AIP Publishing announced today the elimination of publication page charges and color charges, as of January 1, 2018, for all of the organization’s journals, including Physics of Plasmas, Review of Scientific Instruments, and 10 other prominent peer-reviewed physical science titles. The company’s decision followed an assessment of the global publishing landscape, which found that the charges represented potential barriers to some researchers, and no longer serve the AIP Publishing non-profit mission. Two prominent AIP Publishing titles, Journal of Applied Physics and Applied Physics Letters, ceased levying publication page charges in June 2017.
Removing these charges is the latest in a series of AIP Publishing policy initiatives to accommodate emerging shifts in scholarly communication. In 2016 the company adapted its licensing policies so that authors retain copyright of their work, and can share author manuscripts, without embargo, upon acceptance into an AIP Publishing journal.
“As a leader in the scientific publishing community, and as a not-for-profit organization, our goal is to connect readers with the research they need without exception,” Dr. Jason Wilde, Chief Publishing Officer at AIP Publishing said. “Removing page charges is consistent with our ongoing commitment to serve authors and researchers everywhere.”
AIP Publishing continually reviews policies to maintain alignment with the needs of physical science researchers around the globe. The decision announced here complements the company’s participation in industry initiatives such as CHORUS and howcanishareit, which make content more discoverable and accessible to researchers. AIP Publishing is also part of the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), providing free, open access to reference data from all journals in its portfolio.