1. What is Science Advances?
Science Advances is an online-only gold open access journal from AAAS, the publisher of Science. It is the latest and fourth peer-reviewed journal to join the Science family and will rapidly publish high-quality, original research in all disciplines of science.
2. How is Science Advances distinct from other open access journals?
We’re establishing our own model for high-quality open access publishing by creating a journal that is highly selective and broad in scope. Science Advances will publish high-impact original research in fields from computer science to engineering, environmental, life, mathematical, physical, and social sciences.
3. Why should I publish in Science Advances?
There are many advantages to publishing in Science Advances:
- Speed – Science Advances aims to rigorously and quickly review manuscript submissions and rapidly publish articles online.
- AAAS reputation – When you publish in Science Advances, you are publishing with a nonprofit organization that has been working to advance science for the betterment of humankind since 1848. As the publisher of the Science family of journals, we put service to science and our authors first.
- Broad audience – As a member of the Science family of journals, articles published in Science Advances may be featured in Science and recommended to readers of Science, Science Translational Medicine, or Science Signaling through our shared publishing platform. Additionally, Science Advances articles will be promoted on the Science website, through social media and select articles through press releases.
- Quality – As with all our journals, Science Advances’ editorial team is looking for top-flight manuscripts that define the entire range of scholarly pursuits. Our team of six deputy editors, more than forty associate editors, as well as individual reviewers will rigorously review submissions following Science’s peer review policies.
- Author services – All authors will have access to tools and features that many other open access journals do not have: topflight technical copyediting, professional typesetting, alternative article metrics, and article-level social media, marketing, and press support.
- Good value – With surcharges and discounts, we expect that most authors will pay a per-article fee of between $2,200 and $2,700 in the first two years.
- Site design – The Science Advances website is innovative and attractive, providing a functional and informative digital setting for readers. It is hosted by HighWire Press, a leading scholarly journal platform.
- Compliance – Articles published in Science Advances will comply with institutional and funder mandates.
4. What other features will Science Advances offer?
The journal will provide authors and readers alternative metrics and article-level social media, marketing, and press support.
AAAS science writers will regularly cover articles published in Science Advances for the press and other venues.
We’re exploring and developing new features and services to make our content easier to find, share, and read.
5. How do I submit my research to Science Advances?
Submitting a manuscript will be easy. Instructions on how to submit your research for publication in Science Advances are coming soon and will be available at scienceadvances.org.
6. Why does AAAS have an article processing charge for Science Advances?
Science Advances will be a broad, multidisciplinary, and very selective journal. We intend to publish a moderate volume of articles with an APC commensurate with the quality and value we’ll deliver to our authors and readers. This includes topflight copyediting and composition services, an innovative website, and article-level social media and marketing support.
Launching a journal of this caliber requires a significant investment, which AAAS is making. Our pricing model ensures the nonprofit AAAS can continue to invest in and support Science Advances and the scientific community for the long-term.
7. What does it cost to publish in Science Advances?
Science Advances is supported by article processing charges (APCs). This fee is paid by the author at time of article acceptance. Please visit this page for more information on our pricing structure.
8. What are my licensing options?
Authors may choose to publish under one of two Creative Commons licenses: CC BY or CC BY-NC. The CC BY-NC license allows authors to distribute, adapt, or reuse articles for non-commercial purposes, while commercial reuse requires permission. The CC BY license, available at an added cost, allows authors to distribute, adapt, or reuse articles, including for commercial purposes. Authors can comply with various institutional and funder mandates by choosing to publish under a CC BY license. We will reassess the cost structure for these licenses after one year.
9. Is there a page limit for articles submitted to Science Advances?
No. Authors may submit manuscripts of any length; however, there will be a $1,500 surcharge for any articles longer than fifteen final (galley) pages. The surcharge is to help cover the added costs of editing, copyediting, and other services. It is also intended to promote brevity and precision and discourage poorly-written and unnecessarily lengthy articles that are difficult to read. In the event that additional space is necessary to properly convey findings or ensure reproducibility, the page-length surcharge may be waived at the discretion of the editor.
10. Will there be any discounts?
Science Advances offers APC discounts as a benefit to corresponding authors who are AAAS members. Additional discounts are available to corresponding authors who are located at institutions that subscribe to journals published by AAAS. APC waivers also may be granted to authors in the developing world and to those experiencing financial hardships. For more information, please contact Science Advances business office by email at ScienceAdvances.org.
11. What is the journal’s editorial structure?
Science Advances has established an editorial structure that represents AAAS’ commitment to serving the entire scientific community. The journal is edited by Marcia McNutt, PhD, editor-in-chief of Science journals. Supporting Dr. McNutt is a team of six deputy editors and forty-four associate editors providing broad domain coverage, as well as an in-house editorial and management staff. Individual papers may also be sent to other scientists for additional peer reviews.
12. I have more questions! Whom do I contact?
If you are an author seeking information regarding editorial policies or have questions about submitting a manuscript, please contact Philippa Benson, managing editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a librarian seeking more information, please contact your publishing representative or email ScienceOnline@aaas.org.
For all questions regarding APCs, discounts, licensing or general business inquiries, please contact Will Schweitzer, business director, at email@example.com.
For all other questions, please email us at ScienceAdvancesStaff@aaas.org.