Our peer-reviewed sister journal: Lignocellulose (no author payment)
Gifts to support BioResources
The peer-reviewed journal BioResources is provided free-of-charge for Internet viewing and downloading of scientific articles. We do not collect any subscription fees. We do not get advertising revenue. This open-access availability helps to maximize the number of readers who will view each published article.
But we do have expenses. Specifically, dedicated professional staff is required in order to maintain the high standards of proofreading, formatting, and file management that we require for the journal.
If you are in a position to support the important work of BioResources, we sure would appreciate your monetary gift. Tax-deductable contributions can be made through our Pulp and Paper Foundation that operates within the NC State Natural Resources Foundation; please make sure to specify the "BioResources Fund" when you use the Foundation's online contribution system. Detailed instructions are given below under "How to Pay".
Regarding expenses, at BioResources we make a great effort to keep costs to a minimum. Many hundreds of volunteers donate their time to review articles and to suggest to the authors how to improve them. The co-editors receive no income from the journal. And most importantly, we use a streamlined submissions system to minimize work and cut down the time needed to publish articles. We gain a lot of efficiency by using the "Open Journal Systems" software. This software helps us manage the submissions and peer-review system smoothly and accurately. We also require our authors to use a "template" when they submit articles, a practice that reduces the work required during final editing and formatting.
Online Credit Card Contributions (recommended)
Donors are encouraged to use our automated system to make contributions by credit card. Authors can contribute toward the expenses of the publication process. Steps required in order to do this are as follows:
If you decide to mail a check, please mail it to the following address:
Melissa Rabil / NC State BioResources Journal
Please write "BioResources Fund" in the memo area of your check.
And if you are making the contribution as an author who has published in the journal, please make a label like the following one on your check: “BioRes_4_2_376_Johnson” in the memo area. Note that the numbers in the label should correspond to the volume, issue, and first page of the published article, and “Johnson” should be replaced by the first author’s surname. If you decide to include a cover letter, please indicate the same information in that letter, also indicating that the funds are to be considered as a donation. Related information about this is given at the "Author instructions" page.
How the Funds Will Be Used
Except for the work of the authors themselves, proofreading is one of the most important and time-consuming tasks required for the production of each new issue of BioResources. Though much of the work associated with our journal is thanks to the generosity of reviewers, who volunteer their time and expertise, such input is mainly directed toward the quality of the science – not the writing and format. The journal’s proofreading staff also handles the associated file management, website issues, and monitoring of input from the reviewers.
If gifts received exceed what is required to support the costs of proofreading and administering the journal, any excess funds have been committed to the support of scholarships for undergraduate students in our Department of Forest Biomaterials.