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Criteria for Article Processing Charge (APC) Coverage

If authors believe that their manuscript meets the criteria described below, authors are invited to contact the Editors and provide them with this completed TEMPLATE before submitting their manuscripts.  

The journal editors will decide if the submission meets the criteria for coverage below. If granted, APCs will be fully covered by the journal’s societies. 

Following peer review, if the article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be asked to confirm APC payment method, approved authors should select the Chiropractic Australia account option under the 'Journal Partners' page

More details will be provided if coverage is granted.


Manuscripts that may have their APCs covered need to have a good fit with the journal scope and the readers’ interests, have a strong chance of progressing to publication, and make a meaningful impact on the literature. This means the Editors usually prioritize high quality research articles that have demonstrated relevance and impact on clinical practice/patient care, and/or relevance and impact on future research, including:

  • Guidelines, systematic reviews, and scoping reviews 
  • Intervention clinical trials with patient-important outcomes
  • Observational studies
  • Studies about clinimetrics 
  • Mixed method and qualitative studies
  • Basic science

The Editors will also prioritize manuscripts that are innovative and agenda-setting, and when the first author is an early career researcher (research graduate student or within 5 years after their PhD degree); the Editors will only provide APC coverage when authors do not have alternate funds to pay for the APCs.

The Editors are unlikely to provide coverage for Commentaries, Debates, Protocols, studies dealing with educational issues, case studies, studies with relevance to only a restricted specialized/regional area, and survey studies with a poor response rate. Finally, the Editors also consider the balance of topics relevant to our readership.

Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 2.0
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 2.0
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.809
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.601

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 18
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 136

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 651,614
    Altmetric mentions: 640