Aims and scope

The Journal of Frugal Innovation (JFI) is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. It is aimed to provide a platform facilitating timely dissemination of innovative concepts for emerging markets. JFI is an open access journal catering to the needs of a wider populace. In the Open Access model the articles are free for all once published.

Frugal innovation can provide products and services with extreme affordability leading to an inclusive growth. Frugal innovation seeks design innovations which are simple and novel. Looking out for subtle cues within an environment and sensitive social dimensions associated with, assist in triggering and pushing innovation at the grass root level. Deciphering the social cues and bringing out user requirements in its desirable form are one of the biggest challenges associated with frugal innovation. Keeping an eye for simple and subtle aspects related to community service, community living and the tools in use is required to usher in innovation which is frugal in nature.

Companies are beginning to recognize the market potential in low and middle income spaces. Frugal is meant to bring about the awareness for extreme resource constraints in general and costing constraints in particular. Resource constrained environments influence the discourse in innovation and its practice. The lower sides of the economic pyramid have their own ambitions, desires and basic survival requirements. Frugal is about creating quality solutions for customers with very low purchasing power. Innovation in and for emerging markets has contexts and challenges along resource constraints or scarcity, market affordability constraints and, institutional voids or complexities. Frugal innovation can spread across social, technical and institutional innovations.

 JFI welcomes various kinds of articles that will establish the basis for frugal innovation. The submissions are welcome with supporting materials like, videos, artworks and animations.

Why publish your article in Journal of Frugal Innovation?

High visibility

Journal of Frugal Innovation's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Journal of Frugal Innovation offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Frugal Innovation and SpringerOpen.


Online publication in Journal of Frugal Innovation gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Journal of Frugal Innovation are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Journal of Frugal Innovation may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Journal of Frugal Innovation


Authors of articles published in Journal of Frugal Innovation retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Journal of Frugal Innovation are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Journal of Frugal Innovation you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Journal of Frugal Innovation therefore levies an article-processing charge of £660/$1030/€840 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Springer Open provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Journal of Frugal Innovation will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Journal of Frugal Innovation operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.
Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Frugal Innovation should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

 Journal of Frugal Innovation will cease to be published by Springeropen as of date 12/31/2016. Springeropen will continue to host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal and all articles published in Journal of Frugal Innovation during its time with Springeropen will remain fully searchable via the Springeropen website.