Our goal is to provide quality journal publications for readers all over the world for free, regardless of their socioeconomic situations. In more affluent countries, libraries pay for rather expensive subscriptions from major publishing conglomerates which academics in these institutions can benefit from, but there are numerous academics from institutions in less developed countries that simply do not have the financial ability to pay for these subscriptions. It is our goal to produce high quality open access journals as well as comprehensive yet accessible academic book titles that are reasonable for both authors and readers alike.
We wish we could provide our services completely free of charge to authors (and of course readers!), but we need to cover the various costs associated with publication of research, which we strive to keep to a minimum. All of our journals are available to readers for free, and we offer open access as an option for all of our academic book publications, where authors can choose to make their books free to readers, or they can publish them as a regular publication, which we will make as affordable as possible.
As a part of our mission to maximise accessibility to research, we will donate a percentage of the paper-based versions of all academic books we publish to libraries in OECD-listed developing countries to enable readers everywhere to have the opportunity to access our titles, even if they are not offered as open access. We hope that this gives opportunities to people everywhere to benefit from the work of academics and researchers who dedicate their time, effort, and expertise to disseminate their work.
Our concept has been developed in conjunction with respected academics from around the world who have extensive publishing experience, and we are extremely conscious of the need to avoid being branded as a "predatory publisher" or a "pay to publish anything" publisher. From the outset, we have standards that we will not allow to be compromised, and we endeavour to maintain the strictest ethics in all levels of review of manuscripts for publication for both journal articles and books.
Our Commitment to Quality
Any work that is published must go through a review process by both internal editors and independent external specialists in the field. All reviewers are selected by experienced senior academics in the respective fields, and we are proud of the finished product of everything that we publish. We believe it is the duty of the publisher as much as it is of the author to ensure that quality is maintained at all times, and we will always strive to our utmost to achieve this. We abide by the core practices outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and will not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty or inappropriate practice.
We conduct biennial independent external reviews on all publications, including every journal and book title, to ensure that we are keeping our promises regarding publication quality. Although we endeavour to make sure that nothing will get published in the first place unless it meets our standards, if there are any areas where we find shortcomings, we will take measures to improve upon these immediately.
At Castledown Publishers, we strive to ensure that our publications are synonymous with quality, fairness, and openness, so that all authors of publications that carry our name can be assured that they are getting the very best that we can offer, and that the Castledown brand is one that they can be proud to be associated with.