International Scientific Journal
Based on the exclusive rights defined in EDITORIAL POLICY, Open access policy, Editor-in-chief accepts decision that Participation fee can be waived for members of the Editorial Boards of the journal THERMAL SCIENCE, once a year only if they are corresponding authors. Exclusively, if member of the Editorial Boards will submit paper in which he/she is the only author, Editor-in-chief may once more waive his/her Participation fee.
This decision is in power from 1st January 2017.
Decision of the Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia, founder of the journal Thermal Science
The Management Board of the SOCIETY OF THERMAL ENGINEERS OF SERBIA, on the session held on March 6th 2013, wishing to create stable financial conditions for publishing the THERMAL SCIENCE journal, reached the following decisions:
Management Board of the SOCIETY OF THERMAL ENGINEERS OF SERBIA and National Editorial Board are aware that this is not popular and easy decision.
In the past 17 years, due to the quality of the papers published, THERMAL SCIENCE journal became a respectable international scientific journal, with continuously growing Impact factor, starting from 0.407 in 2009 up to 0.779 in 2011. Presently, current Impact factor is 1.45.
Number of papers submitted for publication in 2012 was more then 600. From this number, about 500 have been sent for review to the most respectable experts all over the world. National Editorial Board, in order to cope with the everyday growing number of papers submitted and accepted for publication, increased number of papers published in one issue from 10-15 papers in 2008, up to 25-29 in 2012, and increased number of issues per year: in 2005 – 3 issues, from 2006 to 2011 – 4 issues and in 2012 – 5 issues. Last three years we have also published 2 Supplement issues per year.
In spite of these efforts, we have on our waiting list (Online first list) more than 120 papers, and waiting period increased to even 1 and a half year. Also, in order to increase dissemination of the scientific results published in THERMAL SCIENCE, we have increased number of libraries all over the world to which we are sending our journal as hard copy, i.e. printed on the paper. This action has also increased our mailing costs.
As a consequence of the growing number of papers, increased number of issues per year and increased number of pages per issue, and at the same time due to world economy crisis and increase of prices of material and labour, costs of publishing journal, per issue and per page, increased several times.
Being aware that it is not possible to create sustainable financial and editing conditions for publishing the THERMAL SCIENCE journal, due to the fact that subscription cannot provide enough funds, especially considering the increase in number of papers to about 150 papers per year (by decreasing maximum number of pages per paper from 16 to 12), and despite financial help from several sponsors, but at the same time wishing to satisfy interest of the scientists all over the world to publish results of their investigations, the Management Board was forced to accept the above mentioned decision.
This decision will also make possible to fulfill one of the main principles of the National Editorial Board of the journal THERMAL SCIENCE - to publish Open access journal, available to all to publish and read.