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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Scholar Chatter charge fees?

Interestingly, most journal article publishers DO charge fees. In fact, Wiley, Springer, PLOS, Sage, and Elsevier—some of the larger, most well-known journal publication organizations--charge publication fees. Some fees are for memberships and other fees cover article publication costs, such as peer reviewers, database documentation fees, typesetting and formatting for publication, offsetting the cost for hosting the article in perpetuity, and marketing. While Scholar Chatter charges similar fees, we also disrupt the journal article publication “norm” by also having in-house one-on-one guidance and professional editors—all who published and hold PhDs. We also provide membership pages, where authors can network about common topics of interest. All but the basic membership provides some of these services as part of the annual fee. Some journal article publishers do not charge fees; however, they are most likely supported through non-profit grants or other philanthropic ventures.

What is peer-reviewing?

All manuscripts submitted to Scholar Chatter for publication are subject to a double-blind peer-review process, to ensure the rigor and scholarship expected in published research. Once a manuscript is submitted for publication consideration to, two different peer reviewers, holding PhDs, read and analyze the manuscript based on specific elements of scholarship, writing, topical interest, formatting, and rigor. Peer reviewers have four choices: approve with no changes, approve with minor changes, approve with major changes, refer to Editor-in-Chief for review.

U.S. Copyright or Creative Commons Licensing?

Applying for a U.S. Copyright is confusing and time-consuming, in addition to  authors paying a substantial processing fee. Obtaining a Creative Commons license is easy, quick, and less expensive. Since Scholar Chatter prefers authors retain copyright to their published work, we suggest allowing Scholar Chatter to apply the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-SA) license, as suggested by most journal article accrediting organizations. Each license allows certain uses of the published work while retaining ownership of the intellectual property. If your research was funded by a grant, organization, or institution, you may be required to obtain another copyright. You should check to ensure you obtain the correct type of copyright. Creative Commons Licensing is a non-profit organization. Scholar Chatter provides quarterly donations to help support the organization for our authors.

Why does Scholar Chatter publish with open access?

  • Provides free and immediate public access to your research. Most students will avoid paying for a research document in favor of free access to research, which leads to greater possibilities for citations of your work.

  • Requirements by funding organizations to offer open access. Some organizations or institutions provide funds for research and stipulate open access publication. They may also require obtaining a Creative Commons license over a U.S. Copyright.

  • Author control of published work. Scholar Chatter prefers authors obtain a Creative Commons license, to ensure control and ownership of their intellectual property.

Why should I obtain an ORCID ID number?

Creating an ORCID ID allows authors to obtain credit for their work when submitting a manuscript. The ORCID ID also ensures transparency and recognition of prior publications.

Is tax included?

All fees collected are in USD, and sales tax is included in the fees, payable to the State of Washington quarterly.

How do I cite an open access article?

Scholar Chatter uses APA 7th Edition Manual of Style formatting and subscribes to the CrossRef Digital Object Identifier (doi) process for linking digitally published documents. All manuscripts are assigned a doi number upon publication and is then registered with and available through online metadata searches. Published Scholar Chatter manuscripts should be cited as follows, using APA 7th Edition Manual of Style formatting:

Conzelmann, J. D., (2020). Example of APA formatted reference. Scholar Chatter, 1(1), 1—10.



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