Fund for article processing charges for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research

Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
early stage researchers
member benefit
article processing charges
Update on a College of Podiatry member benefit relating to publishing costs in JFAR
One of the College of Podiatry (UK) member benefits is a reserve fund (£20,000) to cover the article-processing charge (APC) for manuscripts submitted for publication in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research (JFAR) by its members. All articles published in JFAR are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Open access publishing is not without costs. BMC, the platform hosts for JFAR, levies an APC of £1,570.00 (APC 2020 fees) for each article accepted for publication in JFAR, plus VAT where applicable.
College of Podiatry members can make a special request for these funds by email to the College of Podiatry Clinical Director which will then require completion of membership status to be considered by the funding panel. As our JFAR APC fund is capped and the number of requests for this fund is greater and increasing year on year than the money available, we have made the decision to prioritise consideration of support for JFAR APCs to our early stage researchers. The people we nurture and support to become tomorrow’s leaders in discovery science are central to the both the College of Podiatry and the editorial board of Journal of Foot Ankle Research mission.  It is vitally important that, as a membership, we encourage, recognise and reward research talent in order to become a location of choice for staff at all career stages.

There is no one single definition of an early stage researcher. However the UK Research Councils and the Research Excellence Framework suggest an early career researcher is determined on the length of time since the individual completed their PhD. The College of Podiatry understands these definitions offer a perspective of who falls into the official category of an early stage researcher, but we believe these definitions are too rigid and fail to encapsulate our diverse research and academic community. We have a wide range of members who are at the early stages of researcher development and have undertaken research of sufficient quality to be published in JFAR  from undergraduate, Masters and PhD students to post-doctoral researchers who are undertaking the first stages of their research careers.  
The revised eligibility criteria for requests to the JFAR APC fund is:
  • Member of the College of Podiatry
  • Undergraduate, Masters, PhD student/equivalent and post-doctoral researcher undertaking the first stage of their research careers (ie, within three years (full time equivalence/pro rata) of completion of their PhD)
  • First, second or last author.

Professor Paul Chadwick (Clinical Director, College of Podiatry)
Martin Fox (Chair, Clinical Senate)