I found a hybrid journal that accepts an open access option. When I submitted my paper, there was no choice to choose open access and it is submitted now, how can I tell the journal that I need to publish with open access, or will the choice of open access be at then end of the reviewing process?

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    You will be offered that choice when the paper is accepted.
    – user9482
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 14:38
  • thanks for replying , so it will be at the end of the reviewing process , but excuse me i found that some papers were reviewed and published with in two months with open access and the other without this option took a long time for reviewing , is there any relation or just luck ?
    – user1
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 14:40
  • There is not enough information to tell. That could easily be a function of luck, how fast the reviewers are, suitability of the original manuscript, time authors take for revisions etc.
    – Anyon
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 15:13

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Open access is usually (but not always) offered after the peer review process is complete - i.e. after your paper is accepted.

For now there's nothing to do except wait.

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    And be prepared to be shocked (shocked, I say) when they tell you the cost of open access.
    – Buffy
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 15:40
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    @Buffy Shouldn't be too shocking at that point; don't most journals make the fees clear at the time of submission?
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 15:59
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    @BryanKrause, some users here have been shocked (shocked, I say), so maybe not all.
    – Buffy
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 16:00

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