May 22, 2022

Scholarly Publishing: SPIE Launches New Open Access Program for All Journals

From Today’s Announcement:

SPIE has announced a new program that provides Gold Open Access upon publication for a journal article for which authors or their institutions pay voluntary page charges, beginning in January 2013. Authors will retain copyright under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.

The new program covers articles in the journals published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics:

  •     Optical Engineering
  •     Journal of Biomedical Optics
  •     Journal of Electronic Imaging; co-published with IS&T
  •     Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
  •     Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
  •     Journal of Nanophotonics
  •     Journal of Photonics for Energy.

SPIE will continue open access publication at no cost to authors for all review and tutorial articles, and will continue to deposit NIH-funded articles with PubMed Central on the authors’ behalf.


“The voluntary page charges are modest, but help support the journals and enable provision of open access,” said SPIE Publications Business Development Manager Mary Summerfield. “For journals with two-column pages, the rate is $100 per published page; for journals with one column, it is $60 per published page. Thus, for a Letter the cost will be approximately $300 and for an average full paper it will be $700 to $800. SPIE Journals will continue to offer subscriptions so that authors who do not want to or cannot afford to pay these page charges can continue to publish their articles in these journals.”

Read the Complete Announcement

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