Open Access Policy


IJCSS believes strongly that unrestricted public access to research findings is a crucial part of upholding the values of academic publications and therefore it follows the Open Access Policy. This polocy allows for broader dissemination of knowledge and ultimately promotes research advancement, crucial to our mission.

All articles published by IJCSS will adopt the following policy:

Each author grants to the International Journal of Complex Systems in Science (IJCSS) nonexclusive permission to make available his or her articles and to exercise the copyright in those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. In legal terms, each author grants to IJCSS a nonexclusive, irrevocable worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each of his or her articles, in any medium, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. Anyway, the authors of articles published in IJCSS are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article.

Open access publishing makes articles published in a journal freely and permanently available online. Open access journals operate in the same way as traditional journals, including stringent and thorough peer-review. Articles are freely available and can be redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed. Open access has gained tremendous support from both authors, who appreciate the increased visibility of their articles, as well as science institutions and funders, who value the societal impact of freely available research results.

  • More than 80 institutions and 40 funders all over the world have made open access to publications mandatory. Many more institutions have signed open access initiatives, such as the Berlin declaration which is endorsed by more than 270 leading research organizations and universities worldwide.

  • The Directory of Open Access Journals currently lists more than 4,700 open access journals, a number that has doubled in the last three years. Twenty-two percent of these journals are already indexed by ISI, a share which will increase further as journals mature. Open access publishers such as Hindawi report that their numbers of submitted and published articles doubled within two years.

  • Some of the world's most prominent scientists have supported open access from the beginning. Most recently, 41 Nobel laureates have expressed their support, emphasizing the need for public access.

What are the benefits of publishing in an open access journal?


  • Freely available articles: Research published in open access journals are freely available online to anyone, which maximizes the visibility, and thus the uptake and use of articles.

  • Authors retain copyright: Articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License and can be reused and redistributed as long as they are correctly attributed.

  • High quality and rigorous peer review: Open access journals run through a thorough electronic peer-review process the same way traditional journals do.

  • Rapid publication: An easy to use online submission and efficient production process enable the immediate publication on acceptance.

  • Compliance with funders' open access mandates: Articles can comply with open access mandates in the fastest and easiest way. Final articles can be deposited into bibliographic databases and institutional repositories without any embargo periods.

  • Citation tracking and inclusion in bibliographic databases: Open access journals can be tracked for impact factors and included in bibliographic databases just as traditional journals.