Open access (OA) is a recent and preferred advancement in the publication industry whereby peer reviewed research and manuscript contents are made freely available for public use over the Internet almost immediately after being accepted for publication. OA gives quick exposure of scholarly research to the scientific community where one can use it any number of times for free after citing the author. Thus, in OA journals author(s) are the sole owners of the copyright to the article.
USG is committed to convey the authors a strong understanding of their rights and responsibilities. Our expert editorial policies helps authors to understand open licenses, and allows authors to easily comply with the open access requirements of their corresponding institution, government and funding body.
Authors of the accepted manuscripts will be given an option to choose the license for open access under which they wish to publish their work, that is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) license or Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC 4.0) license. In place of a copyright transfer, authors are asked to sign an exclusive open access publishing agreement with USG. Selecting a desired Creative Commons usage license enables authors to define how the article may be used by the general public.