Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is Asian Journal of Andrology?
Asian Journal of Andrology is an international peer-reviewed open access journal in the domain of andrology covering all aspects of male reproductive and sexual health in both human and animal models. The journal aims to bring to light the various clinical advancements and research developments in andrology from the international community. For details of the scope and types of article published by Asian Journal of Andrology see www.ajaandrology.com/contributors.asp .

2. How about the impact factor of Asian Journal of Andrology?
Recent Impact factor: 2.140
Impact Factor

3.Why submit to Asian Journal of Andrology?
Submit your research to Asian Journal of Andrology to take advantage of:

Rapid peer review
Our insistence on fast and thorough peer review enables us to process manuscripts quickly; we aim to reach initial decisions within average 4 weeks.

Publication immediately on acceptance
All articles are published on the day they are accepted.

Open access
All articles published in Asian Journal of Andrology are open access (freely available on the journal website, with the copyright retained by our journal). To cover the cost of open access publishing we levy an article-processing charge .

High visibility within the field
Your work is freely accessible to a global audience.

4. What is Open Access?

Brief introduction
The term “open access” refers to a free and unrestricted online availability of journal literature, made possible by the convergence of the tradition of scholarly publishing and the technology of the Internet. The specific features of this free and unrestricted availability are spelled out in various public statements, including the Budapest Open Access Initiative, the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.
Under the Bethesda and Berlin definitions of open access, it is the author's and copyright holder's responsibility to deposit a complete version of the work and all supplemental materials, including a copy of the permission statement, “in at least one online repository that is supported and maintained by a well-established institution or organization that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, inter-operability, and long-term archiving.” Under the Bethesda and Berlin definitions of open access, users’ rights consist of “a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose,” as well as “the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal use.”
Under the Budapest definition, open access means “free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.”
The Public Library of Science (PLoS), an organization of scientists and physicians committed to promoting open access, endorses the Bethesda definition, but allows commercial re-use of its journal content, as specified in the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL).
All articles published in Asian Journal of Andrology are open access, which means they are freely and universally accessible online, and permanently archived in an internationally recognized open access repository, such as PubMed Central.

Article-processing charges (APCs)
As the cost of peer reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving articles is not recouped through subscription charges, a standard article processing charge (APC) is levied on all articles (except invited articles) that are accepted for publication. The current APC for Asian Journal of Andrology is:
4900 CNY 3 or fewer published pages
9800 CNY 4-8 published pages
1000 CNY Per page 8 + published pages
If the first-order author in a certain article is the member of "AJA Club", a 10% discount for the APC can be offered. [This discount is not applied to charges for color page, figure modification and other extra charges]

Funding agencies explicitly allow direct use of their grants to cover APCs

If you receive grants for your research, check with your funding agency to see if they will cover the costs of OA publishing. Many funding agencies allow the use of grants for this purpose and an increasing number, such as the Wellcome Trust, Research Council UK, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the US National Institutes for Health, strongly encourage open access publication. The following is a list of funding agencies we know of that have confirmed that they allow the payment of article-processing charges:

Benefits of open access
• Open access articles are freely available via the internet and are therefore more widely visible than articles published behind subscription barriers, with some studies suggesting that on average open access articles are twice as likely to be cited. • Open access publication benefits the scientific community by making results of research immediately and freely available to all.

5. How can I order reprints?
If you require high quality, bound reprints of research articles, we can offers a fast, professional reprint services, and reprints can be ordered by contacting aja@sibs.ac.cn. Please find the detailed information here.

6. Is there a printed version of the journal?
Yes, Asian Journal of Andrology is published both online and in print.

7. Any other fees?

There might be fees for peer-reviewing process
Typically, there is no fee for peer-reviewing process. However, AJA charges fees of peer-reviewing process for the following situation: manuscripts have been reviewed by two or more experts during the peer-reviewing process, and the authors ask for withdrawal the manuscripts due to their own reasons. AJA editors will ask for a certain amount of fees depending on the level of the process for their manuscripts.

There might be fees for revising the manuscript significantly
During the proof-reading, the authors are allowed to revise the non-essential content of the manuscript. If the revised part are so much that the manuscript need to be typeset again and further editing by the editors, or even the manuscript need to be resent for reviewing, those authors would be charged a certain amount of fee depending on certain situation.

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