Open Access

Religion & Development is a fully Open Access journal, which means that all content is freely accessible online. Articles published in Open Access can therefore be expected to receive substantially higher numbers of views and citations, including notably by non-academic audiences. All articles in R&D are published under a non-exclusive Open Access license (CC-BY 4.0). The author(s) keep full copyright and give Brill permission to publish by signing a special Brill Open Consent to Publish.

R&D is dependent on Article Processing Charges to cover the costs of production. The Article Processing Charge applying to research articles in R&D is the same as Brill’s standard charge for open access publication in subscription journals, which can be found here: For a policy & practice note a 50% reduction of this charge applies by default. Authors whose institutions are not in a position to cover these costs should not hesitate to apply for a reduction or a waiver of the charges.

R&D’s Article Processing Charges are embedded in a solidarity model that seeks to ensure both equitable access to published articles (by publishing the journal in Open Access) and equitable opportunities to publish. As outlined in the first issue’s introductory article, R&D’s Editorial Committee

considered it non-negotiable to publish the journal in open access. To cover the journal’s immediate publication costs, we hence have developed a solidarity model based on article processing charges. In some parts of the world, financing for open access publication is increasingly available, be it through specific open access funds, from project budgets or through institutional support. Those scholars that have access to such funding will be required to pay article processing charges for their articles. At the same time, it is the journal’s firm policy that these costs should not be a hindrance for anyone wanting to publish in the journal. For those authors that are not able to pay the full article processing charges or who are not able to finance article processing charges at all, the article processing charges can be substantially reduced or waived.¹

The Editorial Committee hence appeals to colleagues particularly to make use of their institutional, national or project funder’s Open Access publication funds where such possibilities are available. Those scholars who do not have access to publication funding can request a reduction or waiver of the Article Publishing Charges upon submission. If in doubt or in case of any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office:

¹Öhlmann, Philipp, Olufunke Adeboye, Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Barbara Bompani, Nadine Bowers-Du Toit, Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Marie-Luise Frost, Wilhelm Gräb, Juliane Stork, Ignatius Swart, Tanya van Wyk, and Olivia Wilkinson. "A New Journal for a New Space: Introducing Religion & Development", Religion & Development 1, 1 (2022): 1-24, 15.


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