Q: Is the Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge funded by the government or the public?

A: No. The Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge is a private organization and does not receive funds from the government or the public.

Q: Does the Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge accept donations?

A:  No. The Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge is not a charitable organization. The laws do not permit us to accept donations. We suggest that potential donors look for charitable organizations approved by the government.

Q: What’s your business model for journal publishing? Why do you have publication fees?

A: We follow the Open Access way. This means that authors publish in our journals that provide immediate open access for readers to all articles on the publisher’s website. The readers pay nothing, while authors (or their institutions or funders) pay a publishing fee to maintain the journal operation.

Q: Can you waive or reduce the publication fee?

A: We charge authors a publication fee for each article they publish. This fee helps the open-access journals to cover their operational expenses. To avoid confusion and ensure fairness among customers, we do not waive or reduce publication fees to anyone, including the editorial board member and the author of the special issue.

Q: How do you use the publication fee from authors?

A: As an open-access publisher, CCSE charges a publication fee to cover the publication costs, which covers but is not limited to the following:

  • Printing free
  • Maintenance fee (article online hosting and backup)
  • Labor costs (Call for papers, author services, managing peer-review, editing, publishing, and other direct works)
  • Banking service
  • Marketing and advertisement