Terms and Conditions of the JBBA Article Processing Charges (APC)
If your article is accepted for publication in the Journal of The British Blockchain Association, we will ask you to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC) of £685. For full details about the APC and our waiver policies, please visit the ‘About’ section of the journal:
The APC covers the cost of administration, copy editing, formatting, layout, online hosting, archiving, digital object identifier, journal marketing, designing, print publication and print distribution. Article processing charges will enable full, immediate, and continued open access for all work published in the JBBA. This allows unrestricted access; to authors, through the widest possible dissemination of their work; and to the blockchain community in general, through facilitation of information availability and scientific advancement of distributed ledger technologies and allied disciplines. The APC also includes provision of online tools for editors and authors, article production and hosting, liaison with abstracting and indexing services, and customer services. The APC, payable when your manuscript is editorially accepted and before publication, is charged to either you, or your funder, institution or employer.
We acknowledge that some authors may be suffering from financial hardships making it difficult for them to pay the APC. The JBBA offers a full waiver to authors in exceptional circumstances, on request. No payment information is requested before an article is reviewed and accepted, so the ability to pay does not affect the editorial decisions at the JBBA. If you believe your request for an APC waiver should be considered on the grounds of exceptional financial circumstances, please write to the Managing Editor explaining your grounds for the request. All such applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Editorial Board.
We offer full APC waiver to authors that permanently reside in the following low-income countries:
Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep., Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
APC is waived for full-time students pursuing a postgraduate degree from a recognised institution/ university in one of the following countries:
Guyana, Republic of Moldova ,Angola, Haiti , Rwanda, Bangladesh, Honduras, Samoa, Belize, Iraq, Sao Tome and Principe, Benin, Kiribati, Senegal, Bhutan, Kiribati, Seychelles, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Lao People’s Democratic Republic , Solomon Islands, Burundi, Lesotho, Somalia, Cabo Verde, Liberia, Cambodia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Malawi, St. Helena, Central African Republic , Malawi, Sudan, Chad, Mali, Suriname, Comoros, Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Comoros, Marshall Islands, Swaziland, Congo, Mauritania, Tajikistan, Cook Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Timor-Leste, Côte d’Ivoire, Mongolia, Togo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Morocco, Tokelau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Tonga, Djibouti, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, El Salvador, Namibia, Tuvalu, Equatorial Guinea, Nauru, Uganda, Eritrea, Nepal, United Republic of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Uzbekistan, Fiji, Niger, Vanuatu, Gabon, Nigeria, Vietnam, Gambia, Niue, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Ghana, Palau, Yemen, Guatemala, Papua New Guinea, Zambia, Guinea, Refugee Camps (UNHCR) Zimbabwe and Guinea-Bissau.
The corresponding author of the manuscript is responsible for making or arranging the APC upon editorial acceptance of the manuscript. Upon editorial acceptance of an article, the corresponding author will be notified that payment is due. You need to arrange payment unless a waiver has been granted. We are unable to publish accepted articles in the JBBA until payment has been received.
Payment can be made by any of the following methods:
Credit or Debit card – payment can be made online using a secure payment form as soon as the manuscript has been editorially accepted. We will we send a receipt by email once payment has been processed.
Invoice – payment is due within 14 days of the manuscript receiving editorial acceptance. Receipts are available on request.
PayPal – Payment can be made to the BBA PayPal account at the link //www.paypal.me/BritishBlockchain
Bank Wire Transfer: Please contact us for our bank details. We can also issue invoices should you wish your funder/ institutions to settle the payment on your behalf.
No taxes are included in this charge and a VAT is not added to the invoice. The BBA CLG Ltd is a not-for-profit academic organisation and does not meet the annual revenue threshold to register for a VAT in the UK, hence exempt from VAT.
APC refund policy
The JBBA will refund an article processing charge (APC) if an error on our part has resulted in a failure to publish an article under our open access terms and conditions. This may include the failure to make an article openly available on the journal platform, or publication of an article under a different Creative Commons licence from that of CC-BY. A refund will only be offered if these errors have not been corrected within 30 days of publication.
If you become aware of an error in the open access status or licensing of your article, please contact the Editorial Office immediately (firstname.lastname@example.org).
APCs will not be refunded when articles are retracted as a result of author error or misconduct.
JBBA Editorial Office:
The British Blockchain Association
Kemp House 152 – 160 City Road
London, United Kingdom