We are about to finish the development of a bioinformatic tool (plant genomic study) and we want to publish it in an open access journal. The thing is that our institution in Argentina provides no funding for publishing. I've already written to Scientific Reports asking for a APC waiver and they grant us with 20% discount because they have knowledge about our situation. Although a nice bonus, we do not count with the money for paying the remaining (about 1360 USD). We've also written to other journals like frontiers of plant science but still did not receive an answer.

What journal do you think that we could apply in our situation?

Do you know any institutions that can fund open research for third parties?

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    Maybe this list is helpful: doaj.org/subjects – OBu Mar 15 '18 at 13:26
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    I don't have a specific one in mind right now, but one of my recent submissions was to an Open Access journal just starting out (it had only the first volume published online). In order to encourage submissions and get it off the ground, they waved the publication fees for the first 2 or 3 volumes. So it might be worth looking into fresh Open Access journals currently on their 2nd volume or so. Also probably more risky as they don't have much of a reputation (yet) if they are as new, but hey, that's the compromise. – penelope Mar 15 '18 at 13:41
  • @penelope that is something we've done in the past also. This time I could not (yet) find a suitable journal – user1532587 Mar 15 '18 at 13:57

I recently published a conference paper (fee was around $500). The paper received good feedback and was well regarded in it's field. After a few weeks, I received an invitation to extent the work for a journal publication published by the same organisation. As I was invited, there'll be no publication fees for the journal.

It's a bit of a long shot, but if you target a small conference with a specific interest and an associated journal, it might be worth a try.

Disclaimer: I didn't publish at the conference for the journal and the outcome will depend on many factors, such as your research and how it is received.

Wish you lots of luck in these hard times.

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