-in-Chief or an Editorial Board member directly. The complainant is notified about the reevaluated decision which is final.
Accepted general complaints not related specific to one of SCIRP's journals are forwarded to the Assistant of SCIRP's Director. The complaints procedure is otherwise similar.
The "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing" demand with Principle 13 that journals shall state their advertising policy if relevant. This is not much relevant to SCIRP, because SCIRP is not using ads on its general or journal related web pages with maybe one exception.
Each journal has an area on the lower right of the screen with a heading “Sponsors, Associates, and Links >>”. The place is used often to link to conferences most of which are organized by SCIRP. Associates to the journal do not have to pay for links and/or logos put online, but SCIRP likes to see these other organizations link back to SCIRP. This is important to show that SCIRP is not exploiting other organization’s reputation, but working on mutual consent. Entries are fixed and hence do not depend on reader behavior.
Entries are made in consent between senior staff of the publisher and the Editor-in-Chief (or Editorial Board member if no Editor-in-Chief exists) of the journal.