It is imperative for us to let you know that Research in Educational Administration & Leadership (REAL), Turkish Educational Administration Research and Development Association’s international open access journal publishing papers in English, does not require any fee for publication. Because the editorial team of the REAL believes that the researchers create the ‘scientific knowledge’ as an output of their intellectual efforts, and this deserves fairness in copyright issues. We strongly believe that we should not be forced to pay for publishing our works in academic publishing arena as in the case of a writer, a screenwriter, a columnist, etc.
That is why as the editorial team we have decided to provide minimum royalty to authors per an article published in REAL as the symbol of being respectful to the intellectual properties for our academic writings/outputs. However, since we publish our journal as a publication of an association that realizes its activities mostly voluntarily and we cannot afford to make a subsequent payment. We hope you understand this. Instead we decided that it would be fair to grant a symbolic/token amount to an NGO in Turkey, TEMA Foundation (http://www.tema.org.tr/web_14966-2_2/index.aspx). The mission of the TEMA Foundation (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) is to create effective and conscious public opinion on environmental problems, specifically soil erosion, deforestation, desertification, climate change and biodiversity loss.
The REAL transfers the symbolic amount to TEMA’s Reforestation Projects (http://www.tema.org.tr/web_14966-2_2/neuralnetwork.aspx?type=144). That means authors of a published article in the REAL support this reforestation project and they have three planting trees in corresponding author's name from the beginning issue of 2019. Also, a certificate for the implanted trees will be sent to the corresponding author.
Being responsible to a sustainable nature and sustainability in education is the stimulus behind this decision of the REAL.
Hope you will support and/or sustain the REAL’s bearing itself as the one that tries to attract attention to the fairness in intellectual property issues and a sustainable world.