May 26, 2022

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Announces New Open Access Policy

From an AAAS Statement:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nonprofit publisher of the six Science family journals, is announcing an update to its terms of open access publication. On a trial basis, AAAS will allow authors funded by cOAlition S organizations to place a CC BY or a CC BY-ND license on their accepted manuscripts.

AAAS has long held green open access policies for all five of its subscription-based journals, in addition to facilitating open access publication through its gold open access journal Science Advances.

This approach reflects AAAS’s concern that facilitating open access by gold routes alone puts undue financial obligation on authors, which could freeze in place or further exacerbate longstanding inequities for authors across race, gender, geographies, disciplines, and institutions.

The pilot for cOAlition S-funded researchers ensures these researchers can continue to publish in the Science family journals.

Read the Complete Statement

See Also: cOAlition S Welcomes AAAS Decision to Support the Sharing Of Author Accepted Manuscripts

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