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Frequently Asked Questions
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Non-members can obtain a JFS Digital Subscription through our publisher, Wiley. JFS subscription options for non-members can be accessed here.
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There are no fees to publish an article in JFS. However, for authors who would like to have their article freely available to everyone, including those who don't subscribe, JFS offers an Open Access option. Authors who choose to publish using Open Access will pay an article publication charge (APC). A list of benefits of publishing Open Access and APC pricing are available here.
The only restriction JFS has on content length is for the abstract, which should not exceed 250 words. The length of the article itself varies submission to submission, with the manuscript type playing a role (i.e., Critical Review, Paper, Technical Note, Case Report). What is asked of the respective author(s) is that each article be of the shortest length required to contain all useful and relevant information. Supplemental information is published online and generally includes extended methods, datasets, statistical analysis and lab results, making it possible for other researchers to reproduce your findings.
New JFS articles are published in Early View as soon as the typesetting process of an accepted article has been completed and the author has provided corrections/signed off on the proof. Early View allows readers to access peer-reviewed articles faster, well before an article is allocated for an issue. The articles are searchable and can be cited by their digital object identifier (DOI).
JFS leadership realizes the importance of TAT, and efforts to improve TAT are continuous. JFS performance metrics:
- Average days from submission to first decision: 29 days
- Average days from original submission to final decision: 44 days
- Average days from final decision to online publication: 18 days
Additional JFS stats are available here