FAQ
Q1: How do I register?
A1: Click the ‘Create Account’ on the top right side and fill in your information. Please make sure it is true and correct. Then you will receive a confirmation Email. When your account is activated, the registration is finished.
Q2: How do I contribute to SOP?
A2: For a registered author, click ‘Sign in’ and submit articles. You will receive a confirmation Email of your contribution.
Q3: What is the publishing procedure?
A3: All published journals of SOP are under strict peer review. Your article will first be with editors to make sure it is within the scopes and fields. Then it will be with peer reviewers. Only if their comments are ‘Accepted’, will SOP publish your article. Please revise your article according to their advice if necessary.
Q4: How long is the publishing procedure?
A4: Because the time length of peer review is unpredictable, SOP will take care of your article as quickly as possible. Generally it takes no more than 8 weeks to publish journals out of contribution. At the meantime your cooperation and understanding are highly valued. Please keep an eye on your Email box and account to make sure your article is taken care of.
Q5: Do I have to pay for my articles?
A5: As an Open Access publisher, SOP charges nothing from readers or any academic institutions. However, SOP needs certain sum of payment for experts and editorial board to maintain first-class publishing quality. SOP also keeps our website running to increase visiting and download numbers of your article as well as to make your research outcomes known to all. Meanwhile SOP proofreads and edits every article with full meticulousness. Obviously all above is capital required. Thus you may need to pay a little number of money to make SOP better. Of course we can’t make a fortune out of it. And under affluent circumstance, SOP will publish your articles for free.
Q6: Is there any printed copy of my article?
A6: For concerns of environmental protection and energy conservation, most journals of SOP are only published electronically. However SOP can publish printed versions to satisfy our customer. Of course extra fees are required.
Q7: Who owns the copyright of the article?
A7: Under guidelines of Open Access, it is the author who owns the copyright of published articles. Under author’s authorization, SOP issues and popularizes the article. It is the author’s right to change and withdraw such authorization. However SOP won’t pay back any costs incurred or recall any published articles. Of course SOP does its best to protect author’s copyright from any malicious violation of third party.
Q8: What should I do to become a member of SOP’s the editorial board or reviewers?
A8: As a non-profit Open Access publisher, SOP welcomes researchers to join us to promote the development of journals. If you want to become a reviewer or an editorial board member, please click Apply Reviewer and Apply Editorial. SOP will contact you soon after we check your application.
Q9: what is Open Access?
A9: 1. Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
1.1 OA removes price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees) and permission barriers (most copyright and licensing restrictions).
1.2 By 'Open Access’, it means its 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. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

2. The legal basis of OA is the consent of the copyright holder (for newer literature) or the expiration of copyright (for older literature).
2.1 Because OA uses copyright-holder consent or the expiration of copyright, it does not require the reform, abolition, or infringement of copyright law.
2.2 When copyright holders consent to OA, what are they consenting to? Usually they consent in advance to the unrestricted reading, downloading, copying, sharing, storing, printing, searching, linking, and crawling of the full-text of the work.

3. OA is compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance.

3.1 Peer review does not depend on the price or medium of a journal. Nor does the value, rigor, or integrity of peer review.
3.2 One reason we know that peer review at OA journals can be as rigorous and honest as peer review in conventional journals is that it can use the same procedures, the same standards, and even the same people (editors and referees) as conventional journals.
3.3 OA journals can use traditional forms of peer review or they can use innovative new forms that take advantage of the new medium and the interactive network joining scholars to one another. However, removing access barriers and reforming peer review are independent projects. OA is compatible with every kind of peer review and doesn't presuppose any particular model.

4. OA can’t publish articles of plagiarism, misrepresentation, forgery or manipulation of experimental data.

See more : http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm